Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These 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.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. This is the perfect playground for expert backpackers in top shape.
Doc sent us this report and photos about his Late May Spring Snow trip from Little Yosemite Valley up to Sunrise Lakes and back. Doc's original goal was Tenaya Lake, but the storm held him a little short. Disgression is the better part of valor!
Doc's trip began on Thursday the 26th, and was turned back by the weekend storm we experienced on the 28th and 29th.
This report will inform Pacific Crest Trail hikers as well as early season John Muir Trail hikers as to the deep snow at elevation in the Sierra Nevada.
Richard, from Spanish Highs Mountain Guides, sent this nice note about the Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains.
These stunning mountains are the orginal Old World Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our New World Sierra in California is the namesake of the Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Questing Vets Trail Report: May 28, 2011, Jean fractures her hand
(These updates are the complete text of Jean's emails from the trail)
Today started out good; Ryan and I with the horses headed down the PCT 2 miles to a bridge to see if the mare would cross it. She didn't of course. She did great without the easy boot though. Jabiru and I worked out such fine comunication that I could get him to place his feet all around the rocks on the trail. We even got around a block in the trail.
The Spanish Sierra Nevada
California's Sierra Nevada is the namesake of the original Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, located in Southern Spain. Located in Granada and Almería in Spain, the Spanish Sierra Nevada contains Mulhacén, Spain's highest point at 11,411 ft.
Discovery and Early Western History of the Sierra Nevada
The name "Sierra Nevada" was first used in 1776 to describe California's mountain range, the very same year the American Colonies declared their independence from England.
At the same time British colonists on the East Coast were rejecting the authority of the English King, the Spanish King was pushing his authority up the West Coast of the continent.
Hey, I'm really sorry, but I have not put the rest of this series of snow backpacking videos up yet. I have snow shoed these routes many times, and the required information is available on our sister site, TahoetoWhitney.com, the trail guide.
This page is to collect comments about Mark Twain's High Sierra observations recorded in Roughing It explored on the Mark Twain's High Sierra page from the trail guide.
The above link brings you to quotes from Twain about Lake Tahoe, the Silver Boom in the Eastern Sierra, and Mono Lake.
Better yet, read Mark Twain's Roughing It.
Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail: Miles and Elevations
I'm still constructing this baby...
But this is the end of the line for the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail on this Trail Guide.
From here we are continuing South on the combined John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails South towards Mount Whitney.
Miles and Elevations on the TYT