Hi friends! Here is Part 2 of my journey to the eastern portion of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. To keep it interesting, I’ve included three fascinating facts about the entire Sierra Nevada region.
Fact #1: Home to the Highest Peak in the United States (Lower 48)
Located just outside of Lone Pine, California sits Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states of America. Standing at a whopping 14,505 feet (4421 meters) above sea level, nearly 23,000 brave individuals attempt to scale its peak annually.
Fact #2 : Home to the Largest Trees in the World – the Giant Sequoia
The Giant Sequoia are the largest trees on the planet. These behemoths only exist on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas. The largest of the Sequoia is General Sherman, a tree that weighs 2.7 million pounds (1,224,699 KG), stands at 275 feet (84 meters) and has a width of 100 feet (30 meters.)
Fact # 3 Home to 3 National Parks, 2 National Monuments, 10 National Forests, and 26 Wilderness Areas
The Sierra Nevada Mountains boast an extensive amount of protected, pristine land. In fact, over 52% of the land is under federal stewardship, with 15% of the land being completely free from logging and grazing.
Hope everyone has a fun 4th of July weekend! Happy Independence Day all!