John Muir called Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park the “gem of the Sierra”. This description could apply to many of the wetlands (also known as "meadows") in these parks. You may have enjoyed wetlands for their aesthetic and recreational value. If you have backpacked into the Sierra Nevada wilderness or dayhiked amongst the giant sequoia groves, you have likely appreciated the wildflowers, vibrant vegetation, wildlife viewing, and open vistas that wetlands provide.
Wetlands occur primarily throughout the montane and subalpine zones of these parks. Wetland vegetation is mostly perennial grasses and sedges but there can also be a diversity of broadleaf herbs; mosses and lichens; and woody species such as willow shrubs or pine.