With Yosemite, King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake, California's High Sierra is full of outdoor adventures just waiting for you. Summer brings hiking, camping, rock climbing, road and mountain biking, plus all manner of recreation in and around Lake Tahoe. In winter, it's world-class snowboarding, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Autumn brings on a cooler, more tranquil season for venturing outdoors. Crisp mountain air and dazzling fall color - it's Mother Nature at her best! Small towns celebrate the season with quaint festivals and activities and offer a variety of friendly places to stay, shop and eat.
At 4,500 feet elevation and with 52 miles of forested shoreline, Lake Almanor is the county's largest lake, offering year-round fishing and spectacular views of majestic Lassen Peak. A large network of trails offer a myriad of opportunities for hiking and biking and exploring, both around the lake and in the surrounding forest.
Outdoor enthusiasts can get their fill of the great outdoors in either the Plumas National Forest (2,613 square miles of Plumas County,) the Lassen National Forest (located at the northern end) or the Tahoe National Forest (which touches the south and east.)
North Lake Tahoe
Home to miles upon miles of gorgeous Sierra Nevada wilderness, and we offer endless trails for hiking and exploring all of it. Whether you're peaking at right about 10,000 feet or taking a relaxing stroll along the shores of Emerald Bay, every trail offers spectacular views of lakes, mountain tops and Sierra wildlife.
South Lake Tahoe
It's easy to see why Tahoe South is home to a thriving arts scene: a striking landscape saturated with color, a laid-back, natural vibe, and some good old-fashioned mountain eccentricity. Every summer and fall, the majestic estate comes alive with classical, jazz, Celtic, and popular music.
Highway 41 is the easiest way to get to these popular Yosemite attractions. Experience the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias by the southern entrance. Highway 41 also takes you by the turnoff for Glacier Point, and by world-famous Tunnel View. Madera County feeds much of the nation and the world.
Visit a working pomegranate farm to see firsthand the versatility of this heart-healthy fruit. Attend one of the biggest cattle auctions and see the excitement as bidders vie for prize animals, or stop along one of the many farmers markets to sample the fruits, nuts and more of our farmers' labor.
Known for legendary skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Lakes is just as popular in the summer, with world-class trout fishing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, golf, and horseback riding. Jazz, blues and arts festivals fill the summer events schedule. Tucked away at the base of 10,909-ft Carson Peak, the scenic 14 mile June Lake Loop is a mountain hideaway.
The Wild and Scenic Kern River is a Mecca for outdoorsmen. Beginners and professionals alike flock to its world-class rapids. The Kern River Valley is also the gateway to the Giant Sequoia National Monument and is home to some of the best fishing and camping in California. Five recreational lakes just add to the water-based fun.
Food and Spirits
Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza Outdoors among the pines and showcasing the best craft breweries in the country and top blues performers—This is Mammoth's biggest event—4 days of fun in the sun. The best party of the summer! Mammoth Lakes, California is a beautiful mountain resort located in the Eastern High Sierra near Yosemite National Park—The perfect place to spend a "Blues and Brews" weekend.
49er Festival The Yosemite Chamber of Commerce plays host to the biggest event of the year here in Groveland, the Annual 49er Festival and Chili Cookoff. We start the day with a hearty pancake breakfast hosted by the Rebeccas, followed by an antique airplane flyover and then the parade down Main Street. From there we move to Mary Laveroni Community park with music all day, vendor booths, kids activities, beer, wine and our nearly world famous Chili-Cookoff.
Springville Apple Fest The Apple Festival is a non-profit, self sustaining, family oriented festival that is: Safe, friendly, entertaining and appealing to all age groups. The Festival consists of over 200 booths. Craft booths are juried to ensure quality merchandise, selling handcrafted, hand-embellished arts and crafts items. Food booths offer a large variety of choices. Join the Apple Run 5K, 10K, or Kid's runs, plus the 2-mile walk on Saturday morning. Join or watch the Annual Fat Tire Classic Mountain Bike Race on Sunday morning.
Just for Fun
Vintage Trailer Rally at the Lake Come join us at beautiful South Lake Tahoe, the "Jewel of the Sierras" for a weekend of vintage trailer camping with fellow trailerite friends. Conveniently located just 2 1/2 hours east of Sacramento, off Highway 50. Minutes from the Lake Tahoe, hiking, bike trails, historical museum, historic Tallac, Valhalla and Baldwin Estate sites, restaurants, stores, it's all there! Come explore the beautiful Sierras! Vintage trailers up to the 1970's and vintage style teardrop trailers only will be allowed in our specific reserved area. Your friends with newer trailers can camp close by. Here's your chance to explore the beautiful Lake Tahoe area.
Mule Days Celebration Every year during the Memorial Day Weekend, more than 700 mules compete in 181 events at the Bishop Mule Days Celebration. There is no way to actually describe Mule Days. It is part mule show, part test of skills, and part Wild West show.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment with your friends and family before you...all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset. You're not dreaming, you're experiencing the enchantment of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park.
Whiskey Flat Days Held every Presidents Day Weekend, Whiskey Flat is a leap back to the good ol' wild west days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers and trappers. Join us when Kernville reverts to its old name "Whiskey Flat" for four nostalgic days of fun for the entire family.
Tahoe Snow Festival Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with ten fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. This year, the annual favorites will be back, along with a host of great new ones! On and off the mountain, at North Tahoe's numerous resorts and vibrant lakeside neighborhoods, there's something for everyone. Enjoy on-snow events at resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Diamond Peak, and Northstar-at-Tahoe; Participate in special events, parades, races, parties, concerts, theater; and of course, there's plenty of wining and dining to be had at North Lake Tahoe's fine restaurants and lively establishments. Join in and celebrate the fun and frolic of winter! There's no better time to be in North Lake Tahoe. Snow conditions in early March are some of the best of the season.
Sports – watch or join, we've tried to find something for everyone
Tahoe Celebrity Golf The American Century Championship has joined forces with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer. Against the beautiful backdrop of a High Sierra Lake, the global fight against cancer will share the spotlight with the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
The Tevis Cup – A Horseman's Journey since 1955 From Tahoe to Auburn, 100 miles in 24 hours, thousands of horsemen have tested their endurance. The Tevis Cup Ride is the founding modern-day equestrian event of its kind in the world. The Western States Trail Foundation (WSTF) welcomes you to an endurance riding event of distinction, recognized as one of the world's best tests of true horsemanship.
Tour de Tahoe The 10th Annual ride provides another opportunity to ride around beautiful Lake Tahoe's 72-mile shoreline. It offers spectacular scenery, great food and support. It will also offer our famous sightseeing Boat Cruise / 35-Mile Fun Ride. This year, join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Fundraising Team Program. It's a great opportunity to enjoy the end of summer on the roadways around Lake Tahoe.
Whiskey Flat Wild West Daze Rodeo Whiskey Flat Wild West Daze Rodeo is held during the leap back to the good ol' wild west days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers and trappers.
Apple Run As part of the Springville Apple Festival, join the Apple Run 5K, 10K, or Kid's runs, plus the 2-mile walk on Saturday morning.
Fat Tire Classic An 8 mile circuit race - beside the scenic Tule River. Fire road, awesome single track, challenging climbs, great scenic overlook, fast descents on "E" ticket single track with a downhill you're gonna LOVE!
High Sierra Music Festival High Sierra Music has been producing world-class music festivals since 1991. An independent production company based in Berkeley, CA, the organization was founded with the first High Sierra Music Festival, its cornerstone event that takes place in Northern California, and remains committed to its grassroots origins by drawing support from its loyal community of patrons, staff, volunteers and non-corporate sponsors.
Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee Experience the spectacular Sierra to the sounds of some of the world's finest musicians!
Sierra Summer Festival Presenting classical symphonic concerts and programs of the highest artistic excellence to audiences in Mammoth Lakes and Eastern Sierra since 1978. Home of the Sierra Summer Festival Symphony Orchestra.
Lake Tahoe Summerfest Come join us as the Lake Tahoe SummerFest unveils a world-class festival featuring some of the best artists, musicians and inspirational educators in the nation. Participate and enjoy some of the finest arts and cultural events of the season wrapped within Lake Tahoe's magnificent setting.
Kern River Rockin' Blues Fest 1 Picturesque Town, 3 Days, 13 Bands, at Frandy Campground. Need we say more!
Bass Lake Fishing Derby The Derby will provide a lot of fun for the entire family and, hopefully, a lucky fisherman will catch all or one of the special grand prize fish. Bass Lake, one of the most picturesque lakes in California, is located one hour northeast of Fresno, just off Highway 41.
Kern River Fish Hatchery Have the kids ever seen a real live fish hatchery? The original Kern River Fish Hatchery was built in 1928 by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association. It is located in Kernville (about 5 miles from our Rafting Center). The Visitor Center also offers a wide variety of free brochures produced by both the California Department of Fish & Game and the US Forest Service. Information includes: Fish & Wildlife of California; Sequoia National Forest camping & hiking areas; and lists of local birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and butterflies.