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Backpacking Trip Planning

Notes and information about planning High Sierra backpacking trips.

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Tioga Road Limited Opening June 21, 2019



First Highway 120 Opening for 2019 Season

Yosemite National Park Announces Limited Access on Tioga Road Beginning on Friday, June 21, 2019,
Yosemite National Park, June 19, 2019.


Limited Access
" to all vehicles, including bicycles, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm."

No Parking
" visitor parking available at either end of the road closure."

Tuolumne Meadows Closed
"There are no visitor services available along Tioga Road. The Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Wilderness Center, and the Tuolumne Meadows Campground remain closed."

"Opening dates for the 2019 season have not been determined."

"The road will remain closed outside of these times to allow for continued roadwork and snow clearing."

"Cyclists traveling over Tioga Road will need to be prepared to cross over the full length of Tioga Road during daylight hours. Tioga Road is closed to overnight camping."

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Important JMT Access Point Severed: Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin Access Closed


Highway 168 OPEN

State Route 168W to open JULY 27 at 8 PM,
Sierra Wave, July 27, 2018.

"Since the initial rockfall/mudslide last Sunday, July 22nd, Caltrans, Inyo County, and the CHP worked relentlessly to assist over 70 stranded vehicles and 150+ people beyond the slide at Sabrina and North Lake campgrounds."

"USFS will also be reopening the North Lake Campground and Sabrina Campgrounds.  Additionally, the Sabrina Lake and North Lake trailheads (Paiute Pass and Lamarck Lakes) are now open. The USFS will honor wilderness permits held for these trailheads starting tomorrow, July 28th, and will be issuing new permits (within the quota) as well.  Please call the Wilderness Permit Office at 760-873-2483 if you have questions."


Hwy 168



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JMT Access Severed by Mudslide

Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin Access Closed

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2018 TRAIL CONDITIONS: Mammoth to Stay Open to Mid-June



Mammoth to Stay Open to Mid-June

California skiers, rejoice! Mammoth to stay open well into June,
Free Skier, May 21, 2018.


Last Year

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Information about Public Transportation to, across, around, and in the High Sierra

Information about Public Transportation to, across, through, around, and in the High Sierra


This is the index, or center of various tidbits of information about High Sierra Transportation.


Quick Links to Sierra Transportation Resources


YARTS Merced to Mammoth Schedule


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Backpacking Kids: Learn how to Backpack & Teach My Kid How to Backpack

Backpacking Kids:
Learn how to Backpack
Teach My Kid How to Backpack


How to Get Yourself and Your Kids Into Backpacking


A Recipe for Creating Backpacking Kids
A fine introduction to getting the kids ready for backpacking from Whiteblaze, the most excellent AT-PCT-CT East Coast Long Distance Backpacker website:


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Planning an Excellent Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trip.

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Planning Information 
Create the best Emigrant Wilderness backpacking plan. Use our Maps, miles, elevations and experience to craft your perfect trip.


I recently completed (Oct 8, 2016) the 2016 High Sierra Trails & Trail Culture Review.

This report has planning information for Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trips from Kennedy Meadows to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.

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2001 Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip Plan

Thirty Nine nights on the trail, five nights off, 44 days between the Meyers Trailhead in the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Mount Whitney Portal.

Followed the TYT South from Tahoe Basin to Spicer Meadow Reservoir where I cut up Highland Creek to the PCT at Wolf Creek Pass.

South of Sonora Pass I hiked off the PCT at the top of Kennedy Canyon following the Tungsten Road to the TYT at Grizzly Peak and on to Bond Pass.

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2012 Kennedy Meadows to Whitney Portal Permit and Planning Documents

Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

Permit Cover

Faxed permit from Stanislaus National Forest for hike from Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney.

Page two:
The nightly campsites.

Nightly campsites for Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

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Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Backpacking Trip

Applicable to The Pacific Crest and John Muir Trail Routes, too...

This is our discussion and resources for planning our 173.83 miles covering the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed and described on the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide:

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Making Quick Transition from SPRING to SUMMER Conditions April 2014

 Making Quick Transition from SPRING to SUMMER Conditions as of Late March  2014

High Sierra Backpacker Weather

Classic Drought Conditions Persist from Winter into Spring

Trail Guide Site Status
mid-March 2014

Draft Trail Guide pages cover the whole High Sierra Crestline and asscoiated trails from Meeks Bay South to Tuolumne Meadows, including resupply and permit pages.

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West Mokelumne Wilderness Trail Crew and Work Forum

The administration of the Mokelumne Wilderness is split as are the long trails down its length.

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail travels along the Western flank of the Sierra through the El Dorado National Forest's section of the Mokelumne Wilderness. The Toiyabe National Forest manages the Eastern flank of the Sierra where the Pacific Crest Trail tracks North and South along the Eastern edge of the Mokelumne Wilderness.

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Driving the Trans-Sierra Nevada Highways: Sonora Pass


Driving the Trans Sierra Highways

Driving East up the Western Sierra Foothills
Highway 108
to the
Clarks Fork Road and Sonora Pass.

Driving East up Highway 108 we could get the impression that Highway 108 is an almost endless road.

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Kingsbury Grade down to Highway 108, Highway 395, East Side of the Northern Sierra Nevada

Over the years I've hitch-hiked to, and walked in and out of many remote High Sierra trailheads. The locals take note the first year, and by the third year they consider you a part of their local scene: The Backpacker.

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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're welcome to use this forum to post up your own pages or supplemental information about your own 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.

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MJamison, check your email address, it returns as faulty

Hey MJ,

Your registration email will not deliver. Check your email, correct it if necessary, and I will unlock your account. If this presents any problems, contact me through this site via my contact form, or email me at

Thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience,


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Backpackers: Post your images, trip notes, and videos from Carson Pass to Tuolumne Meadows for inclusion in the Trail Guide!

High Sierra Backpackers: See your pictures and videos on the Best High Sierra Backpacker's website and trail guide on the Web

I am currently deeply engaged with putting together the trail guide section that covers the trails between the Carson Pass and Tuolumne Meadows.

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Video Three: Food, Part Two, Determining your daily Snacks to achieve 3000 calories per Day

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Video Three 
Filling in the Blanks

Now that we've determined the calorie count of our 4 daily set meals, we need to make up the difference between that amount and our goal of 3000 calories per day with snacks.

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Video One: Basic Backpacking Considerations

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Considerations before taking a High Sierra backpacking trip

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Site Update Information

January 19, 2010

Hey Hikers!

Welcome to Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. This backpacker forum is now officially open for business. There are as many routes and experiences in the High Sierras as there are people who hike there. This site is designed to gather and provide information on every type of High Sierra backcountry visitor and traveler. 

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These Tahoe to Whitney Trails Forums are for backpacker feedback, trail condition updates, trip reports, and your insights about every location from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney along the High Sierra Crestline covered by the trail guide.

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