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North Yosemite Backcountry Trail Crew 2009

Hiking South on the combined PCT-TYT down Cold Canyon to Glen Aulin on August 3 encounted a hiker who I identified as trail crew as he approached.

Dan Schweitzer was indeed trail crew, and he was leading the pack hiking up the steep climb from Glen Aulin to the meadows in upper Cold Canyon. Not only was he moving fast and nimbly while climbing, he was only lightly strained. Classic trail crew.

Trail Crew on Trail Guide

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Steve's Fantastic North Yosemite Backpacking Loop

This trip and its report were executed and authored by Steve Thaw during the Summer of 2014, posted by Alex.

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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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Janice "Pepperoni" Raddatz and Harmony near Meiss Meadow

July 16, 2009.

Encounter with Janice "Pepperoni" Radditz and her fine horse, Harmony.

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High Sierra Trail Crew Video

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We hike upon the work of generations of Trail crew. Every Summer the National Forests and Parks, the California Conservation Corps, and various volunteer organizations put trail crews into the High Sierra.

Backpackers fully support these institutional efforts and especially appreciate the folks who do the hard work required to keep up the web of trails that give us access to the high places.


The video pictures trail crew from CCC Stanislaus Backcountry, Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks.

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High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

Fire Information

The gold standard for fire information is CalFire.

CalFire Incident Information

Rim Fire

Another excellent resource for High Sierra Fire information is YubaNet.


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A Great Cross Country American Family Adventure II: National Parks

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, 2013.

Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park.

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Pacific Storm, Last Remnant, Relief Reservoir, Emigrant Wilderness

High Sierra Nevada Mountain Weather: Last wisps of Pacific Storm of June 24-25, 2013  die under sunrise of June 26.

 last of Pacific Ocean Storm moisture dissipates over Relief Reservoir.


Dynamic cloud dissipates over Tahoe to Yosemite Trail hiking across Emigrant Wilderness.

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Bird, Kennedy Meadows, July 11 2012

Unidentified High Sierra Bird in full mating colors, Highway 108 July 11, 2012.

Bird at junction of Highway 108 and Kennedy Meadows Road, July 2012.

Trail Guide: Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir

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