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Sayles Canyon Snow Travel | High Sierra Backpacker

Sayles Canyon Snow Travel


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 February 2012

Winter Hiking

Highway 50 into the Tahoe Basin via Sayles Canyon & Ridge

A Great Day Hike

Hikers: Bill Finstad & Family.

Location: Between Highway 50 and the Pacific Crest Trail at Sayles Canyon.

Trailhead: Sayles Canyon Trail, .5 mile East of Camp Sacramento.

Goal: Top of Sayles Ridge between Highway 50 and the Tahoe Basin.

Date:

Distance: 4.26 from Sayles Trailhead on Highway 50 to Sayles trail junction with TYT-PCT-TRT on Tahoe Rim. 8.52 miles round Trip.

Weather:

Introduction

Sayles Canyon cuts into the Southwestern section of the ring of Sierra Nevada Mountains that make up this section of the Lake Tahoe Rim. Sayles Canyon is an access point into the Southwestern Lake Tahoe Basin.

Driving up Highway 50 Sayles Canyon can be seen to our Right about a half-mile East of Camp Sacramento.

This canyon contains two Summertime trail routes that cross over into the Lake Tahoe Basin and intersect with the combined route of the Pacific Crest, Tahoe to Yosemite, and Tahoe Rim Trails almost exactly half-way between Echo Summit and Showers Lake.

Note: Always check weather and snow conditions prior to departing. Always have the proper gear. Always inform others of your trip plan and time of return.

Ms. Finstad and the route above Highway 50.

 Above: Ms. Finstad and the route above Highway 50.

The beauty and joy of mountain travel in snow is amazing.

Above: The beauty and joy of mountain travel in snow is amazingly refreshing.

Breaking trail, Sayles Ridge.

Above: Breaking trail. It's nice to trade-off the lead position. 

Snow travel skills and dangers!

Above: Snow travel skills and dangers! Crossing Sayles Creek at its junction with the access road.

Lower down the mountain the Silver Fork of the American River offers different wilderness pleasures!

Above: Lower down the mountain the Silver Fork of the American River offers different wilderness pleasures! A most peaceful place to enjoy a good book.

Lobster tails refresh and restore after Spring snow hiking in the Sierra Nevada.

Above: Once home, one must recharge. Even lobster tails taste better after a snowy mountain hike.

Information

The Nearest Trail Guide Page: Sayles Canyon trail junction with the PCT in the Tahoe Basin.

30 minute topo hiking map: Sayles Canyon to PCT.

Related Forum: Sayles Canyon.
 

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