High elevation without the climb. Courtright Way, a paved back road will lead you up, passing Lake Wishon, to this spectacular end of the road lake. But be warned, way out in these back woods - it's a full day driving trip from Shaver Lake w/ sightseeing stops and lunch. LaConte Viewpoint is a must.
Your jaw will drop when you see how much granite is at this spectacular place. Almost as impresive as Yosemite, seriously. In a land of glaciated domes & alpine Sierra bliss, you wonder how they could actually want to flood such a gorgeous valley with water. Making California's growth happen, water authorities engineered most of these waterways in the 1950s for hydro electric power. Courtright Lake is located inside Sierra National Forest
By far the state's most gorgeous reservoir, this place is far from any town, any Interstates & hard to reach, but well worth a few days visit once you do.