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. Share your experiences.
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. A Natural Wonderland. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.
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The Echo Summit Trail head tour with Alex and Randy
This blog was created to test video embedding from UTube
The video is of a bear I spotted running South through the Carson Gap, the gap that divides the Truckee River headwaters and Tahoe Basin from the Carson drainage.
This was taken near Wheeler Beach, Southern Lost Coast, 2006.
This test is to determine how to upload retrievable images into the image file browser, as it appears that image uploads into the blogs do not read on the image file browser.
So, it appears that one image at a time can be uploaded into the directory the image file browser reads from via "create image."
The Second of the seven trail sections between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney is from where you exit the Tahoe Basin at the Carson Gap, to Highway 4. Highway 4 is the road crossing the Sierras where Ebbetts Pass and Lake Alpine are located. Lake Alpine is a resupply point for long distance backpackers.
This picture was taken while I was wandering about between the South ford of Summit City Creek and the ford over the North Mokelumne River at Camp Irene on the Tahoe to Yosemite "Trail" this Summer.
I was "surveying unknown territory," looking for known territory. Normal people would call it being lost. I was in the very tricky section after you make your 2nd ford, the Southern ford across Summit City Creek, and work your way over the big piece of rock into a deeply unblazed forest within a great rock bowl.
You should know that this site and its sister site, TahoetoWhitney.com, are not in their finished forms, not by any means. What you see here now is not the finished product, not by a long shot.
The final layout of the .com site is simple: A geographic/linear series of pictures, mileages, and elevations organized into 7 trail sections by their natural resupply points.
Overview: Lake Tahoe to Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass (Pacific Crest Trail) or to Lake Alpine (Tahoe-Yosemite Trail)
SECTION OVERVIEW: Backpacking from Lake Tahoe to Highway 4
This section covers your backpacking route options on the High Sierra trails between Lake Tahoe and Highway 4. Though this guide is set up for long distance backpackers, these trails between Meeks Bay and Highway 4 are chock full of great options for intermediate to expert level backpackers who are looking for some great short to medium distance backpacking trips.
I think it was in 2006 while I was walking down the John Muir Trail that I had the very simple thought, that, "I can relate this beautiful experience to the world." It sounded fairly simple.
This bear greeted me when I was approaching my campsite at the Silver King Creek. I was heading down to my old campsite nestled by the Silver King Creek, and I was still high up on the Eastern Ridge above the ford, when I noticed this guy cruising around the flat near where both a tributary cut into the Silver King, and my trail fords it.
The picture at the bottom of the page was taken at sunset on Usal Beach. And it was the end of an excellent day at Usal Beach, on the Southern end of the Sinkyone State Park, which contains the Southern 14 miles of the Lost Coast. The next day I headed North into the temperate rain forests that characterize the Southern part of Lost Coast.
But that evening I dined on fresh abalone caught by the most interesting person I had ever encountered at Usal Beach.