Backpacking & Hiking
Backpacking and hiking trails are popular with enthusiasts throughout the Sierra Nevada. Breathtaking scenery accompanies hiking opportunities for all skill levels both on and off the trail through the spectacular wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Popular locations include Kaiser Peak, Shaver Lake, Tamarack Ridge, Tollhouse and Wishon. Contact the Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Sierra National Forest for trail information. Equipment rental, supplies, introductory classes and trail information is also available through Yosemite Fitness - 5075 N. Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA, (559) 229-ROCK (7625)
Designated bike trails can be found throughout Fresno and Clovis. (Bikeways map) Especially popular is the route leading from Woodward Park through Friant to Millerton Lake. For bikeway maps call (559) 233-4148. Bicycle rentals are also available year-round in Yosemite at Yosemite Lodge, (209) 372-1208, and at Curry Village from April through October. (209) 372-8319
Fresno County offers many locations for viewing birds in spectacular natural habitats for beginning to advanced birders. From urban ponds to lakes, foothills and wilderness birders can find many birds including Hawks, Grebes, Ducks, Falcons, Plovers, Gulls, Doves, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Swallows, Jays, Robins, Starlings, Warblers, Sparrows and Blackbirds. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area offers bald eagle tours in January and February – Reservations required. (559) 822-2332
Yosemite National Park offers two-hour, half-day guided trips, or a special all-day trip to the Valley’s rim, (209) 372-8348. Packing trips are available through Yosemite Trails Pack Station in Fish Camp at (559) 683-7611, D & F Pack Station at Huntington Lake, (559) 893-3220, and Horse Corral Pack Station in Sequoia National Forest, (559) 565-3404. For horsepacking around Edison and Florence lakes, call the High Sierra Pack Station, (559) 299-8297 (winter) or (559) 285-7225 (summer). Horseback riding is also available for guests and visitors at Wonder Valley Ranch.
Yosemite Mountaineering School can fit the needs of beginners and advanced climbers. (209) 372-8344
There are 19 off-highway vehicle routes and one motorcycle area available in the Sierra National Forest. They range from 2 to 30 miles in length and 1,800 to 9,500 feet. The routes are generally open June through November. Call (559) 297-0706 for information.
Popular climbing adventures abound in Fresno County, Courtright Reservoir being one of the favorites with locals. Contact the Sierra National Forest at (559) 297-0706 or Yosemite Fitness at (559) 229-ROCK (7625)