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Trail Guide Information Supplement

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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Notes on Desolation Wilderness Backpacking

The trail guide and this forum cover the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail routes across Desolation.

This forum allows you to post comments, questions, and your experiences to compliment and expand the scope of the trail guide.

But there is much more to the Desolation Wilderness than the main TYT and PCT route which runs the length of the Desolation Wilderness.

This forum is also for information about those backpacking trails and trips through Desolation Wilderness not covered by the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide and Forum.

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Highland Lakes

Highland Lakes is a nice place where I take a break or spend a night as I hike by linking up my Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite trail with the Pacific Crest Trail via Highland Lakes.

Highland Lakes is also an excellent place to begin or end hiking trips, as it's well maintained dirt road brings us to the Highland Lakes and Gardner Meadow Trailheads.

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Boulder Lake Trail: PCT to TYT

The main forum entry for comments and information about connecting the PCT and TYT through the Boulder Lake trail in the Carson Iceberg is on the page below:  

Boulder Lake Trail: TYT to PCT

Here's the trail guide information


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PCT Guide Page: Boulder Lake to East Carson River

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Boulder Lake Trail: TYT to PCT

The Boulder Lake Trail is a 2.74 mile trail linking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail  along the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus to the Pacific Crest Trail above the East Fork of the Carson River. 

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Becky, Kent, Carly & Radar: Sonora to Ebbetts Pass

Hiking with Dogs in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains

Carson-Iceberg section of the Pacific Crest Trail with dogs.

Becky, Kent, Carly and Radar hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Sonora Pass to Ebbetts Pass on a weekend 29.44 mile backpacking trip.

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Boulder Lake junction to E Carson River

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This forum section is set up as a Point of Responce , comments and questions about the mileage and elevation figures I laid out on the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. It is presently incomplete.


Check out the Miles and Elevations Index Page on the Trail Guide for the figures for each section of the trails.


As I continue to progress on the construction of the Trail Guide, this forum section will be completed.

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Leavitt Lake Loop

Leavitt Lake - 2005

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Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail: Blue Lakes Road to the Mokelumne Wilderness

Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail: Blue Lakes Road to the Mokelumne Wilderness.

Trail Guide Page: Blue Lakes Road to the Mokelumne Wilderness Boundary

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Kennedy Canyon Trail Junction Options, from the Southern flank of Leavitt Peak

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Looking South down at the Kennedy Canyon trail junction from the Southern Flank of Levitt Peak. 

Southbound backpackers have the option of continuing South, over Big Sam into the Emigrant Basin. For backpackers continuing South to Tuolumne Meadows, you will cross the Emigrant Basin to enter Yosemite through Bond Pass, below which you will rejoin the Pacific Crest Trail in Jack Main Canyon. Let's check out the maps and trail guide.

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Backpacking Considerations on mileage, food, and physicality

 Considering mileage, food, and physicality

Calculations on the trail

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Heading Past Vidette Peak, Fully Loaded

Fully Loaded. Heading up to Forester Pass after cresting Glenn Pass earlier in the day.  Made it from Rae Lakes over Glenn Pass, a short side trip up to the stunning hanging canyon that holds the Lake of the Golden Bear, then hiked up to the big flat shoulder on the North side of Forester Pass that sits below the last monster climb up to the Pass. A delightful day.

Heading Past Vidette Peak, Fully Loaded
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John Muir Wilderness Boundary, Goodale Pass to Vermillion Valley Resort

The Back way into Vermilion Valley Resort through Fish Valley...

John Muir Wilderness Boundary North of Vermilion to Goodale Pass.

I had to turn around to take this picture, because I was coming down from Goodale Pass out of the John Muir Wilderness to visit Vermillion Valley Resort, which sits a couple of miles past the Wilderness boundary. Heck, I had been off of the John Muir Trail for three days, doing my own custom route.

Vermillion Valley Resort

A few miles after passing out of the John Muir Wilderness (see entry above) into its parent National Forest, Sierra, you will hit the trail head, a dirt road by two campgrounds, and come upon this sign:

Vermilion Valley Resort's road sign. 

You have reached backpacker disney land, Vermillion Valley Resort.

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Trail Head Options at Lake Tahoe

 This forum discusses the three main trail head options from where your Tahoe to Whitney trips can begin at Lake Tahoe


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Trail Options between Lake Tahoe and Highway 4

The Second of the seven trail sections between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney is from where you exit the Tahoe Basin at the Carson Gap,  to Highway 4. Highway 4 is the road crossing the Sierras where Ebbetts Pass and Lake Alpine are located. Lake Alpine is a resupply point for long distance backpackers.

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