Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. Forums cover Sierra trails and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and on the trail. Ask questions. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip here. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. 

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Summit City Creek High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument

High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument
Lower Summit City Creek

Lower Summit City sign improperly placed in the late 1990s.

This sign was improperly placed at the Horse Canyon trail junction along Summit City Creek during the late 1990s until early in the new century. It is no longer located at Horse Canyon, nor anywhere along Summit City Creek.

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Golden Gate Mine, Eastern Sierra Nevada Clampers Monument

Clampers Monument: Golden Gate Mine. Eastern Sierra Nevada.

Clampers Monument for the Golden Gate Mine on Golden Gate Mine road.


Trail guide page with map and pictures of access to Golden Gate Mine road.


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Summit City History

Sandy Nevada, a long-time High Sierra backpacker and early member of Tahoe to Whitney, loaned me a unique little book packed with social, economic, and cultural history of the Silver Boom mining camp-town, Summit City by Mr. Roy M. Acker.


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Spider, Summit City Creek, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness

Spider at Granite Flat along Summit City Creek 1.3 miles South of the Upper Ford. Tahoe to Yosemite Trail between Carson Pass and Lake Alpine. El Dorado National Forest, Mokelumne Wilderness.

This spider appears a a moving black spot on granite. It is in stealth mode when it stops....

Check out this spider's neighborhood

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Megan's Butterfly Information Reference Page

An elementry student in Mrs. DiCaprio's class, Megan, found this excellent page of Butterfly Resources and Information to add to our knowledge of Butterflies. Thanks Megan and Mrs. DiCaprio!

The Butterfly resource is the (broken Link) butterfly page.

This page features information about Butterflies, Butterfly Questions, a Butterfly photo gallery, and an excellent selection of Butterfly reference materials.

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High Sierra Trail Reports Index Link: Reports prior to Spring 2011

See a list of High Sierra trail reports from previous seasons.

See the 2011 High Sierra Spring-Summer Conditions Report.

These reports are from backpacking all four seasons in the Sierra, so they may give you an idea of conditions during a particular season.

But maybe not. During recent decades the seasons have been abnormal, and changing year-to-year.

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Tracking the Sierra Nevada Spring into Summer-Thaw of 2011


Greetings. I'm Alex Wierbinski, and I started up this continuing post in early May so you could both obtain and contribute information that backpackers, hikers, and even you climbers need to track the Spring Thaw of 2011.

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Free Car Camping near Carson Pass: Intro to the Car Camping Section

Free Car Camping in the Sierra Nevada

My focus in this forum is on free Car Camping opportunities in the National Forests along the Sierra Crest. You are welcome to use this forum to post up your own pages about your favorite car camping spots in the Sierra, regardless of if it is a free National Forest site, or is in a high-fee state, federal, or national park.

As I head down the trail I will post up more info on the State, Federal, and and National Forest car camping in proximity to the trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

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Meiss Cabin South to the Carson Gap.

  This is the last Forum-comments page covering the trail up from the South Upper Truckee trail head in Meyers to the Meiss Cabin.  

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The Carson Gap

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The Carson Gap

The Carson Gap is a low point in the mountains along the Southeastern edge of the Lake Tahoe Rim. The Carson Gap makes up the Southern entrance and exit from the Tahoe Basin for Backpackers heading North and South on either the Tahoe to Yosemite or the Pacific Crest Trails.

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