Welcome to the backpacking trails and topics forums for local and long-distance hikers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

These
Forums cover the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes. We explore the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required. All backpacking information posted here is linked to our related Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. These forums are the "backend" of the Guide and Magazine. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.

for Backpackers: To get you in longer, deeper, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Find your potential.

for Experts: All the information to bring yourself from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us. 


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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, August 2017 sticky icon

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&

CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 August 2017

Updated Daily 
August 10

 

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BACKPACKER ALERT: April 1 thru August, 2017. PCT High Sierra Summer Threats EXPANDING sticky icon

 

 

BACKPACKER ALERT UPDATE

  NOTE 
The Sierra Calendar draws together an extensive array of snow, runoff, weather, and temp information.

The Original April 1 Alert Below
IS
STILL IN FULL EFFECT

 

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Safety First! sticky icon

 Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list. I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents.

Tahoe to Whitney Permit Nightmare???? sticky icon

I am trying to plan a Tahoe to Whitney walk, along the PCT/JMT, this summer.

I am finding that I can get as far as YNP but WILL BE STUCK THERE due to the Donahue exit quota.

I have found that getting a backcountry permit outside of YNP does not allow me to traverse the park and exit Lyell Canyon/Donahue Pass. Any help here?? Stevo

 

ALSO SEE:
Tracking Weird High Sierra Permit Restrictions

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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

Key Quick Reference
  HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES
Below  
Current Visible Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range 1 KM National Weather Service Satillte view of Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Above:

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Black Beetle, Evelyn Lake in Yosemite

High Sierra insect life

Black Beetle observed at Evelyn Lake during 2012.

 

Black beetle in Yosemite at Evelyn Lake.

 

Trail Guide citation

Map

 

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Hiker Feedback: Backpacking John Muir Trail from Ireland Creek to Donohue Pass

 Southbound John Muir Trail

This page contains links to the Maps, miles, images and information for backpackers hiking South on the John Muir Trail towards Reds Meadow. But the most important function of this page as the place for backpacker's feedback, experiences, comments, and questions about this segment of trail. Let's call this the place for "supplemental" information about this segment of trail.

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South from Tuolumne Meadows on the John Muir Trail past Rafferty to Ireland Creek

Southbound John Muir Trail

This page contains links to the Maps, miles, images and information for backpackers hiking South on the John Muir Trail towards Reds Meadow. But the most important function of this page as the place for backpacker's feedback, experiences, comments, and questions about this segment of trail.

How do you characterize this segment of trail, what would you do next time, what would you suggest?

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Changing Global Web of Life, July 2017

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&

CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 July 2017

Last Updated 


July 31

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High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature: July 2017

LATEST 

High Sierra Backpacker's
NEWS

Man and Nature 
Last Updated Daily

 

 July 31 2017
Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

 

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Trip Report: Rich, Scott, & Melika report on Unmaintained Clarks Fork of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, 2016

Published
June 18, 2017

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
TRIP REPORT

 

Unmaintained Trail Report

 

This Report:
Section Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

This Section

Lake Alpine to St. Mary’s Pass

Trip Start Date 
August 7, 2016

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Changing Global Web of Life, June 2017

CHANGING WEATHER,
&

CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 June 2017

Updated Daily


June 29

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Tahoe to Whitney mapset

Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum. A few years I thru hiked the JMT all 220 miles (if add in mileage to resuppies it actually works out over), and thinking about another trip maybe a little longer and Tahoe to Whitney sounds new and exciting. I've been searching, on the Internet and I haven't found the answer yet.... Or maybe I have and I'm just unwilling to accept that answer. Tom Harrison publishes a map set for the John Muir Trail and I've wondering if there is a like map set for Tahoe to Whitney.

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Latest High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature: June 2017

LATEST
High Sierra Backpacker's
NEWS

Man and Nature 
Updated Daily

 

 June 30 2017
Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

 

  

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Information about Public Transportation to, across, around, and in the High Sierra

Information about Public Transportation to, across, through, around, and in the High Sierra

 

INDEX
This is the index, or center of various tidbits of information about High Sierra Transportation.

 

Quick Links to Sierra Transportation Resources

YARTS

YARTS Merced to Mammoth Schedule

 

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Backpacking Kids: Learn how to Backpack & Teach My Kid How to Backpack

Backpacking Kids:
Learn how to Backpack
&
Teach My Kid How to Backpack

 

How to Get Yourself and Your Kids Into Backpacking

 

A Recipe for Creating Backpacking Kids
An introduction to getting the kids ready for backpacking from Whiteblaze, the most excellent AT-PCT-CT East Coast Long Distance Backpacker website:

 

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April and May 2017: News of The Human Affect

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS, 

CHANING WORLD NEWS.

 

April
and 
May of 2017

 

Last
Updated 
May 31

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Alex Wierbinski's picture

April and May 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

April & May
of
2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

Last
Updated

May 31, 2017

 

April & May  HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS BELOW

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Hunter's Camp Bear Story

Bear encounter in Upper East Fork of the Carson River drainage. Bear wanted my food, but I kept it.

 

Hunter's Camp Bear Story
Above Hunters Camp there is a big boulder that provides an expansive view, where we can see all the way to Ebbetts Pass. I had ate dinner and made hot chocolate and retired to the boulder to watch the view change with the setting sun and have a relaxing smoke. Hunters Camp has exceptional sunsets.

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