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Backpacking Trip Planning

Notes and information about planning High Sierra backpacking trips.

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Information about Public Transportation to, across, around, and in the High Sierra

Information about Public Transportation to, across, through, around, and in the High Sierra


This is the index, or center of various tidbits of information about High Sierra Transportation.


Quick Links to Sierra Transportation Resources


YARTS Merced to Mammoth Schedule


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Backpacking Kids: Learn how to Backpack & Teach My Kid How to Backpack

Backpacking Kids:
Learn how to Backpack
Teach My Kid How to Backpack


How to Get Yourself and Your Kids Into Backpacking


A Recipe for Creating Backpacking Kids
An introduction to getting the kids ready for backpacking from Whiteblaze, the most excellent AT-PCT-CT East Coast Long Distance Backpacker website:


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Planning an Excellent Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trip.

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Planning Information 
Create the best Emigrant Wilderness backpacking plan. Use our Maps, miles, elevations and experience to craft your perfect trip.


I recently completed (Oct 8, 2016) the 2016 High Sierra Trails & Trail Culture Review.

This report has planning information for Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trips from Kennedy Meadows to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.

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2001 Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip Plan

Thirty Nine nights on the trail, five nights off, 44 days between the Meyers Trailhead in the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Mount Whitney Portal.

Followed the TYT South from Tahoe Basin to Spicer Meadow Reservoir where I cut up Highland Creek to the PCT at Wolf Creek Pass.

South of Sonora Pass I hiked off the PCT at the top of Kennedy Canyon following the Tungsten Road to the TYT at Grizzly Peak and on to Bond Pass.

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2012 Kennedy Meadows to Whitney Portal Permit and Planning Documents

Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

Permit Cover

Faxed permit from Stanislaus National Forest for hike from Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney.

Page two:
The nightly campsites.

Nightly campsites for Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

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Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:

Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.

High Sierra Resupply Points

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Making Quick Transition from SPRING to SUMMER Conditions April 2014

 Making Quick Transition from SPRING to SUMMER Conditions as of Late March  2014

High Sierra Backpacker Weather

Classic Drought Conditions Persist from Winter into Spring

Trail Guide Site Status
mid-March 2014

Draft Trail Guide pages cover the whole High Sierra Crestline and asscoiated trails from Meeks Bay South to Tuolumne Meadows, including resupply and permit pages.

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West Mokelumne Wilderness Trail Crew and Work Forum

The administration of the Mokelumne Wilderness is split as are the long trails down its length.

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail travels along the Western flank of the Sierra through the El Dorado National Forest's section of the Mokelumne Wilderness. The Toiyabe National Forest manages the Eastern flank of the Sierra where the Pacific Crest Trail tracks North and South along the Eastern edge of the Mokelumne Wilderness.

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MJamison, check your email address, it returns as faulty

Hey MJ,

Your registration email will not deliver. Check your email, correct it if necessary, and I will unlock your account. If this presents any problems, contact me through this site via my contact form, or email me at

Thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience,


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Backpackers: Post your images, trip notes, and videos from Carson Pass to Tuolumne Meadows for inclusion in the Trail Guide!

High Sierra Backpackers: See your pictures and videos on the Best High Sierra Backpacker's website and trail guide on the Web

I am currently deeply engaged with putting together the trail guide section that covers the trails between the Carson Pass and Tuolumne Meadows.

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Site Update Information

January 19, 2010

Hey Hikers!

Welcome to Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. This backpacker forum is now officially open for business. There are as many routes and experiences in the High Sierras as there are people who hike there. This site is designed to gather and provide information on every type of High Sierra backcountry visitor and traveler. 

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Tahoe to Whitney Backpacker's Forum Site Features, Point, and Purpose.

These Tahoe to Whitney Trails Forums are for backpacker feedback, trail condition updates, trip reports, and your insights about every location from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney along the High Sierra Crestline covered by the trail guide.

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Site Under Construction

You should know that this site and its sister site,, are not in their finished forms, not by any means. What you see here now is not the finished product, not by a long shot. 

The final layout of the .com site is simple: A geographic/linear series of pictures, mileages, and elevations organized into 7 trail sections by their natural resupply points.

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Welcome to TahoetoWhitney.Org

The Dream

I think it was in 2006 while I was walking down the John Muir Trail that I had the very simple thought, that, "I can relate this beautiful experience to the world." It sounded fairly simple.

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