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"Boulder, Colo., USA – In an addition to Geosphere's ongoing themed issue series, "Geodynamics and Consequences of Lithospheric Removal in the Sierra Nevada, California," Craig H. Jones of the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues examine the seismological study of the entire extent of the U.S. Sierra Nevada range using seismograms collected in the Sierra Nevada EarthScope field experiment from 2005 to 2007.
"By hightailing it to nearby ponds and shallow waterways, frogs and salamanders have – until now – had a way to evade exotic trout introduced to the West’s high-mountain lakes for recreational fishing.
Playing outside could make kids more spiritual, Michigan State University, Kristen Parker, Gretel Van Wieren.
"In the study, published recently in the Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, children who played outside five to 10 hours per week said they felt a spiritual connection with the earth, and felt their role is to protect it."
Backpacking Emigrant Wilderness
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.
High Sierra Water purity and contamination information and resources for backpackers.
Giardia and Cryptosporidium are generally recognized as the basic threats to backpacker water purity in the High Sierra. Our first line of defense is knowledge. Below we will get a range of information supporting a range of responses.
To treat or not to treat, that is the ultimate question.
Below Dr. Rockwell insists Sierra Water is safe, further down we see Dr. Derlet finding indications of widespread contamination.
2014 Season Introduction
2014 has brought a serious amplification of the multi-decadal trend towards shorter, drier Winters in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This is the least precipitation I've ever seen during Fall and Winter.
Ducks busy feeding up in the marshy area just South of Stony Ridge Lake on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail 6.62 miles South of Meeks Bay Trailhead.
September 17 2009
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.
We hike South on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail 3.08 miles from the Grizzly Peak trail junction over Bond Pass to join with the PCT in the top of Jack Main Canyon in the very Northwestern corner of the North Yosemite Backcountry.
From Grizzly Peak we've 1.08 miles South to the next Horse Meadow trail junction on the North side of Summit Meadow. This one is marked with a recently replaced trail post (2012).
Brown Bear Pass marks our exit from Summit Creek's awesome valley into the High Emigrant Meadow.
On the far side of Emigrant Meadow a 200 foot low ridge divides Emigrant Meadow and Emigrant Meadow Lake from Grizzly Peak surrounded by Grizzly Meadow on its East side.
Backpacking South over the last mile and a half up to Brown Bear Pass from Upper Lunch Meadow we first encounter the trail junction teeing off to the South over Mosquito Pass to Emigrant Lake a half-mile above Upper Lunch Meadow.
This map covers this potential route
Emigrant Lake is the third lake down the Canyon of the North fork of Cherry Creek from Emigrant Meadow Lake in Emigrant Meadow.
Hiking South of Sheep Camp's exceptional campsites we travel through some unique shaped and colored golden granites of Emigrant Wilderness.
We enjoy the shade of the light forest cover alternating with sections of dry sage meadow. A bit short of the lower edge of Lunch Meadow, the North end, we come upon a fine group site.
We will leave this behind in favor of one of the sites either on the North or South end of upcoming Lunch Meadow.
Sheep Camp is 2.48 miles up 880 feet of elevation from Saucer Meadow proper.
Sheep Camp is about 2 miles South of the last of the "Saucer Meadow Campsites' spread for a half mile South of Saucer Meadow.
This is an exceptional section of trail, especially the last quarter mile up to a narrow passage in the ridgline at the top of this narrowing arm of canyon just off the Northeast side of the crest of Blackhawk Mountain.
This is quite a stunning section of trail.
Saucer Meadow is 560 feet above our trail past Relief Reservoir over 1.58 miles. This constitutes a hard degree of moderate difficulty trail.
This page is set up to provide basic information to supplement the trail guide, the most valuable of which are your comments, questions and experiences.
Each of these will help inform backpackers who've not experienced this wonderland.
There are no good campsites at Saucer Meadow itself. What I call the Saucer Meadow Campsites begin about a half mile South of Saucer Meadow.
Relief Reservoir has an Excellent set of campsites on its Southeast Corner.
This page is set up for you to add information about the Relief Reservoir campsites. Or ask questions, share your experiences and impressions, or just wax poetic about what a stunningly relaxing place this is.
Use the comments link at the bottom of this page.
These campsites are a bit offset from the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, but not far.
Unmarked, or maybe even ducked trails North and South of Grouse Creek bring us the short distance to the campsites on Relief Reservoir.
Backpacking to Kennedy Lake and Beyond
This is the place for comments-questions-and additional information for the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from the Kennedy Lake trail junction to the fine campsites on the Southeast corner of Relief Reservoir.
Kennedy Lake is a great destination for in-and-out backpackers from Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. It is a nice little backpacking trip covered by guide pages below.
Hiking South up the steep trail following the South Upper Truckee from the end of the South Upper Truckee Road in Meyers we note the interface between volcanic terrain to our East, and around us, and the granite terrain rising to our West, and also around us.
This is the page for backpacker's comments, questions, and scouting reports from the section of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails backpacking from Glen Aulin to Tuolumne Meadow.
A comments link is located at the bottom of this page. Your impressions and experiences backpacking this section of trail will inform future hikers looking for information.