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Sayles Canyon Coyote
By Bill FSayles Canyon Coyote, El Dorado National Forest.

I don't know if this is the same coyote as the one I saw at the Sayles Canyon Trail junction along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the Meiss Country Roadless Area. Same coloring, and he is displaying the same calm, quiet intensity as the one I saw.

But, if this is not the same one, I'll bet he knows the coyote I saw.

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Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking: Crabtree to Gem Lake, Deer Lake, and More sticky icon

A fantastic  4 day Backpacking Trip into the Emigrant Wilderness from trailhead East of Pinecrest Lake near Highway 108.

Peter describes food resources there and back, roads, fishing, trail culture and terrain descriptions that make this a fantastic description of a fantastic backpacking trip.

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High Sierra Roads and Trails: Spring Evolution, April-May 2014 sticky icon

2014 Season Introduction
April 13
2014 has brought a serious amplification of the multi-decadal trend towards shorter, drier Winters in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This is the least precipitation I've ever seen during Fall and Winter.

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Kingsbury/ NV 207 2014-2015 Summer Construction sticky icon

Cayenne posted up this important-informative notice of upcoming long term work on Nevada Highway 207, Kingsbury Grade. THANKS!

Kingsbury Grade connects the South end of the Carson Valley with the Southeast corner of South Lake Tahoe. Kingsbury Grade hits the Tahoe shore a bit South of Stateline in South Lake Tahoe. There's a road map showing Kingsbury Grade at just above Cayenne's original post. Kingsbury Grade is at the top of the map.

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A backpacker's perspective and support for the


Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act
  H. R. 3606

  Conclusions of Analysis
FULL Support for HR 3606, below

Informative Links

Full Text of HR 3606

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Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Kids & Adult Horse Camps, Summer 2013 & 2014 sticky icon

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station has a Kid's Horse Camp?

2014 brings Kid and Adult horsepacking Schools

I can't think of a better way to show kids the balance of responsibility, fun, trail skills, camp skills, horses, and mules than Kennedy Meadows Pack Station putting on a Kid's Horse Camp. Apparently science agrees too...

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Toiyabe National Forest, A Historical Compilation sticky icon

History of the Toiyabe National Forest, A Compilation

A Must Read!

At least the first few pages. Here we find one of the best summations of the early history of Western trappers, explorers, settlers, and government surveyors exploring and probing the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

This informative early history of the Sierra Nevada gives all hikers an excellent general historical context.

The following Toiyabe National Forest history Compilation is an interesting and very informative document that is as obscure as informative.

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High Sierra & California Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions, temps, sats, radar sticky icon

Here's the Best Weather Information available for anyone traveling to, backpacking  through, hiking or skiing across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, or the Western United States. All weather reports and forecasts can be expanded to cover California and National weather conditions.

Very Important Weather Information
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Horse Story-Lost Coast Backpacker sticky icon

 The picture at the bottom of the page was taken at sunset on Usal Beach. And it was the end of an excellent day at Usal Beach, on the Southern end of the Sinkyone State Park, which contains the Southern 14 miles of the Lost Coast. The next day I headed North into the temperate rain forests that characterize the Southern part of Lost Coast.

But that evening I dined on fresh abalone caught by the most interesting person I had ever encountered at Usal Beach.

Horse Story-Lost Coast Backpacker
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