Many of the mountains’ best sights—unlikely as it seems—are waiting for you to discover them
Photo by Thomas J. Story
“You don’t know the Sierra until you’ve seen it from a saddle.” So says a rider on a horse packing trip, which lets you travel like a forty-niner and cover plenty of ground in a weekend. No approach to the Sierra is unimpressive, but if you want to be hit over the head with the magnitude of the range, the eastern side is your best bet. Here, the Sierra Nevada rises from Owens Valley in a sheer 3,000-foot wall that shouts, We are what mountains are all about.