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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.
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.
Bull Run Lake and Bull Run Peak with George and Sue, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest
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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As an active trail the Tungsten Road is listed under the Trails Forum for the East Sierra:
The trail guide reference to the Tungsten Road is here:
This is a placeholder-link page to recognize the Tungsten Road as part of Sierra History, and link to its entries in the forum and guide covering the Tungsten Road as an active trail route.
The Tungsten Road is a dirt mining road East of Sonora Pass off of Highway 108 that still offers four-wheel drive access to Leavitt Lake on the East flank of the Sierra Crest below Leavitt Peak.
The road is closed South of Leavitt Peak, deteroriated to a thin trail in many segments, though maintaining rough road status across other parts.
From Leavitt Lake to Snow Lake the Tungsten Road is a trail route down the Sierra Crestline to the Southernmost end of Emigrant Wilderness, where the PCT goes around the Sierra Crest on the East flank, and the TYT on the West.
This is the backpacker's forum for the Emigrant Wilderness trail guide page centered on Big Sam. This trail guide page's comments live here, and this page is where you can post up text comments, questions, basic trail updates and trip reports, and so on.
Trail Guide Page
PCT at Kennedy Canyon to the TYT at Grizzly Peak
This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:
There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.