Find the Best Hikes and Backpacking Trips in California's Sierra Nevada
The rush of trekking through nature, the thrill of experiencing new places, the reward of discovering beautiful sights-all of this awaits in the Sierra Nevada. For more than 40 years, this definitive guidebook has led readers along the top trails between the mountain range's northern boundary and the southern edge of Yosemite National Park. Now, with this revised and updated edition, let hiking experts Elizabeth Wenk and Mike White show you the way.
Sierra North features 86 meticulously selected trips, from new routes to old favorites. Traverse Hoover Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Emigrant Wilderness, Desolation Wilderness, and more. The trips are organized around major highways and roads, so it's easy to choose your next adventure. Just pick an area, drive there, and go hiking.
Inside you'll find
- 86 trips that range from quick overnighters to 11-day excursions
- Complete trip details, including day-by-day trail descriptions, GPS waypoints, and elevation data
- 36 trailhead maps that show the routes for every trip
- Beginner tips and trusted advice on camping, fishing, and bear safety
- Information on side trips, geology, natural history, and more
Planning your trip into the northern Sierra backcountry is easier than ever before. For additional hiking and backpacking opportunities, see the companion guide Sierra South.
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Since childhood, Lizzy Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada and continues the tradition with her husband, Douglas Bock, and daughters, Eleanor and Sophia. As she obtained a PhD in Sierran alpine plant ecology from the University of California, Berkeley, her love of the mountain range morphed into a profession. But writing guidebooks has become her way to share her love and knowledge of the Sierra Nevada with others. Lizzy continues to obsessively explore every bit of the Sierra, spending summers hiking on- and off-trail throughout the range, but she currently lives in Sydney, Australia, during the "off-season." Other Wilderness Press titles she has authored include John Muir Trail, One Best Hike: Mount Whitney, One Best Hike: Grand Canyon, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite, and Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail, the latter a perfect companion book for all naturalists.
Mike White was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He learned to hike, backpack, and climb in the Cascade Mountains, and he honed his outdoor skills further while obtaining a bachelor's degree from Seattle Pacific University. After college, Mike and his wife, Robin, relocated to the Nevada desert, where he was drawn to the majesty of the High Sierra. In the early 1990s, Mike began writing about the outdoors, expanding the third edition of Luther Linkhart's The Trinity Alps for Wilderness Press. His first solo project was Nevada Wilderness Areas and Great Basin National Park. Many more titles for Wilderness followed, including the Snowshoe Trails series; books about Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Lassen National Parks; Backpacking Nevada; Top Trails: Northern California's Redwood Coast; Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada; Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico; 50 of the Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno; and Afoot & Afield: Reno-Tahoe. Two of his books, Top Trails: Lake Tahoe and 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, have won national awards. Mike has also contributed to the Wilderness Press classics Sierra South and Sierra North, as well as Backpacking California. In addition to his books, Mike has written for Sunset, Backpacker, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. A community college instructor, Mike is a featured speaker for outdoors groups. He and Robin live in Reno; his two sons, David and Stephen, live in the area as well.
Sierra North Locator Map
Going High to Get High
Trip Cross-Reference Table
- Updates for the Tenth Edition
- Care and Enjoyment of the Mountains
- Safety and Well Being
- The Bear Problem
- Maps and Profiles
- How to Use This Book
US Interstate 80 Trips
State Highway 89 Trips
- Powderhorn Trailhead
- Meeks Bay Trailhead
- Bayview Trailhead
- Big Meadow Trailhead
US Highway 50 Trips
- Twin Lakes Trailhead
- Echo Summit Trailhead
State Highway 88 Trips
- Silver Lake-Granite Lake Trailhead
- Thunder Mountain Trailhead
- Woods Lake Trailhead
- Carson Pass West Trailhead
- Carson Pass East Trailhead
- Upper Blue Lake-Granite Lake Trailhead
State Highway 4 Trips
- Lake Alpine-Silver Valley Trailhead
- Mosquito Lakes Trailhead
- High Trail Trailhead
State Highway 108 Trips
- Crabtree Camp Trailhead
- Gianelli Cabin Trailhead
- Iceberg Meadow Trailhead
- Kennedy Meadow Trailhead
- Leavitt Meadows Trailhead
State Highway 120 Trips
- Hetch Hetchy Trailhead
- WhiteWolf Trailhead
- Tenaya Lake Trailhead
- Cathedral Lakes Trailhead
- Elizabeth Lake Trailhead
- Lembert Dome Trailhead
- Lyell Canyon-PCT/JMT Trailhead
- Mono Pass Trailhead
- Saddlebag Lake Trailhead
Western Yosemite Trips
- Happy Isles Trailhead
- Bridalveil Creek Trailhead
- Glacier Point-Panorama Trailhead
US Highway 395 Trips
- Corral Valley Trailhead
- Twin Lakes Trailhead
- Green Creek Roadend Trailhead
About the Authors
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