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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Lodgepole Squirrel at 10,400 feet elevation

Lodgepole Squirrel at 10,400 feet in the hole in the Sonora Gap, in the High Sierras.

Lodgepole Squirrel at 10,400 feet elevation in the Sonora Gap. The Sonora Gap sits on the SE ridge Arm of Sonora Peak, and divides the terrain around Sonora Pass from the terrain around Wolf Creek Lake. This is the highest squirrel I've ever seen, and I I've seen some high squirrels.

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News: 2 more rare red foxes confirmed in Sierra Nevada

Good News for Backpackers:

2 more rare red foxes confirmed in Sierra Nevada, Yahoo News, AP, Fri Dec. 3, 2010


Foxes are cool critters.

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Painted Skimmer, Dragonfly

Insect, Painted Skimmer, Yosemite National Park, Stubblefield Canyon

Backpacking, Insect, Painted Skimmer,Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail. Entering Stubblefield Canyon from the North. Monday July 26 2010.

Trail Guide: Wilmer Lake to Stubblefield Canyon

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Resource for rope and Knotwork: Stormdrane's Blog

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An important backpacking skill is the ability to make rope and cord serve your purpose. The ability to expertly hang food, lashing gear securely to your pack, and properly tie down your tent or tarp is very useful.

Oh, I've got another amazing use for rope skills: Check this out...

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Stubblefield Fish Video, Yosemite Backcountry, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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Short video of High Sierra trail conditions including Trout swimming at the confluence of Stubblefield and Thompson Canyons, September 2010. North of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite on the combined routes of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails.

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Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures

Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures,

Foreign pests are eating their way through our national forests, destroying majestic scenery and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

National Science Foundation


Public Release: 6-Dec-2010

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Shy trout size it up: Fish have personalities.

Shy trout size it up, University of Gothenburg, December 6, 2010.

"Personality is not just a feature unique to humans and pets. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) have revealed that also brown trout have individual characters and show different personalities."

Link: Shy Trout Size it Up.

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Trout, Tilden Lake, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Trout, Tilden Lake,  

Fish, Trout, Tilden Lake, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in Yosemite National Park

 Trout are badass MF's. They have attitudes that are mainly aggressive or fearful. They listen carefully for vibes through the water, and can see a long ways out of the water. That's why I always sneak up on water, and try to tread as lightly as possible.

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Purple, Brodiaea

Flower, Purple, High Sierra, Brodiaea, 5800 to 6000 feet, July.

Trail Guide Page: Granite Flat Campsite to Lower Summit City Creek ford. 

Flower, Purple, High Sierra, Brodiaea, 5800 to 6000 feet, July.

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Backpacking Summit City Creek: Granite Flat to the Lower Ford


Backpacking Summit City Creek: Upper Ford to the Lower Ford

Southbound on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail


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