Sierra Highways and Passes

  • Highway 80
    • Sacramento to Truckee/Reno
    • Tahoe National Forest
  • Highway 50
    • Echo Summit 7379ft
    • Sacramento to Lake Tahoe
    • Eldorado National Forest
  • Highway 108
    • Sonora Pass 9609ft
    • Modesto/Pinecrest Lake
    • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Highway 49
  • Highway 36
    • Red Bluff to Chester/Lake Almanor
  • Highway 70
    • Oroville to Portola
  • Highway 120
    • Tioga Pass 9944ft
    • Modesto to Yosemite to Mono Lake
    • Yosemite National Park
  • Highway 4
    • Ebbetts Pass 8756ft
    • Stockton to Markleeville
    • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Highway 88
    • Yuba Pass 6800ft
    • Stockton to Markleeville
    • Caples Lake
    • Stanislaus National Forest
  • Highway 89
  • Highway 178
    • Bakersfield to Ridgecrest
    • Sequoia National Forest

Sierra Permits

Gateways to the Sierras

Northwest

  • Folsom Lake – 2 hours, Verizon
  • Lake Oroville – 2.5 hours, Verizon
  • Rollins Reservoir – 2.5 hours, Verizon
  • Union Valley Reservoir – 3 hours, Verizon
  • Ice House Reservoir – 3 hours, Verizon

Central West

  • Yosemite Valley – 3.5 hours, Verizon
  • Camanche Reservoir – 2 hours, Verizon
  • New Hogan Lake – 2 hours, Verizon
  • Salt Spring Valley Reservoir – 2 hours, Verizon
  • New Melones Lake – 2.5 hours, Verizon
  • Tulloch Reservoir – 2.5 hours, Verizon
  • Pinecrest Lake – 3 hours, Verizon
  • Beardsley Lake – 3.5 hours, No Verizon
  • Don Pedro Reservoir – 2.5 hours, Spotty Verizon
  • Lake McClure – 2.5 hours, Very Spotty Verizon
  • Bass Lake – 3.5 hours, Verizon
  • Mammoth Pool – 5 hours, No Verizon
  • Mono Hot Springs 5 hours, No Verizon
  • Vermillion Valley/Lake Thomas Edison – 6 hours, No Verizon

Southwest

  • Pine Flat Reservoir – 3.5 hours, Very Spotty Verizon
  • Grant Grove Village – 4 hours, Verizon
  • Lake Kaweah – 4 hours, Verizon
  • Millerton Lake – 3 hours, Verizon
  • Shaver Lake – 4 hours, Verizon
  • Huntington Lake – 4.5 hours, Verizon
  • Courtright Reservoir – 5 hours, No Verizon
  • Wishon Reservoir – 4.5 hours, Very Spotty Verizon
  • Florence Lake – 6 hours, No Verizon
  • Lake Success – 4.5 hours, Spotty Verizon
  • California Hot Springs – 5 hours, No Verizon
  • Isabella Lake – 5.5 hours, Verizon
  • Bakersfield – 4.5 hours, Verizon

Northeast

  • Bridgeport Reservoir – 4.5 hours, Verizon
  • Mono Village/Twin Lakes – 5 hours, No Verizon
  • Topaz Lake – 4 hours, Verizon
  • Grover Hot Springs – 4 hours, No Verizon
  • Lake Tahoe – 3.5 hours, Verizon

Central East

  • Mono Lake – 5.5 hours
  • Silver Lake – 6 hours
  • June Lake – 6 hours
  • Mammoth Lakes – 6 hours
  • Convict Lake – 6 hours
  • Devils Postpile – 6 hours, Very Spotty or No Verizon
  • Lake Crowley – 6.5 hours, Verizon
  • Bishop – 6.5 hours, Verizon
  • Big Pine – 7 hours, Verizon

Southeast

  • Tinemaha Reservoir – 7 hours, Verizon
  • Independence – 7.5 hours, Verizon
  • Owens Lake – 7.5 hours, Verizon
  • Ridgecrest – 6.5 hours, Verizon
  • Mojave -6 hours, Verizon

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Within Sierra National Forest

Borders John Muir Wilderness in Humboldt-Toiyabe National forest (southeast), Inyo National Forest (north), and Yosemite Wilderness (northwest)

Main access from Reds Meadows (east), Mammoth Lakes (east), June Lake (northeast), Tuolumne Meadows (northwest), and Lake Thomas Edison (southeast).

Entrances:

  • Southern Entrances:
    • Lake Thomas Edison
    • Mono Hot Springs
  • Western Entrances:
    • Clover Meadow
    • Yosemite Wilderness
  • Northern Entrances:
    • Tuolumne Meadows
  • Eastern Entrances:
    • Silver Lake
    • Agnew Meadows
    • Mammoth Lakes
    • Reds Meadows

Highlights:

  • California Hiking and riding trail
  • Pacific crest trail
  • Thousand Island Lake

Emigrant Wilderness

Stanislaus National Forest

Primary access is from Pinecrest Lake

Borders Hoover Wilderness in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (East), and Yosemite Wilderness (south)

Pacific Crest Trail skirts along the eastern edge of Emigrant Wilderness = ? Miles ? To Sonora Pass

  • Western Entrances
    • Pinecrest Lake
  • Northern Entrances
    • Eagle Meadow
    • Kennedy Meadows
  • Southern Entrances
    • Cherry Lake – Shingle Springs Trailhead
  • Eastern Entrances
    • PCT in Hoover Wilderness
    • PCT in Yosemite Wilderness
  • Highlights:
    • Emigrant Lake
  • Basecamp Lakes:
    • Pinecrest Lake – Stanislaus National Forest
    • Cherry Lake – Stanislaus National Forest
    • Lake Eleanor – Yosemite Wilderness
    • Hetch Hetchy – Yosemite Wilderness
    • Leavitt Lake – Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area

Sierra Nevada Wilderness

Wilderness Areas:

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Sierra Nevada Airports

  • Sacramento (SMF)
    • $160 RT @1 hr from SFO
    • United (SFO)
    • Sacramento Intl Airport
    • Driving = 2.5 hours each way from SF
  • Fresno (FAT)
    • $150 RT @1 hr from SFO
    • United (SFO), American
    • Fresno Yosemite Intl Airport
    • Driving = 3 hours each way from SF
  • Bakersfield (BFL)
    • $150 RT @1.25 hrs from SFO
    • United (SFO), American
    • Meadows Field Airport
    • Driving = 4 hours each way from SF
  • Reno (RNO)
    • $100 RT @1 hr 10 min from SFO
    • United (SFO), American, Southwest (OAK)
    • Reno-Tahoe Intl Airport
    • Driving = 4 hours each way from SF
  • Redding (RDD)
    • $300 RT @
  • No flights
    • Stockton (SCK)
    • Mammoth Lakes (MMH)