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Supplements to the Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney Trail Guide. Information posted to supplement, update, correct, or otherwise take a perspective on the Trail Guide's descriptions.

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Lower Jack Main Canyon backpacking to Hetch Hetchy

Jack Main Canyon
Backpacking to Hetch Hetchy from Wilmer Lake

Important Information

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New Pacific Crest Trail signs across North Yosemite

 Take off your glasses-you can now find the PCT across Yosemite without them.

Yosemite National Park has installed HUGE new Pacific Crest Trail emblems on their trail  sign posts, at least across the North Yosemite Backcountry, as my personal observations indicate. 

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Merced Lake to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

This page, specifically the comments link below, is for your input about hiking the trail from Merced Lake to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in the heart of Yosemite National Park. 

This is the place for your comments from and about the guide, the guide information, the trail and the terrain. Or questions, or advice.

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Little Yosemite Valley Backpackers Camp to Merced Lake

This is for your input about hiking the trail above Little Yosemite Valley along the Merced River up to Merced Lake. Comments from and about the guide, the guide information, the trail and the terrain.

The experiences & insights of different folks are necessary to cover the range of possible experience and to give context.

Trail Guide Information

Little Yosemite Valley to Merced Lake 

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Little Yosemite Valley to Happy Isles backpacking the John Muir Trail

Little Yosemite Valley to Yosemite Valley along the John Muir Trail

This forum is to collect samples of the range of experiences of hikers up to Little Yosemite Valley from Happy Isles on the John Muir Trail.

Physical Experience
And on the way down to Happy Isles, too. But, the climb out of Happy Isles is the first for hikers starting the John Muir Trail. This means we have lots of rookie and rusty backpackers beginning this epic voyage with this epic climb.

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Sunrise High Sierra Camp to Little Yosemite Valley along the John Muir Trail

This splendid little segment of the John Muir Trail reveals what we have not been able to see hiking into the drainage of the Merced and its mighty canyon up until now: The Magnificant Merced Canyon itself.  

Though its mighty gash has dominated the scene since dropping over Cathedral Pass, its steepness and deepness has prevented us from even getting a glimpse of even its actual rim, let alone its magnificant walls. That changes below Sunrise.

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Cathedral Lakes backpacking to Sunrise High Sierra Camp on the John Muir Trail

This is the forum for supplemental information for the section of the John Muir Trail hiking between Cathedral Lakes to Sunrise High Sierra Camp.

Trail changes, repairs, trip reports, updates, and so on.

This part of our hike between Happy Isles and Tuolumne Meadows offers some expansive views. There are great "vistas" in and around Yosemite Valley, but it's up here where we get big, expansive views of wide swaths of amazing terrain.

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Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking to Lower Cathedral Lake on the John Muir Trail

This is the place to record your pertinent experiences after hiking the 4.05 miles from Tuolumne Meadows to Cathedral Lakes, and your questions, comments, and possible concerns before putting foot on trail.

So, Post up your comments, questions, scouting reports, trail and trip updates for this segment of the John Muir Trail from Tuolumne Meadows to Lower Cathedral Lake through the comments link below. 

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2015 Video Short: Fir Maze above Lowest Clarks Fork Ford, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:

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July 2015 TYT Unmaintained Trail Update: Clarks Fork Trailhead to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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Tropical Sunset
Fine tropical-influenced sunset from Clarks Meadow hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in July of 2015
  From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

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Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal Backpacker Forum

This is the supplemental information, references, and comments page for the Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trails.

In this same forum we will explore the loops and alternative routes along this section of the trail, such as the North-South and Rae Lakes Loops.

This forum and the South end of the guide below Tuolumne Meadows are under construction. The trails above are in draft form.

Tral Guide Index

Miles and Elevations


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INDEX: The Golden Triangle

This is the comments and basic information page for our Golden Triangle alternative route off the main crestline route of our Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip. I want to hear how you weave in the more famous parts of Yosemite into your Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip. Or, how you figured out the best way to hike a huge loop around the entirety of Yosemite National Park, which would be the next best thing.


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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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Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Loops and Trips

Medium and Long distance
Backpacking Loops
and trips
in the
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.

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Noble Canyon Backpacking Toiyabe National Forest

Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.

Steve at base of giant juniper tree in Noble Canyon.

 This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.

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Glen Aulin South on PCT-TYT to Tuolumne Meadows

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.


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Alex Reports: Carson Pass to Lake Alpine, late September 2013

Between 2002 and 2009 the length of unmaintained  trail along Summit City Creek was expanding Northward from Telephone Gulch through the Horse Canyon trail junction up towards the trail junction located below Fourth of July Lake.

This trend has been reversed between 2009 and 2013.

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