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Peter's Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report June 2014 sticky icon

Introduction
Upon the first publication of this report on June 8th 2014 Peter had just completed an early season snow-hiking trip along the Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route. At that time he sent us very valuable information about early season conditions early in the season, which we first put up here on June 8 of 2014.

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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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Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act sticky icon

A backpacker's perspective and support for the

Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act
  H. R. 3606

Bill Information

  Conclusions of Analysis
FULL Support for HR 3606, below

Informative Links

Full Text of HR 3606

Original Post: December 2013

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Bull Run Lake and Bull Run Peak with George and Sue, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest sticky icon

George and Sue backpacked up to Bull Run Lake from Pacific Grade Summit on Highway 4 West of Ebbetts Pass,  and scrambled around the nearby peaks, including Bull Run Peak.

Pacific Grade Summit is a wonderful flat with a beautiful lake, Mosquito Lake, with some cabins, a campground and nearby trailheads, of which Sue and George hiked the trail on across Highway 4 from the South side of Mosquito Lake South to Bull Run Lake.

Road Map: Highway 4

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High Sierra Backpacker Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions 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
The Current "Hot" Topic

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Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Loops and Trips

Medium and Long distance
Backpacking Loops
and trips
in the
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

This report on backpacking loops and trips around the Carson Iceberg Wilderness comes from the Tahoe to Yosemite section of the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide at the Jenkins Canyon trail junction alongside Highland Creek above Spicer Meadow Reservoir.

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Sonora Pass - Mono Road, Clarks Fork Road History

Below we have a chronology of the history of Western travel over the area now crossed by Highway 108 over Sonora Pass.

Sonora-Mono Toll Road.

This covers the original route up the West Walker River and over the Emigrant Basin, the second route over both Sonora and Saint Marys Passes into the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River, and the final route up Deadman Creek and over Sonora Pass.

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Backpacking is Dangerous

Warning
Backpacking is Dangerous

Is backpacking dangerous?

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Clarks fork of the Stanislaus River

Interesting formation of rock inclusions in exposed granite along unmaintained segment of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Unique rock inclusions in granite exposed along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus hiking TYT.

Trail Guide
Boulder Creek junction to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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East Carson River, Boulder Creek

Interesting inclusions exposed on granite outcropping.

South of Northern Boulder Lake trail juction, North of the Southern unmarked junction to Boulder Lake.

Unique inclusions emerging from granite, Pacific Crest Trail.

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Boulder Lake junction to East Carson River

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