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PACIFIC CREST TRAIL: The East Sierra Flank


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The forum topic below covers the Pacific Crest Trail across the Mokelumne Wilderness South of Carson Pass through the Toiyabe National Forest on the East flank of the Sierra Nevada. 

There are more trails and trips than the Pacific Crest Trail route depicted on the trail guide, and on the forum below. This forum is to mention those backpacking trails and backpacking trips not depicted on the guide, and for backpackers to post their experiences, suggestions, and updates on the Eastern Mokelumne Wilderness.

 This East Mokelumne Wilderness Forum is for those other backpacking trips and trails off of the Pacific Crest Trail route that are not depicted in the trail guide and forum below. 

1 1 2 years 29 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Notes and Facts about the Pacific Crest Trail route between Carson Pass and Ebbetts Pass. Post your experiences, comments, and questions here.

approaching Carson Pass cabin, parking lot, and historical monument. Northbound on PCT. Elephant Back in background.

 

Approaching the Carson Pass Cabin, parking lot, and historical monument while Southbound on the Pacific Crest Trail.

 This section of the Pacific Crest Trail features a series of unique terrains. This route follows the Eastern Flank of the Sierra Crest. South of Carson Pass. Crossing the exposed Forestdale Divide brings you into thin forests and a beautiful series of lakes stretching South from Blue Lakes to Wet Meadows Reservoir. Further South you traverse miles of eerie volcanic terrain along the exposed Eastern flanks of  Raymond and Reynolds Peaks. South of Reynolds you enter a densely forested zone holding Upper and Lower Kinney Lakes. It is a short walk through a rare section of exposed granite from the Kinney Lakes to Ebbetts Pass.

Trail Guide: Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass

Regional Topo: Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass 

Route Discussion: PCT or TY trail to Highway 4?

7 14 40 weeks 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski

The following forum topic, below, covers the Pacific Crest Trail across the Eastern side of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Click it to see the trails between Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass.

Yet there are many more trails and trips than those of the Pacific Crest Trail route depicted on the trail guide, and the forum below. This forum is for those backpacking trails and backpacking trips.

This Carson Iceberg Wilderness Forum is for those other backpacking trips and trails off of the Pacific Crest Trail route that are not depicted in the trail guide and forum below. 

3 3 2 years 32 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Ebbetts Pass marks the beginning of our  hike across the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Ebbetts Pass Historical Landmark

We can resupply and feed up 15 miles West down Highway 4 at the Lake Alpine Lodge.

Trail Guide: Ebbetts Pass & Lake Alpine Trailheads

Trail Map: Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking map

Click the black dots on the map for detailed map. Click the red dots for specific information on that particular location.

7 7 4 years 49 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
From Arnold to the Markleyville/Monitor Split the historical Ebbetts Pass Corridor hosts contemporary social activities as well as backpacking. Arts, Events, Activities and Planning information for the Ebbetts Pass Corridor.
1 1 3 years 36 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Post up about backpacking East of the Sierra Crestline in the watershed of the West Walker River in the slot of terrain between the Hoover and Emigrant Wilderness out of Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.
2 3 3 weeks 6 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Piute Peak guards Seavy Pass basin across the top of the mountain, Yosemite.

Longest and hardest Pacific Crest Trail section between Tahoe and Whitney. Above: Piute Peak above unique basin at Seavy Pass in the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Trail Guide: Sonora Pass Trailheads

Local Map: Leavitt Peak to Kennedy Canyon

Regional Map: Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

Click the red dots for specific location information, click the arrows and labels for adjacent maps.

1 1 4 years 13 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Leavitt, Koenig, and Latopie Lakes.

Above: Leavitt, Koenig, and Latopie Lake nestled into the Southeast flank of Leavitt Peak in the Toiyabe National Forest.

Pacific Crest Trail between Latopie Lake and Sonora Pass on Leavitt Peak.

Trail Guide: Hiking Sonora Pass to Latopie Lake

Trail Map: Backpacking Sonora Pass to Latopie Lake

Regional Map: Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

Click the red dots on the map for the trail guide, the labels and arrows for adjacent maps.

1 2 21 weeks 2 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Looking East down Kennedy Canyon towards the West West Walker River.

Above: Looking East at PCT route through Kennedy Canyon towards the West West Walker River.

Pacific Crest Trail from Latopie Lake to Kennedy Canyon trail junction across Leavitt Peak.

Trail Guide: Latopie Lake to Kennedy Canyon

Map: Sonora Pass to South end Leavitt Peak

Map: Leavitt Peak to Bond Pass

Click red dots on maps to see that location. Click labels and arrows for the next map.

1 1 2 years 22 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Tower Peak.

Above: Tower Peak appears on the Sierra Crestline as we hike to Dorothy Lake Pass.

Trail Guide: Kennedy Canyon to Jack Main Canyon

Trail Map: Leavitt Peak to Dorothy Lake

Click the red dots on the map to see that specific location.

 

SOUTH PCT &TYT
NORTH YOSEMITE BACKCOUNTRY

Jack Main Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows TYT & PCT

1 1 2 years 22 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Emigrant Meadow Lake in Emigrant Meadow from Big Sam.

Above: Emigrant Meadow Lake in Emigrant Meadow from Big Sam in the Emigrant Wilderness.

The Tungsten Road

Hiking South over Big Sam to intersect with the TYT at Grizzly Peak from the Kennedy Canyon trail junction for the hike through Bond Pass into the North Yosemite Backcountry  is the Third Way across the high elevation section of the Emigrant Wilderness.

Trail Guide: Kennedy Canyon on the PCT to Grizzly Peak on the TYT via Big Sam.

Trail Map: South flank of Leavitt Peak to Jack Main Canyon in North Yosemite Backcountry

Click the red dots on the map routes to check out that location on the trail guide.

Next Forum South TYT 
Emigrant Wilderness 
TYT Grizzly Peak to Bond Pass to Jack Main Canyon 

Next Forum South PCT 
Yosemite National Park
PCT-TYT Jack Main Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows 

1 1 2 years 16 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
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