It’s safe to say that the word is out about the rugged splendor of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite — the destinations see a combined six million visitors each year. But Alpine County, a 743-square mile stretch of mountains sandwiched between the two, goes almost completely unvisited, even by the Northern California crowd.
Not that there’s any lack of available adventure. Car campers and day hikers make use of dozens of campsites line the county’s Highway 4, which winds east from Angels Camp and into the High Sierra. For backcountry enthusiasts, the Stanislaus National Forest offers miles and miles of untrammeled wilderness.