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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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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Meiss Cabin South to the Carson Gap

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Meiss Cabin to Carson Gap

This is the comments, questions, and extra information Forum Page for the trail guide pages between Meiss Cabin and the Carson Gap.

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Round Lake to Meiss Meadow Spring backpacking High Sierra

A little over two miles South of Round Lake on the trail we will encounter the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails. 

We will wind our way South from Round Lake thorugh meadow and forest along a moderately ascending well maintained trail  to the trail junction with the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails within sight of Meiss Cabin and Barn. 

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Showers_Lake_Frozen_Spring 2010

This picture looks from the check dam Southwest across the frozen lake. The top of the checkdam is visible in the snow in the foreground.

A duck was screwing around on the lake, and a chipmunk was scouting us out, and probing us for food at our campsite. I love Spring. Departing the lake the next day I found bear tracks emerging from bear's hibernation spot.

Showers_Lake_Frozen_Spring 2010
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Winter Backpacking Gear Video and Notes: Selection thoughts, Worse Case Scenario, First Aid Kit

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Now that we've checked out our Winter layering options, we now have to tailor our selections to the weather conditions we are anticipating from our route and weather conditions research and balance this with our own personal level of cold tolerance.

Then we have to throw in the extra layer necessary to deal with worse-case scenarios.

Check out the Tahoe to Whitney gear list for layering options, and the discussion about layering.

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Test: Inline Images after site upgrade: Becan, Grand Pryramid


 I can upload new pictures successfully, yet the images in all previous posts fail to print.

This means that although all new posts on this site are capable of displaying uploaded images, every earlier post has lost its uploaded pictures, and I can't find them anywhere. such are the trials of backpacking the digital trail.

This project was suspended until this problem was fixed today, April 10 2011. Yeah!!

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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


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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