Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and  general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. 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. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.
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Melissa Coray Peak, High Sierra Nevada History

High Sierra Nevada History: Melissa Coray Peak  


Located West of Carson Pass on Highway 88.

History Link: Melissa Coray Peak named after Pioneer Trail Blazer

Thanks a million to Castaway for the link...

Melissa Coray Peaks sits just West of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail when heading Southbound past Round Top Lake.

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Pony Express Trail High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument

High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument: Pony Express Trail


A review of Pony Express Trail history spurred on by hiking along a small section of the Pony Express Trail near Echo Summit

Trail Guide: Backpacking Highway 50 to Echo Summit


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Ebbetts Pass High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument and History


High Sierra Nevada Historical Monument
Ebbetts Pass

 Ebbetts Pass Historical Monument

Backpacker Information

Trail Guide Page PCT NORTH: Raymond Lake to Ebbetts Pass 

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Carson Pass: High Sierra Historical Monuments

High Sierra Historical Monuments: Carson Pass

Trail Guide Page: Carson Pass

Backpacker's Forum Page: Carson Pass.


High Sierra Historical Monuments page.


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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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