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Hobbitbook 2013 Trail Report: Summit City Creek along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Route

Hi Alex,

I had a great trip through Summit City Ck canyon last week... its BEE-OO-TEE-FUL! Wow, what a gem.

Finding the trail was just fine, probably because I was expecting the worst from your website description.

People had left many cairns to follow, and it seemed like a number of folks had been there already this year, leaving their trails to follow through bracken and undergrowth, including the enchanted forest.

The trail has a real personality, very playful, and it loves big trees. There were plenty of those in the enchanted forest - wow, what an incredible place. It feels so ancient in there.

I did want to report that someone left their mark in nail polish along the trail: On the Horse Creek signpost: "Danger Not Horse Safe," "Lost the trail 2.5 mi," "GPS needed"

Horse Canyon trail junction marred by Finger Polish Lady, Summer 2013.

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2018 Valley Subsidence a Symbol of Overproduction Abuses

 

UPDATED
Ripping Off the Taxpayer to Continue Draining California

 

Original Story
GEOLOGY, WATER,
&
THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF OUR GREED

Still Got that Sinking Feeling?

Good, As We’ve Destroyed the Natural Foundations of Our Own Bounty & Beauty

The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water,
Sacbee, July 13, 2018.

Valley Subsidence a Symbol of Long-Term Overproduction Abuses

 

The Last Chapters

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In through the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead

This is the forum for members to post up reports about backpacking trips out of the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

This page is for anyone to post up comments about hiking the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

 Backpacking Maps

Highway 108 Trailheads

Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

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Clarks fork of the Stanislaus River

Interesting formation of rock inclusions in exposed granite along unmaintained segment of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Unique rock inclusions in granite exposed along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus hiking TYT.

Trail Guide
Boulder Creek junction to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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Noble Canyon Backpacking Toiyabe National Forest

Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.

Steve at base of giant juniper tree in Noble Canyon.

 This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.

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Saucer Meadow to Sheep Camp

Sheep Camp is 2.48 miles up 880 feet of elevation from Saucer Meadow proper.

Sheep Camp is about 2 miles South of the last of the "Saucer Meadow Campsites' spread for a half mile South of Saucer Meadow.

This is an exceptional section of trail, especially the last quarter mile up to a narrow passage in the ridgline at the top of this narrowing arm of canyon just off the Northeast side of the crest of Blackhawk Mountain.

This is quite a stunning section of trail.

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Relief Reservoir to Saucer Meadow Campsites

Saucer Meadow is 560 feet above our trail past Relief Reservoir over 1.58 miles. This constitutes a hard degree of moderate difficulty trail.

This page is set up to provide basic information to supplement the trail guide, the most valuable of which are your comments, questions and experiences.

Each of these will help inform backpackers who've not experienced this wonderland.

There are no good campsites at Saucer Meadow itself. What I call the Saucer Meadow Campsites begin about a half mile South of Saucer Meadow.

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South Upper Truckee Composite Boulders

Hiking South up the steep trail following the South Upper Truckee from the end of the South Upper Truckee Road in Meyers we note the interface between volcanic terrain to our East, and around us, and the granite terrain rising to our West, and also around us.

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Alex Reports: Carson Pass to Lake Alpine, late September 2013

Between 2002 and 2009 the length of unmaintained  trail along Summit City Creek was expanding Northward from Telephone Gulch through the Horse Canyon trail junction up towards the trail junction located below Fourth of July Lake.

This trend has been reversed between 2009 and 2013.

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Seavy Pass to Smedberg Lake via Bensen Lake

Backpacking
Seavy Pass
to
Smedberg Lake 

North Yosemite Backcountry

This forum is for comments, additions, corrections, and questions from the trail guide covering the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails backpacking South through the Seavy Pass Bowl to the descent to Bensen Lake in the North Yosemite Back Country. 

From Bensen Lake this page covers the Southbound climb to Smedberg Lake on our way to cross over Bensen Pass. 

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Jack Main Canyon Comments, Questions, Updates, Trail and Weather

Jack Main Canyon

This is the location for general comments, questions, trail conditions and weather updates for the section of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail from Dorothy Lake Pass along the PCT or Bond Pass along the TYT into the top of Jack Main Canyon in the far Northwest corner of the Yosemite Back Country.

Or any information relating to this segment of the trail. What do you think? What did you experience here?

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Miller Lake to Glen Aulin Comments, Questions, Updates, Trail and Weather

Miller Lake to Glen Aulin

This is the location for general comments, questions, trail conditions and weather updates for the section of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail from Miller Lake to Glen Aulin in the North Yosemite Back Country.

Or any information relating to this segment of the trail. Hit the comments link at the bottom of the page. Or hit the link for the rest of the Trails Forum at the top of the page.

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North Yosemite Backcountry Trail Crew, August 2009

Hiking down Cold Canyon, August 3 2009 encounterd Dan Schweitzer. He was the first of nine more Yosemite Trail Crew hiking out to Smedberg Lake to set up a backcountry Trail Crew Camp and begin their season of repair, maintainence, and construction.

Dan Schweitzer hiking up Cold Canyon beginning 2009 Trail Crew season.

A bit further down I ran into Kirk streatching it out

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Amador Trails Info: The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail & Mokelumne Wilderness Volunteers

In August of 2013 I received multiple reports of vandalism along the pristine and remote unmaintained section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route in Summit City Canyon in the Mokelumne Wilderness. This provoked me to report the incident to the Amador Ranger Station of the El Dorado National Forest, which administers the area.

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Eric's Unmaintained Trail Reports: Boulder Creek to Saint Marys Pass, 2011 to 2013

These up to date conditions reports were sent to me by Eric, who was kind enough to share them with us during late July of 2013:

Eric's Account of Recent Trail Conditions, 2011-2013

 

This was my third summer hiking the original Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail, all parts as originally proposed in Tomas Winnett's guide book.
 
 

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Eric's Trail Conditions Report: Tahoe to Yosemite Unmaintained Trail Sections Reports, 2011-13

These up to date and historical conditions reports were sent to me by Eric, who was kind enough to share them with us during late July of 2013. I added links to trail guide resources covering the elements of the trail Eric describes.

 

Eric's Account of Recent Trail Conditions, 2011-2013

This was my third summer hiking the original Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail, all parts as originally proposed in Tomas Winnett's guide book.

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Butterflies, Jack Main Canyon, Yosemite National Park, Wildlife

Butterflies Jack Main Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

Update: Video, Endless Butterflies

 Butterflies in Jack Main Canyon.

Location: South of Lake Vernon trail junction on Moraine Ridge, just North of The Beehive.

Date: July 1, 2013.

Elevation: 7000 feet

Trail Guide

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Trout Fry, Wilson Creek middle ford, North Yosemite Wilderness

Hiking South along the unified Pacific Crest & Tahoe to Yosemite Trails on the North side of Bensen Pass, by the compass.

Wilson Creek is crossed by the trail three times as it flows down a magnificant canyon, at the middle of which I spotted these little dudes and got them to settle down for a few pictures.

Trout fry in Wilson Creek. 

 Elevation: 9200 feet

Date: August 2, 2009.

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Endless Butterflies, Jack Main Canyon, Yosemite National Park

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Endless Butterflies
Hiking South of the Lake Vernon trail junction backpacking down Jack Main Canyon in the Northwest Yosemite backcountry I first came upon the temperate zone of lush vegetation supporting a splendid length of trail filled with endless butterflies.

Trail Guide Page
Tilden Canyon junction in Jack Main Canyon to Hetch Hetchy

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Orange and Black Butterfly, Field Crescent, High Sierra, Yosemite

High Sierra Butterflies

Field Crescent (?)

Backpacking the North Yosemite Backcountry

The combined Pacific Crest & Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route.

Field Crescent Butterfly encounterd backpacking North Yosemite on Pacific Crest Trail.

Location: Orange and Black butterfly on a Sandy Flat in temperate zone below South side of the Seavy Pass Bowl.

Elevation: 8200 feet.

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