From the arid high desert of the Great Basin to the craggy summits and snowfields of the crest, this seldom visited portion of the Sierra Nevada will delight solitude seekers with river valleys, alpine lakes and wildflower strewn meadows.
Named the ‘Land of Fire & Ice’ by a 19th century emigrant crossing this part of the Sierra Nevada, Alpine County offers hundreds of miles of backpacking and hiking trails in two Federal Wilderness areas and three National Forests.
In fact, 96% of Alpine County is public land, including the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wildernesses, and portions of the El Dorado, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and Stanislaus National Forests.
Additional hiking is available at Grover Hot Springs State Park and in the Bureau of Land Management – Indian Creek Recreation Area. The Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe-Yosemite Trail cross Alpine County north to south, while numerous trailheads near Bear Valley, Carson Pass and Markleeville give access to many destinations in the backcountry. Permits available 24/7 on the porch at the Visitors Center in Markleeville and most trailheads.