May 2019 TYT UPDATE: Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Closure Requires TYT Hikers Detour across Carson Iceberg Wilderness

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 30 May 2019


Tahoe to Yosemite Trail


2019 Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
As of
May 23, 2019

Critical Stanislaus National Forest Donnell Fire Closure Order No. STF-16-2019-09,


The TYT is closed from just above Arnot Creek South to Clarks Fork Meadow.


TYT Closure-Detour
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The South end of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is closed through the Carson Iceberg Wilderness, forcing prospective TYT hikers to detour up to the PCT via Highland Creek, to Highland Lakes, to connect with the PCT at Wolf Creek Pass, to then follow the PCT route South around the closed portions of the TYT through Carson Iceberg, to Sonora Pass, before resuming the route of the TYT South from Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

Closing the Best Segments of the TYT
This closure covers the whole extent of the Southern Unmaintained Trail Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, which begins, roughly, during non-closed years, at the unmarked trail junction for Eureka Valley (trail guide) along the TYT just South of Boulder Creek, with the unmaintained segment running up along the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River through Clarks Fork Meadow up to Saint Marys Pass. The maintained route of the TYT is closed at least 13 miles North of this Eureka Valley junction, and another three miles South of this junction, up to the North End of Clarks Fork Meadow.

This effectively closes the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Less Exciting?
The elimination of this excellent segment of route-finding along the TYT from the Eureka Valley trail junction up to Saint Marys Pass, and its replacement by detouring up to the PCT, for a run down the PCT through this Southern Section of the Carson Iceberg, makes this section much less exciting!

Upper East Fork of the Carson River
But, we will get to see the stunning upper segments of the East Carson River's amazing granite cliffs emerging out of eroding volcanic materials below the headwaters bowl along the PCT...

The Carson Iceberg Wilderness TYT-PCT Backpacker's Map

The TYT across the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

The PCT across the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

The Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Route
TYT Carson Iceberg Wilderness Miles and Elevations

Clarks Fork Road Closed
Not just the TYT is closed. All the trails from Clarks Fork Road up Arnot, Disaster, and Boulder Creeks are CLOSED.

The route of the TYT is CLOSED from above Arnot Creek, South along its whole length through Clarks Fork Road up to Clarks Fork Meadow, including the Arnot, Disaster, and Boulder Creek trailheads and trails running North up to the PCT.

One TYT-PCT Link
It looks like only the semi-unmaintained route up Highland Creek connecting the TYT with the PCT is currently open.

Detour up to the PCT
Trail Guide Pages
We've got to break to the North off of the route of the TYT to follow the faint unmaintained trail up from the bottom of Jenkins Canyon up to Highland Lakes via Highland Creek, up to where we can cross Gardiner Meadow on our way to the Southbound PCT at Wolf Creek Pass.


Original Publications
Why We Are Talking About This...
2019 Carson Iceberg Wilderness Closures due to Donnell Fire of 2018.


The Northern Unmaintained Section
Mokelumne Wilderness
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The other unmaintained segement along our hike down the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is located in the Mokelumne Wilderness to the North of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. We find our first segment of route-finding through Summit City Creek, which we drop into after hiking over, and to the South of Round Top and the Sisters, running South down through Summit City Creek's stunning granite canyon, until it empties into the even grander Canyon of the North Fork of the Mokelumne, in which we find our way down to Camp Irene along this sweet unmaintained route, which maybe extends down through, and then all the way up the canyon wall on the other side of the river to Lake Valley, depending on the level of recent trail maintenance activity, before we cross Reba to begin our descent down to Lake Alpine along this length of well-mainatined trails.



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