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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Other Great High Sierra Activities: Hikers-Bikers-Fishermen, Check this Out!

Backpacking is a great thing to do to clear your mind and satisfy your soul . I have been a backpacker for most of my life and have tromped all over the Sierra Nevada mountains (maybe not on the scale that Alex has ).
 

As we get older it is not possible for all of us to continue with the things we love ( at least in the same capacity ) . For those that are not able to backpack long distances like we used to there is still hope.
 

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Winter Backpacking Survival: Frozen Lake Breakthrough, Self Rescue, and Recovery

Background 

This incident happened about eight or nine years ago during a late-Winter snowshoe trip. I recount it now so you can avoid my stupid mistakes and learn from my errors. My experience may give you an extra option for self-rescue after breaking through the ice on a frozen lake.

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Hiking Trip Plan: Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from Meeks Bay

This is your page for questions and comments on the Hiking Trip Plan for heading South on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail out of Meeks Bay.

See the trail guide for basic considerations the underlay a solid hiking plan.

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Hiking Trip Plan: Pacific Crest & Tahoe to Yosemite from Meyers

This is your page for questions and comments on the Hiking Trip Plan for heading South out of the South Upper Truckee trailhead in Meyers.
How our hiking plan works out depends on if we are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail  South once we hike out of the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap.

From the Meiss Cabin junction these famous trails are unified for a short distance South, until we reach the Carson Gap. Then they split apart on their respective routes South down the East and West flanks of the Sierra.

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Bear in Carson Gap: Video and Pictures

Bear encountered heading North into Meiss Meadow through Carson Gap. Video and pictures on Carson Gap page of the trail guide. 

Black Bear heading South into the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap towards Meiss Meadow

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Round Lake, Meiss Country: Questions, Comments, Experiences

This is your page for comments, questions, or your experiences at and around Round Lake. If you have pictures, videos, or maps that would highlight your experiences in the Meiss Country Roadless Area, Register.

This place is great for your first High Sierra Backpacking Trip!

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Q&A with your experiences Big Meadow Trail Junction, Meiss Country

This is the place for your questions, comments, and experiences with the trail from Big Meadow that joins our trail .58 of a mile below Round Lake, and .28 of a mile above the Dardanelles Lake trail junction.

Big Meadow trail junction beween the South Upper Truckee trailhead, Round Lake, and the Big Meadow trailhead.

Information:

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Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions Meiss Country Roadless Area

Backpacker Comments
Supplemental Information
 Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions in the Meiss Country Roadless Area.

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Comments: South Upper Truckee River trailhead through Burnt Area

This is the place for your Questions-Comments-Experiences:
The lower section of the South Upper Truckee Trail South out of Meyers in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Register to post your own page in this forum about your experiences and advice for other hikers on this trail.

This page is the feedback page for the two trail guide pages between the lower South Upper Truckee trailhead and the Dardanelles trail junction pages on the trail guide. 

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Questions-Comments-Experiences: Locate the South Upper Truckee Trailhead, Meyers

Questions-Comments-Experiences: Locate the South Upper Truckee Trailhead in Meyers. This page is the feedback page for the South Upper Truckee Trailhead page on the trail guide.

Looking up the drainage of the South Upper Truckee River from Echo Summit

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