The Sierra Nevada mountain range is located entirely in California, and it is the longest and highest range in the continental United States. The list of national parks and natural landmarks in the area are legendary with names like Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, Half Dome, Mt. Whitney, and more giving the Sierra Nevada it’s well deserved reputation.
Best Hike notes that the lower elevation trails are open year round, but the higher passes can be snowbound in the Winter. They also mention the excellent accessibility to the region including public transportation.
Best Hike’s #2 favorite hike in the World is also located in the Sierra Nevada in the form of the John Muir Trail. The trail is named for the man who formed the Sierra Club and had a hand in creating Yosemite National Park. They recommend allotting 21 days to do the trail justice. You’ll also need to hit the trail in August and September to take advantage of the great weather that only comes for a very short time. The trail begins in Yosemite and ends at Mt. Whitney, and along the way you’ll pass through Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the World.
Excellent choice for the #4 slot on the list. Can’t wait to see the top 3!
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