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Bear encounter in Upper East Fork of the Carson River drainage. Bear wanted my food, but I kept it.
Hunter's Camp Bear Story
Above Hunters Camp there is a big boulder that provides an expansive view, where we can see all the way to Ebbetts Pass. I had ate dinner and made hot chocolate and retired to the boulder to watch the view change with the setting sun and have a relaxing smoke. Hunters Camp has exceptional sunsets.
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.
Big Bumble Bee in Upper Lunch Meadow
Emigrant Wilderness-Stanislaus National Forest
Sept 2, 2010
About 9200 feet of elevation,
above Mosquito Pass trail junction.
Trail Guide Information
July 5, 2016
I'll be hitting the trails for a couple of weeks starting today until late July. The site will not be actively monitored during this time. I will return and respond to any inquiries at the end of July.
Those of you hiking North from Tuolumne Meadows during this time may well run into me hiking South towards TM along the TYT-PCT.
Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River
Last year we hiked from 108 over St Mary's Pass to Iceberg Meadow.
We did it in mid-June. There was a good amount of snow at the pass but we manage our way over and around it.
We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.
We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:
We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.
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Close Encounter of the Cow Kind
As I was hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus on the unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail I picked up the enchanting sound of softly clanging cow bells bouncing off the rocky canyon walls until absorbed by the forest.
From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
I need to go backpacking post-haste. City life sucks and has about driven me crazy. I will be ready to run screaming into Nature after the Fourth.
How about you?
I have a five to seven day trip planned out of the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead near the top of Highway 108. I need a ride up there between the 5th and 7th, if anyone is driving that way.
But here's the real deal, why I am posting here; I am hiking North on an untrailed segment of the TYT to an unmaintained segment of trail, then down to maintained trail.
Matt Bloom and family and friends provide long distance High Sierra backpackers the best of Western Hospitality, food, supplies, laundry and showers along the classic route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail where it crosses Highway 108.
Kennedy Meadows is a standard resupply spot for Pacific Crest Trail hikers.
For visitors driving up on Highway 108, the Sonora Pass Highway Kennedy Meadows offers outstanding food, lodging, horses and horsepacking into the Emigrant Wilderness South of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station or North into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
The Tungsten Road is a dirt mining road East of Sonora Pass off of Highway 108 that still offers four-wheel drive access to Leavitt Lake on the East flank of the Sierra Crest below Leavitt Peak.
This is the backpacker's forum for the Emigrant Wilderness trail guide page centered on crossing over Big Sam.
Big Sam sits between the Pacific Crest Trail junction at the top of Kennedy Canyon and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail at the Grizzly Peak trail junction crossing the Emigrant Basin.
Backpacking brings many trail encounters. This time I met a father bringing his son up Leavitt Peak on a long dayhike via the shortcut route.
Dad had broke in his son for the physical exertion through backpacking trips and the natural training that entails, and was now adding in challenging scrambles. Thus dad selected the shortcut route up Leavitt Peak, for the challenge.
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.
Medium and Long distance
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.
I guess this topic deals with cold effects on terrain, on water, on lakes and streams.
Here's Wolf Creek flowing as slush during October of 2011:
I was facinated by this. I would have spent the morning watching it revert to liquid water, but I had a hiking partner with time constraints during this backpacking trip that I could not blow off.
In for a penny, in for a pound.