The Sierra National Forest offers recreation opportunities limited only by a person's desires, time allotment and physical condition. The miles of trails offer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and in some places mountain biking. The many developed campgrounds or dispersed areas provide the full range of camping experiences. The rivers, lakes and reservoirs offer boating, fishing, water-skiing, swimming, white water rafting, and kayaking. In the winter, the high elevations provide downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Along Highway 168 above Shaver Lake is the Forests great winter sports area. Sierra Summit is a full service ski resort. There are other areas, many designated "Sno-Park" along Highway 168, for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.