Sierra Nevada Mountains / Yosemite / Tahoe

The Sierra Nevada has many gems to share from the crystal blue waters of the massive, 1,645 foot deep Lake Tahoe, to the stunning Yosemite Valley with its sheer cliffs of glacially-carved granite to the simple pleasure of biking along Hwy 4 from Markleeville over the Sierra at Ebbetts Pass and down into Murphys. There are not many numbered highways with no center line and even fewer that can have days with more bikes than cars. Join us!

Biking: Biking around Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada is for cyclists who don’t shy away from climbing. Tahoe has its share of traffic, but other areas are lightly trafficked. Routes of 30-60 miles with 2,000-6,000 feet of climbing or more per day are possible. Yosemite doesn’t permit guided biking, but you can pedal around on your own along the bike paths on the valley floor to appreciate the area from a different perspective than most visitors to Yosemite get to have.

 

Hikes: Epic. Hikes in Yosemite and Tahoe are for all abilities from 2 miles flat valley floor hikes to 5 miles wanders through redwoods to 8-12 mile challenges with several thousand feet of elevation gain to the mountains above the valley floor or brilliant blue waters of Lake Tahoe

 

Kayaking/Rafting: Whitewater rafting the American River, a gentle float down the Merced River in the Yosemite Valley is a great way to cool off and soak in the iconic views.

 

Misc: Exploring the gold mining history of the region. 

Economical: Creekside Lodge

 

Mid Range: Yosemite Lodge, Sunnyside Lodge, Evergreen Lodge

 

Upper end: Ahwahnee, Tenaya Lodge

 

Super Luxe: Chateau du Sureau

Ahwahnee

Late spring to early Fall. Note: In August and September the area is more likely to experience wildfires that can affect air quality and views.

“Ever since I first saw the dramatic black and white photographs of Ansel Adams, I have loved Yosemite. When I first considered moving back to California in 1997, I took a 24-hour trip to Yosemite with a friend who was “selling me” on moving to San Francisco. We hiked 16 miles and 5,000 feet up Half Dome then drove back to San Francisco that same day – the things you do when you’re 23. We had brought a bottle of wine to the summit, but there was no desire to pop it open, admittedly we were a tad dehydrated, but we were drunk on the views!”