Find yourself in a faraway land on the edge of the Yosemite Wilderness at Cherry Lake. Secluded shores and nearby camping make this spot a local favorite for an unplugged weekend getaway.
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Big trees and big adventures await you at Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, one of Yosemite’s less visited, but most awe-inspiring destinations. Hike down into the grove and take in the views of your dreams. Giant Sequoia trees galore. Bring your yoga mat and get grounded in the grove or pack a picnic and snack it up among the Yosemite icons.
Get ready to turn up that road trip playlist and follow the double yellow line up Tuolumne County’s winding mountain Highway 108. Open seasonally in the summer, Sonora Pass is a dreamy drive in the High Sierra. Roadside waterfalls and day use picnic areas galore. Make it a loop trip with Tioga Pass and find out why it’s referred to as the EPIC High Sierra Loop.
Discover new adventures in historic Gold Country, where every day is a golden one. Along the road to Yosemite National Park, Lake Don Pedro proves itself to be a destination all its own. Embark on a kayak excursion and spend your day soaking up the summer sunshine. Don Pedro is the perfect place to recharge in nature while having a blast on the water. Kayak rentals available at the Lake Marina.
Take a ride and take in the scenery. Near Pinecrest Lake, Aspen Meadows Pack Station provides a wealth of fun and bucket list worthy views. Novice rider? Not a problem. The pack station’s skilled workers train their horses to be sure-footed and highly familiar with the trail. Saddle up for a High Sierra experience like no other.
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Wishing to beat the heat altogether? Plan your adventure for when the day is done. Look up when the sun goes down and find a spectacular sky full of stars above. The absence of city lights makes for quite the show in the sky and it is yours to explore. Some of our favorite places to stargaze can be found here.
Photo Credit: Kyle McLaurin