Travel Guide to California - - HIGH SIERRA -

» The Wild, Wild West

Bodie, pos­si­bly the Old West’s most no­to­ri­ous min­ing town, now ex­ists in a state of “ar­rested de­cay” on a high, windswept plain north­east of Yosemite. It’s one of Amer­ica’s most ex­ten­sive ghost towns.

› www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509

» Moun­tain Light

The late adventure pho­tog­ra­pher Galen Row­ell was the Ansel Adams of the Ko­dachrome era. Stop by his Moun­tain Light gallery in Bishop to see moun­tain im­ages both iconic and un­usual.

› moun­tain­light.com

» Climb­ing Half Dome

The hard­est part of hik­ing to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome might not be the mile of el­e­va­tion gain or the ver­tig­i­nous metal ca­bles cov­er­ing the last 400 feet: It’s scor­ing the cov­eted, manda­tory per­mit. Only 300 per day are given out, and they’re is­sued via an on­line lottery.

› nps.gov/yose/plany­ourvisit/hd­per­mits.htm

» Big­gest Tree

Tree-hug­gers, don’t bother try­ing to wrap your arms around the Gen­eral Sher­man Tree in Se­quoia Na­tional Park. With a cir­cum­fer­ence of 102 feet, the gi­ant se­quoia is the largest known tree on the planet. While not quite as tall as its coastal cousins, its stag­ger­ing girth more than makes up for it.

› nps.gov/seki/na­ture­science/sher­man.htm

» Long Live Mono Lake

Set in a brood­ing, vol­canic, Tolkienesque land­scape, Mono Lake is one of the most oth­er­worldly sights in Cal­i­for­nia, with spiky tufa tow­ers ris­ing out of an al­ka­line lake. Ex­plore it by kayak or ca­noe, or take a guided nat­u­ral­ist walk along the shore­line.

› mono­lake.org

› calder­akayak.com

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