Home to El Capitan (2308m/ 7573ft), Half Dome (2695m/ 8842ft) and Mount Whitney (4421m/ 14,505ft), the highest peak in the contiguous United States, the Sierra Nevada is perhaps the best known of all US mountain ranges. 

There’s plenty more than impressive rock faces, forests and wilderness to attract visitors to these mountains. In fact, some would say the real treasure of the region lay underground. The Sierra Nevada was central to the gold rush in the 19th Century, when Americans sought their riches by digging down into the rock. Gold was discovered in the American River (near Placerville) and within two years townships were being constructed to support the 50,000 working gold miners. 

Some degree of serenity has returned of course and the likes of Yosemite National Park are central to this area’s renown as a paradise for adventurers. There are countless peaks to climb (including 10 fourteeners), some of the world’s most glamorous and challenging rock climbing routes and huge protected areas of wilderness to hike across for days on end.


Mountaineering Sierra nevada
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Reprint of the 1872 edition of Clarence King’s classic work describing King's mountain climbing exploits in the Sierra Nevada. Perhaps the first real literature of the Sierra.

Norman Clyde Mountaineer
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Account of the man who knew the High Sierra perhaps better than any there climber. It reconstructs the life of legendary mountaineer Norman Clyde (1885-1972).

HIKING Guidebooks

Hiking the High Sierra Nevada
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Updated and revised, this four-season guide features 146 of the best hikes from across the range, geared to differing levels of experience, and includes 38 honorable mention hikes.

Sierra High Route
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Great guidebook to the spectacular 195-mile timberline route in the sub-alpine region of California's High Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Hikes
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Revised and updated edition of Sierra South incl. expanded region of the Sierra, from southern boundary of Yosemite National Park to southern Golden Trout Wilderness.

Sierra North Hikes
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Updated and revised Sierra North incl. new trips & favorites in regions such as Desolation Wilderness, Emigrant Wilderness, Castle Peak Wilderness, Yosemite.

Tahoe Hiking Guide
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Describes over 100 hikes around the Lake Tahoe Basin and in the Sierra Nevada from Carson Pass area north to the Sierra Buttes.

Short Hikes Sierra Nevada
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Hiking Guide for the modest adventurer with short hikes the North Sierra.

Climbing Guidebooks

Climbing Guide Sierra Nevada
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26 of the best High Sierra climbs which range from 3rd class to 5.11c. Most are well-protected, 10-15 pitches long, and climb some of the best alpine granite you can come across.

Other Guidebooks

Fishing Sierra Nevada
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Is it me or is he looking weirdly at that fish? Anyway, this is the When, Where and How to fish in California's premier mountain range!

Wild flowers Sierra Nevada
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Contains beautiful photos, clear descriptions, and plenty of interesting facts about 290 wildflowers you will encounter in this spectacular region.