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Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
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.
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.
Moved to Mountain Safety Forum
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.
A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:
From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.
Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.
Let's let Peter tell it:
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.
This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:
There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.
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.
Below we have a chronology of the history of Western travel over the areas South, North, and that now crossed by Highway 108 through Sonora Pass.
This history covers the original route up the West Walker River through Emigrant Pass across Emigrant Basin, the subsequent route over both Sonora and Saint Marys Passes into the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River, and the final route up Deadman Creek and over Sonora Pass.
Interesting formation of rock inclusions in exposed granite along unmaintained segment of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River
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.
This Eastern route is the longest of our three possible routes between our Southbound exit from the Lake Tahoe Basin through Carson Gap to the single track of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route South of Round Top Lake.
This is the forum page for our questions, comments, supplemental information and updates, and most importantly your experience and advice about this particular route.