What Are Some Interesting Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Facts?

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are located in California, and visitors are attracted to the ample opportunities for outdoor recreational enjoyment that result from its notable scenery. Common activities include camping, skiing, hiking and rock climbing.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range stretches 400 miles along the eastern border of California and starts at Lake Tahoe and extends to the lower elevation of Tehepachi Pass, slightly northwest of Mojave. The Sierra Nevadas are home to some of the most famous natural treasures of the nation including Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, the John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness, to name a few. The largest trees in the world, the Sequoias, are one of the major attractions, and the mountain range boasts gorgeous Sequoias that are believed to be up to 3,266 years old. The famed photographer Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite in 1916, where he became transfixed by the beautiful scenery and went on to take some of his most famous photographs. His photographs promoted the creation of the Kings Canyon National Park. The geology of the range varies greatly, and it includes volcanic activity and glacial erosion. The range still has glaciers on the north-facing slopes of some of the taller mountains.