Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers to share info about the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything High Sierra. The
Forums cover hiker input about the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes from the Trail Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trail itself & the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney, while this Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of High Altitude Living. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

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, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.

for Backpackers: To get you in longer, deeper, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency.
Find your potential.

for Experts: All the information to bring yourself from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. 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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Trail Head Options at Lake Tahoe

 This forum discusses the three main trail head options from where your Tahoe to Whitney trips can begin at Lake Tahoe


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Trail Options between Lake Tahoe and Highway 4

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.

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Hard at Work in the in the mountains and on the computer: Trail Guide

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.

Hard at Work in the in the mountains and on the computer: Trail Guide
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Site Under Construction

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.

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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.

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The Dream

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.

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bearlogo story

 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.


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Horse Story-Lost Coast Backpacker

 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.

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