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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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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.
Below we have a chronology of the history of Western travel over the area now crossed by Highway 108 over Sonora Pass.
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.
Backpacking is Dangerous
Is backpacking dangerous?
Interesting formation of rock inclusions in exposed granite along unmaintained segment of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River
Interesting inclusions exposed on granite outcropping.
South of Northern Boulder Lake trail juction, North of the Southern unmarked junction to Boulder Lake.
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Boulder Lake junction to East Carson River