California's Southeastern Sierra

Location: 170 miles south of Reno, NV and 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA

Featured Hikes

Ediza Lake and the Minarets

Ediza Lake

Distance: 7.8 - 13.4 miles (Round Trip)

The jagged spires of the Minarets and two 14er's, Mount Ritter and Banner Peak, form the dramatic backdrop for Ediza Lake, one of the most stunning lakes in the Ritter Range. This hike visits this alpine jewel, passing beautiful Shadow Lake and a series of pretty waterfalls on Shadow Creek along the way.

The panorama from the viewpoint below Bishop Pass

Bishop Pass

Distance: 4.0 - 11.0 miles (Round Trip)

This excellent hike leads through a succession of beautiful lake basins to Bishop Pass (11,972-ft.), with spectacular views of Mount Agassiz, the Black Divide and Dusy Basin.

Midnight Lake

Sabrina Basin

Distance: 6.0 - 11.8 miles (Round Trip)

This is one of the best hikes in the Bishop area, visiting a series of beautiful lakes nestled in a dramatic basin of 13,000-ft. granite peaks.

North Peak dominates the skyline above beautiful Shamrock Lake

20 Lakes Basin

Distance: 4.9 - 9.1 miles (Loop)

The loop around the 20 Lakes Basin travels through breathtaking alpine scenery, visiting nine stunning lakes surrounded by dramatic peaks and ridges. The glorious scenery and relative ease of the trail make this a very popular hike.

Beautiful reflections of the peaks in Long Lake

Little Lakes Basin

Distance: 4.2 - 7.7 miles (Round Trip)

A wonderful hike visiting a series of scenic lakes nestled in a gorgeous valley surrounded by 13,000-ft peaks. Side trips lead to Morgan and Mono Passes along with a number of other lakes.

View of Kearsarge and Bull Frog lakes from the pass

Kearsarge Pass

Distance: 9.6 miles (Round Trip)

The scenic hike to Kearsarge Pass (11,823-ft.) travels by five shimmering lakes and features great views of the rugged crags and peaks along the east side of the Sierra Crest. From the pass breathtaking views encompass the Kearsarge Lakes, the Kearsarge Pinnacles and the Kings-Kern Divide.

View to the south from the first Hoover Lake.

Hoover Lakes

Distance: 5.8 - 11.8 miles (Round Trip)

Multi-hued peaks form the backdrop of the Hoover Lakes, a pair of alpine jewels ringed by meadows and talus slopes. Along the way the trail traverses lovely meadows, climbs beside rushing streams and visits pretty Green Lake and beautiful East Lake.

Looking northwest from Burro Pass (11,100-ft.)

Virginia Lakes

Distance: 3.2 - 10.0 miles (Round Trip)

This great little hike visits five beautiful lakes framed by rugged peaks and then climbs to a scenic pass with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Extend the hike with a visit to Summit Lake cradled in a saddle along the Pacific Crest.

Bristlecone Pine along the Discovery Trail

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trails at Schulman Grove

Distance: 1.0 - 4.2 miles (Loop)

Hike among some of the oldest trees in the world on two interesting trails that traverse the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest at Schulman Grove, high atop of the White Mountains.

The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps

The southeastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, around the towns of Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop and Lone Pine, is a hiker’s paradise of rugged peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and gorgeous meadows.

Base Camp Information: Lee Vining / Mammoth Lakes / Bishop / Lone Pine / Bridgeport