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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.

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Highway 108 Trailheads

Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

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High Sierra guide books and Literature

This is the comments page of the High Sierra Books and Stories page of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide.

Have you any guide books to suggest? I break guide books into two basic types, being the Nature and Trail guides.

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Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass on the PCT

Post up your updates and information about the Pacific Crest Trail between Kennedy Canyon and Dorothy Lake Pass through the comments link below.

Post up a stand-alone article in this forum with images, maps, and videos.

Supplemental Information

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Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass

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Latopie Lake backpacking to Kennedy Canyon

This is the place for questions, comments, trip ideas and updates on the trails, terrain, and situation from Latopie Lake to the Kennedy Canyon trail junction.

Here's the guide information:

Trail guide
Latopie Lake to Kennedy Canyon

Sonora Pass to Kennedy Canyon

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First Peak: Dad brings Son up Leavitt Peak

Backpacking brings many trail encounters. This time I met a father bringing his son up Leavitt Peak on a long dayhike via the shortcut route.

Dad had broke in his son for the physical exertion through backpacking trips and the natural training that entails, and was now adding in challenging scrambles. Thus dad selected the shortcut route up Leavitt Peak, for the challenge.

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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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Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Loops and Trips

Medium and Long distance
Backpacking Loops
and trips
in the
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

This report on backpacking loops and trips around the Carson Iceberg Wilderness comes from the Tahoe to Yosemite section of the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide at the Jenkins Canyon trail junction alongside Highland Creek above Spicer Meadow Reservoir.

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Backpacking is Dangerous

Backpacking is Dangerous

Is backpacking dangerous?

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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.

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Boulder Creek junction to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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East Carson River, Boulder Creek

Interesting inclusions exposed on granite outcropping.

South of Northern Boulder Lake trail juction, North of the Southern unmarked junction to Boulder Lake.

Unique inclusions emerging from granite, Pacific Crest Trail.

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Boulder Lake junction to East Carson River

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Bear Sign: East Carson River is Bear Country

I've seen bears and bear sign here as long as I've been coming here.

Bear behavior has been on a long term trend of increasing familarity with humans, and increasing numbers for the past couple of decades.

Then Vic Bergstrom sold the Little Antelope Pack Station to Joe. Joe's opened up the bear hunting in the Eastern Sierra around the East Carson River. This has changed the trajectory of bear behavior as well as their distribution.

This is a general post about bear encounters on the trails and in the terrain around the upper reaches of the East Carson River.

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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?'


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

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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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Peter's Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report June 2014

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


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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Nothing is Waterproof


Not even rubber-coated nylon. Anyone who backpacks in rubber-coated fabrics know that the hiker's sweat inside the rubber is as wet as the rain outside. And much nastier...

The classic "breathable" waterproof/water resistant materials can be "waterproof" for up to three days. That's the longest I've ever gotten any "dry" conditions to last. After three days in driving rain everything is wet. Everything.

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Eastern Route to Round Top Lake via Carson Pass and Winnemucca Lake

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This Eastern route is the longest of our three possible routes between our Southbound exit from the Lake Tahoe Basin through Carson Gap  to the single track of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route South of Round Top Lake. 

This is the forum page for our questions, comments, supplemental information and updates, and most importantly your experience and advice about this particular route.

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Janice "Pepperoni" Raddatz and Harmony near Meiss Meadow

July 16, 2009.

Encounter with Janice "Pepperoni" Radditz and her fine horse, Harmony.

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