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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.
An excellent way to approach the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is as a section hiker. This is how Scott, his hiking partner Rich, and their backcountry hiking dog Melika approached the difficult Carson Pass to Lake Alpine section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
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.
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.
These up to date and historical conditions reports were sent to me by Eric, who was kind enough to share them with us during late July of 2013. I added links to trail guide resources covering the elements of the trail Eric describes.
Eric's Account of Recent Trail Conditions, 2011-2013
This was my third summer hiking the original Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail, all parts as originally proposed in Tomas Winnett's guide book.
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.
High Sierra & California Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions, temps, sats, radar
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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Backpacking is Dangerous
Is backpacking dangerous?