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High Sierra Backpacking Trip Report: Twin Lakes-Benson Lake Loop, July 14 to July 21, 2018 sticky icon

 

Trip Report
Bensen Lake Loop

July 14 – 21, 2018

Editor's Note
This trip begins and ends at the Twin Lakes Trailhead in the Toiyabe-administered Northern section of the Hoover Wilderness. It climbs precipitiously to, then over the Sierra Crest, into the heart of the very difficult backpacking terrain of the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Intercepting the routes of the unified PCT-TYT along Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon, our route turns South with them, down through the beauties of Seavy Pass before plunging down into the Bensen Hole, only  to climb back out and over Bensen Pass, on our way back to Twin Lakes by splitting off the PCT-TYT to climb up through Matterhorn Canyon, on our way back to our starting trailhead at Twin Lakes.

Check out the maps, miles, and description of this fine route below...
 

Time & Distance

Eight Nights

Around 54 miles

 

All Photos

 

Trail Guide

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Rock Island Pass Yosemite Boundary Sign
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Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking: Crabtree to Gem Lake, Deer Lake, and More

Backpacking Emigrant Wilderness

A fantastic  4 day Backpacking Trip into the Emigrant Wilderness from trailhead East of Pinecrest Lake near Highway 108.

Peter describes food resources there and back, roads, fishing, trail culture and terrain descriptions that make this a fantastic description of a fantastic backpacking trip.

Trail into Emigrant Wilderness from Crabtree Trailhead.
 Backpacking Trail into Emigrant Wilderness through Crabtree Trailhead

Thanks to Peter and Jason for sharing this!

Maps
Emigrant Wilderness NF PDF

All Tahoe to Whitney MAPS
INDEX
Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Maps
PCT & TYT

 

Trailhead 
Emigrant Wilderness Trailheads NF PDF

TW Emigrant-N Yosemite TRAILS
INDEX
Highway 108 to Highway 120 Trail Guide

 

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Forty Day Backpacking Plan: Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney 2002

2002 Tahoe to Whitney 40 Day Backpacking Trip

Planning and Execution Notes

Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.

I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.

The backpacking plan is both a plan that determines what each resupply bucket will contain, and is my selection of nightly campsite locations.
It lists the dates and locations I expected to camp each night. It lists when and what I was going to pick up my resupply buckets, and was my shopping list for additional items I needed to get.

Note that I made this list in May of 2002 for departure on July 9. It was in May that I brought together all my food for packing into resupply buckets to begin shipping. This is the point where my itinerary came together to determine my exact food needs. The schedule and the food planning must come together simultanously.

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Late Summer 2017 Trip Report: TYT from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

LATE SUMMER 2017

This is a trip report for the TYT from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows on 8/12 to 8/19. This was the first time I have backpacked on the TYT, and the longest trip I have taken. I went with my brother-in-law and my 13 year old nephew.

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Trip Report: Rich, Scott, & Melika report on Unmaintained Clarks Fork of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, 2016

Published
June 18, 2017

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
TRIP REPORT

 

Unmaintained Trail Report

 

This Report:
Section Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

This Section

Lake Alpine to St. Mary’s Pass

Trip Start Date 
August 7, 2016

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Carol Crooker Trip Report Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.

Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
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Andy's 2015 TYT Trip Report

Hi, Alex- 

Here's a trail report from Summit City Canyon to St. Mary's Pass. Short story is that we were occasionally a bit befuddled and had to backtrack, but in general the trail/route was not that difficult to follow.

FOURTH OF JULY JUNCTION TO CAMP IRENE: From the Fourth of July junction to the first stream crossing south of Horse Canyon junction, the trail is in great shape.

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail 2015 Scouting Report

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Finding Trail and Fishing Our Way to Yosemite

Johnny 13
 

Start
Meeks Bay 
Start Time: June 26, 2015.

Duration
26 days

Hiking Partners
 Two buddies for three days from Meeks Bay to Lake Aloha.

 Met another buddy at Carson Pass, who accompanied me for six days through the unmaintained segment of trail through Summit City Canyon.

Lake Alpine to Tuolumne Meadows Solo.

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Tollermom tops Mount Whitney on a very Long Day Hike

Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.

Mount Whitney in a Day

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APRIL 2015 Trip Report: Glacier Point Road to Grouse Lake, Yosemite

P, of M & P who publish BackpacktheSierra, sent in this fantastic trip report of their recent very early Spring backpacking trip off the recently opened (March 28 2015) Glacier Point Road above Yosemite Valley.

Here's M's report on these very unusual Spring conditions:

HI Alex,

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Mt Whitney day hike! My most excellant adventure.

I am a planner. I read books, studied maps. I poured over trip reports hoping to glean the one obscure tip that would be my salvation. I fretted, obsessed, analyzed and memorized. I watched youtube videos of the trail, did a virtual flyover on Halfmile Maps google earth. I worried over hikers who fell off the trail wondering what tripped them up.

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Melika carries pack across the unmaintained TYT from Carson Pass to Lake Alpine

Scott Turner, his pal Rich, and Scott's dog Melika hiked the unmaintained section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the Spring of 2014. Check out  Scott's Trail Report

Trail Guide References:

Map

Carson Pass Region Hiking Map

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Steve's Fantastic North Yosemite Backpacking Loop

This trip and its report were executed and authored by Steve Thaw during the Summer of 2014, posted by Alex.

Hetch Hetchy Loop
 Jack Main Canyon to Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon and Back

Thursday August 21
I drove to Hetch Hetchy and started from the campground and went across the dam and up to the Beehive trail intersection where I decided to make # 1 camp.

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George and Sue Cross Country to Spicer Meadow Reservoir Campsites

George and Sue have a nice campsite at the end of a cross country route located on the North shore of Spicer Meadow Reservoir out of Summit Lake.

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William's Unique Cross Country Loop centered on Winnemucca Lake

"What's on the other side of that mountain?"

"Where does that ravine lead to?'

-and-

"That might be a really cool shortcut" are very familiar thoughts in my hiking mind.

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Peter's Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report June 2014

Introduction
Upon the first publication of this report on June 8th 2014 Peter had just completed an early season snow-hiking trip along the Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route. At that time he sent us very valuable information about early season conditions early in the season, which we first put up here on June 8 of 2014.

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Scott's Summit City Creek Trail Report June 2014

Introduction

An excellent way to approach the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is as a section hiker. This is how Scott, his hiking partner Rich, and their backcountry hiking dog Melika approached the difficult Carson Pass to Lake Alpine section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

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Footbridge route from Woods Lake to Winnemucca Lake, CPMA

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We have three potential backpacking routes to the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite Trail exiting the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap. The Eastern route follows the PCT down to and through Carson Pass to bend West towards Round Top Lake and the TYT via Winnemucca Lake. The other two backpacking routes up to the TYT involve hiking down towards Woods Lake, from where we will pick either the footbridge route or the Lost Cabin Mine Trail route to the trail junction at Round Top Lake.

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A Great Cross Country American Family Adventure II: National Parks

Meeting Jon and Anne at Hetch Hetchy after a hot hike down Jack Main Canyon during the High Sierra Heat Wave of early July 2013 was a blessing, and the tip of a rather large iceberg.

Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite, 2013.

Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park.

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