Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. Forums cover Sierra trails and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and on the trail. Ask questions. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip here. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. 


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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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Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

This is the forum page for planning our 184.47 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:

Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.

High Sierra Resupply Points

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In through the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead

This is the forum for members to post up reports about backpacking trips out of the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

This page is for anyone to post up comments about hiking the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

 Backpacking Maps

Highway 108 Trailheads

Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

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Forty Days Backpacking Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney

Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.

It lists the dates and locations I expected to camp each night. It lists when and what I was going to pick up my resupply buckets, and was my shopping list for additional items I needed to get.

Note that I made this list in May of 2002 for departure on July 9. It was in May that I brought together all my food for packing into resupply buckets to begin shipping. The schedule and the food planning must come together simultanously.

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High Sierra guide books and Literature

This is the comments page of the High Sierra Books and Stories page of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide.

Have you any guide books to suggest? I break guide books into two basic types, being the Nature and Trail guides.

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Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass on the PCT

Post up your updates and information about the Pacific Crest Trail between Kennedy Canyon and Dorothy Lake Pass through the comments link below.

Post up a stand-alone article in this forum with images, maps, and videos.

Supplemental Information

Trail Guide
Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass

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