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Report on a High Sierra trip: Route conditions, temps, miles and elevations, difficulty, gear selection, and how your experiences worked out.
Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
Here's a trail report from Summit City Canyon to St. Mary's Pass. Short story is that we were occasionally a bit befuddled and had to backtrack, but in general the trail/route was not that difficult to follow.
FOURTH OF JULY JUNCTION TO CAMP IRENE: From the Fourth of July junction to the first stream crossing south of Horse Canyon junction, the trail is in great shape.
Start Time: June 26, 2015.
Two buddies for three days from Meeks Bay to Lake Aloha.
Met another buddy at Carson Pass, who accompanied me for six days through the unmaintained segment of trail through Summit City Canyon.
Lake Alpine to Tuolumne Meadows Solo.
Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.
Mount Whitney in a Day
P, of M & P who publish BackpacktheSierra, sent in this fantastic trip report of their recent very early Spring backpacking trip off the recently opened (March 28 2015) Glacier Point Road above Yosemite Valley.
Here's M's report on these very unusual Spring conditions:
I am a planner. I read books, studied maps. I poured over trip reports hoping to glean the one obscure tip that would be my salvation. I fretted, obsessed, analyzed and memorized. I watched youtube videos of the trail, did a virtual flyover on Halfmile Maps google earth. I worried over hikers who fell off the trail wondering what tripped them up.
This trip and its report were executed and authored by Steve Thaw during the Summer of 2014, posted by Alex.
Hetch Hetchy Loop
Jack Main Canyon to Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon and Back
Thursday August 21
I drove to Hetch Hetchy and started from the campground and went across the dam and up to the Beehive trail intersection where I decided to make # 1 camp.
Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.
I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.
George and Sue have a nice campsite at the end of a cross country route located on the North shore of Spicer Meadow Reservoir out of Summit Lake.
"What's on the other side of that mountain?"
"Where does that ravine lead to?'
"That might be a really cool shortcut" are very familiar thoughts in my hiking mind.
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.
An excellent way to approach the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is as a section hiker. This is how Scott, his hiking partner Rich, and their backcountry hiking dog Melika approached the difficult Carson Pass to Lake Alpine section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
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.
Meeting Jon and Anne at Hetch Hetchy after a hot hike down Jack Main Canyon during the High Sierra Heat Wave of early July 2013 was a blessing, and the tip of a rather large iceberg.
Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park.
I had a great trip through Summit City Ck canyon last week... its BEE-OO-TEE-FUL! Wow, what a gem.
Finding the trail was just fine, probably because I was expecting the worst from your website description.
These up to date conditions reports were sent to me by Eric, who was kind enough to share them with us during late July of 2013:
Eric's Account of Recent Trail Conditions, 2011-2013
This was my third summer hiking the original Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail, all parts as originally proposed in Tomas Winnett's guide book.
I just today finished a short (4 day) trip up the McGee Creek Trail to Little McGee Lake and back again. (Elevation change, from 7800 to 11,400) We almost went over the pass.
I was hiking with llamas and one of them got sick so we had to bail early.
The weather was excellent, clear and warm, and the mosquitoes were quite light where we camped. We used a camp at 9,200 on night one and three, near a running creek, and a camp in a meadow at 11,000 on night 2.
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