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Rock Wall on ridge descending East from Phipps Pass, Desolation Wilderness.

Above: Rock Wall on ridge descending East from Phipps Pass, Desolation Wilderness.

Our trail guide concentrates its attention on the main TYT-PCT route across Desolation Wilderness. This Forum covers hiker input about Desolation Wilderness trails not yet on the trail guide, or not connected with the route of the TYT-PCT across Desolation.

1 1 4 years 6 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Meeks Bay Trailhead is the startpoint for the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

11.5 miles Southwest of Meeks Bay the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail intersects with the Pacific Crest Trail for the remaining 19.21 South across Desolation Wilderness to the Echo Summit trailhead.

Meeks Bay Trailhead sign.

Trailhead: Meeks Bay

Topo Map: Desolation Wilderness

21 29 2 years 32 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Post up your favorite Trails and Trailheads accessing the Sierra Crest North of Desolation Wilderness through Granite Chief Wilderness up to where the PCT passes out of the Tahoe Basin through Donner Summit on Highway 80.

1 1 1 year 14 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

View of South Lake Tahoe Basin from Meiss Country Roadless Area.

Above: View of South Lake Tahoe from Meiss Country Roadless Area.

Though the Trail Guide and Forum well covers the Meiss Country Roadless Area, there are backpacking trips in from Strawberry, Schineders Camp, and Big Meadow that are not covered in the trail guide and forum. You experiences and impressions on any trails and trips you've hiked in the Meiss Roadless Area are welcome here.

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Echo Summit is the middle Lake Tahoe traihead option for backpackers hiking Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. Located South of Meeks Bay and Desolation Wilderness, sitting on the edge of the Tahoe Rim, Echo Summit also offers easy local backpacking access South into the Meiss Roadless Area, a special zone in the LTBMU.

There are numerous potential short and medium distance trailhead to trailhead trips and one good loop launchable from Echo Summit, if you are not pointing it far to the South.
 Echo Summit Trail Head.

Trailhead: Echo Summit

Topo Map: Meiss Roadless Area

15 18 1 year 11 weeks ago
by cnz (not verified)
Your trip reports, experiences, and observations will inform others far into the future.
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The South Upper Truckee trailhead in Meyers is the Southernmost trailhead for Long Distance backpackers heading to Mount Whitney from the Lake Tahoe Basin. A 5.51 mile climb brings us to Meiss Cabin, where we find our junction with the combined Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail routes in the Southwest corner of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

South Upper Truckee Trail head to Meiss Country Roadless Area. 

above: New sign, new trailhead configuration, and new route for lower section of the South Upper Truckee trail finished in '08.

South Upper Truckee access into the Meiss Country Roadless Area offers beginning hikers a small taste of the beauties and difficulties of High Sierra backpacking close to civilization. A wide range of moderate one to three day backpacking trips can be crafted around the Meiss Roadless Area 

Trail Guide: South Upper Truckee Trailhead

Topo Hiking Map: Meiss Roadless Area 

8 17 3 years 32 weeks ago
by Unidentified Hiker

The following forum topic, below, covers the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail across the Western side of the Mokelumne Wilderness in the El Dorado National Forest. Click it to see the trails between Round Top and Lake Alpine.

Yet there are more trails and trips than those of the Tahoe to Yosemite route depicted on the trail guide, and the forum below. This forum is for those backpacking trails and backpacking trips.

This Mokelumne Wilderness Forum is for those other backpacking trips and trails off of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route, that are not depicted in the trail guide and forum below.

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Notes and Facts about the Tahoe to Yosemite route between the Carson Gap above Highway 88 to Lake Alpine on Highway 4.

Post your experiences, comments, and questions here.

Review the evolution of trail-route conditions over the last few years, and add your trail report to keep us up to date.

Looking South at the Tahoe Yosemite route around SW of Round Top, across the 1st Southbound trail junction to the TY Trail off the PCT
Above: The TYT breaks off from the PCT towards Round Top and The Sisters.

 Looking South at the Tahoe Yosemite route around SW of Round Top across the 1st Southbound trail junction to the TY Trail off the PCT, from the Carson Gap. The Carson Pass sits 1.4 miles to the SE along the PCT. 

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail splits off from the Pacific Crest Trail at the Carson Gap to cross onto the Western Flank of the Sierras heading to Lake Alpine. This section of the TYT features a very challenging seven mile segment of unmaintained trail from Summit City Creek to Camp Irene along Summit City Creek and the N Mokelumne River.

History of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Trail Guide:
Carson Gap and Carson Gap to Round Top Lake

Topo Map
Carson Pass Region: The two trails.

Route Discussion #1
Index

Route Discussion #2
Trail Guide

11 20 2 years 32 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Hiker reports updating Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Conditions.

 

Don't bypass the 2013 reports. We had some wise, observant hikers reporting on the trail in 2013 who reported features I have not seen before.

 

Read all the trail updates to be as informed as possible.

 

POST UP YOUR EXPERIENCES THROUGH
SUMMIT CITY CANYON
to
CAMP IRENE
HERE

4 6 1 year 17 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Post up your experiences. Each individual hiker has different experiences hiking exactly the same route. This is especially true on unmaintained routes such as this.

 

We may end up taking a different route than most others. It is here in the annual trip reports that you will find the range of experiences necessary to cover your potential range of experiences.

2 2 2 years 46 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Hiker reports and experiences on the unmaintained segments of the TYT in Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness. 
 

 Make sure we review the other year's reports, above, as all contain valuable information about the evolution of trail conditions, and each reports on conditions you may expect to encounter.
 

Also check out the reports on the unmaintained route over Saint Marys Pass via the Clarks Fork.

1 1 1 year 39 weeks ago
by Johnnys13

Exiting the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap offers Tahoe to Yosemite hikers three routes to Round Top Lake.

 

DON'T MISS THE
CLARKS FORK UNMAINTAINED SEGMENT UPDATES

2 2 2 years 48 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

The following forum topic, below, covers the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail across the Western side of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Click the Forum Topics below this one to see the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail between Lake Alpine and Saint Marys Pass.

Yet there are more trails and trips than those of the Tahoe to Yosemite route depicted on the trail guide, and on 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 Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route that are not depicted in the trail guide and forum below.

4 5 2 years 37 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Crossing Highway 4 on the East side of Lake Alpine marks our entry into the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness through the Silver Valley Trailhead.

Silver Valley Trailhead the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail passes through on the East side of Lake Alpine 

Highway 4 offers opportunities to rest, resupply, and feed up at the Lake Alpine Lodge, Bear Valley, or Arnold. On the Southern end of the Carson-Iceberg we will pass through Kennedy Meadows, where we can also resupply.

Trail Guide: Lake Alpine to Rock Lake

Local Map: Lake Alpine Area Trail Map

Regional Map: Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Regional Map: Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails through Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Highway 4 Trail Guide Index

8 22 1 year 30 weeks ago
by Glenn Steffen (not verified)
A new section of unmaintained trail is challenging backpackers on the Old Route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
1 1 1 year 15 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Hiker reports updating unmaintained and no-trail Conditions along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Headwaters of the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River, and find our way out of its sheer headwaters bowl.

 

Other hiker's historic experiences here will inform your future hikes.

6 6 1 year 15 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Summit Creek sunrise climbing to Sheep Camp, backpacking Emigrant Wilderness on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

Above: Summit Creek sunrise climbing to Sheep Camp, backpacking Emigrant Wilderness on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

The trail guide and Forum follow the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail routes across the Emigrant Wilderness. This forum is for other routes not along the TYT or PCT.

3 6 3 years 2 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Struve giving the kids, and me, Wagon rides at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South from Kennedy Meadows through Emigrant Wilderness to join PCT in Yosemite.

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station RESUPPLY INFORMATION

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station WEBSITE

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station along the Tahoe to Yosemite TRAIL MAP

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to Relief Reservoir TRAIL GUIDE

Click red dots on maps for information on that particular location.

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Upper bridge following Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South up Summit Creek to Relief Reservoir, Emigrant Wilderness.

Above: Upper bridge following Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South up Summit Creek to Relief Reservoir, Emigrant Wilderness.

Stunning 4 miles of stiff intermediate difficulty trail up great granite gorge to campsites on East side of Relief Reservoir.

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to Relief Reservoir Trail Guide

Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir MAP

Regional Map: TYT and PCT across Emigrant Wilderness Trail Map

Click red dots and arrows to adajacent  maps for information on that particular location and the next maps along the trail.

3 3 3 years 8 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Relief Reservoir.

8 miles up Summit Creek through stunning terrain and campsites of Saucer Meadow, Sheep Camp, and Lunch Meadow.

Trail Guide: Backpacking Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass

Trail Map: Relief Reservoir to Brown Bear Pass Hiking Map

Regional Map: TYT and PCT across Emigrant Wilderness Trail Map

Click red dots for specific trail information, labels and arrows for adjacent maps.

5 5 3 years 8 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Emigrant Meadow, Grizzly Peak, Grizzly Meadow, Tower Peak, and Yosemite across Emigrant Wilderness from Brown Bear Pass on a crisp, clear Spring day.

Above: Emigrant Meadow, Grizzly Peak, Grizzly Meadow, Tower Peak, and Yosemite across Emigrant Wilderness from Brown Bear Pass on a crisp, clear Spring day.

High Emigrant Basin trails radiate in all directions. We hike South towards Tuolumne in Yosemite.

Trail Guide: Brown Bear to Bond Pass across the High Emigrant Wilderness

Trail Map: Backpacking across the High Emigrant Wilderness Trails Map

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

 

TYT-PCT South
NORTH YOSEMITE BACKCOUNTRY

Jack Main Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows PCT & TYT

2 2 3 years 8 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
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