The geologic forces that built the Range of Light followed two different blueprints: On the west side, a long, gradual slope climbs from the Central Valley to the Sierra Crest. But on the east, the divide plummets dramatically to the flats, creating a wonderland of granite peaks and alpine lakes guarded by punishingly steep approaches. High summer is the best time to tackle the wilder side, and with topography like that, what are you waiting for?

Visit Sailor Lake on an 11-mile out-and-back from the Lake

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