White Bear Lake, CA


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The Sierra High Route de­liv­ers expert hik­ers to this un­spoiled stun­ner.

Hop on a long trail and you’ll come across some re­mote gems. Con­sider this: White Bear Lake is tucked in the mid­dle of the Sierra, cra­dled by 12,000-foot peaks, and only ac­ces­si­ble via the 195- mile, mostly off-trail Sierra High Route. We’d give you the easy way there, but there isn’t one. It’s smack in the mid­dle—yes, mile 100— of the SHR. The clos­est es­tab­lished trail is the PCT, some 4 miles west as the crow flies and sep­a­rated by a gaunt­let of un­named gran­ite peaks and moun­tain lakes. So do it right: Get there on day 10 of the SHR, a three-week jour­ney from Kings Canyon Na­tional Park to Yosemite. “The Sierra High Route takes you through some of the most spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain scenery I’ve ever wit­nessed,” says pho­tog­ra­pher Rachid Dah­noun. “It re­quires routefind­ing skills and many long, hard days. You can go miles with­out see­ing a sin­gle per­son.” Con­tact bit.do/ john- muir-wild

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