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Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking: Crabtree to Gem Lake, Deer Lake, and More sticky icon

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

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INDEX
Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Maps
PCT & TYT

 

Trailhead 
Emigrant Wilderness Trailheads NF PDF

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Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

Insect Identification

Latest All Bug News

 

BEE NEWS

THE BUZZ

Updated

 July 3, 2018

BEE NEWS

Manzanita Bee in Trouble

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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources sticky icon

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

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High Sierra Geology Introductory Texts, Links, & Resources

On the Trail Guide

Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.

 

Volcanic Tomb for a Granite Range.
We observe the slow reemergence of ancient hard granites as thousands of years of erosion scour the soft volcanic material off the buried High Sierra granite landscapes underneath.

 

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High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information

SUMMER
2018
High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

High Sierra & Major California Fires

FERGUSON FIRE, Feds, Mariposa

CARR FIRE, Calfire, Shasta

New, Troubling Fire in the High Sierra:
DONNELL FIRE, Feds, Stanislaus NF

More Info
DONNELL FIRE

Largest Fire in State History
MENDO FIRE, Feds, Clearlake

 

Controlled
CRANSTON FIRE
, Feds, San Berdo

 

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

All Federal
Managed Fires
Parks, Forests, and Lands

INCIWEB 

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Snags: Camp, Trail, Cross Country and River Crossing

 

Mountain Safety

Snags

June 2018
The High Sierra Tree Mortality situation induces me to repost this at the top of the list as Summer Backpacking season gets started. Snags are presenting heightened dangers this year, as is the related threat of fire.

 

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Mosquitoes and Seasonal Temperature Shifts: Backpacking the High Sierra.

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  Backpacking the High Sierras 

MOSQUITO NEWS 

 

2017-2018 News of Note
1> NEW PLAYERS on the FIELD
2> DEET FAILING

 

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Carol Crooker Trip Report Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.

Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
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Where I Belong - by Richard Persike

  Where I Belong

A Poem by Richard Persike

 

As the sun sinks in the west and the light fades in the sky

I can see the crimson clouds reflected in your eyes

I can feel a warm breeze blowin, a tingle on my face

I can hear the water flowin, I'm happy in this place

 

Crickets sing in harmony, like music to my ears

It provides distraction to my mind, all my hopes and fears

Coyotes howling far away, a hawk soars up above

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Gaiters: Members Favorites for High Sierra Backpackers

 Members Favorites

Gaiters

Reaper            Dirty Girl Gaiters

Run gaiters during Summer? Or just when it's snowy or wet? Tell us about your best gaiters.

 

High Sierra Backpacking Gear List

Backpacker's Gear: Gaiters

 

 

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Cookware and Utensils: Backpackers Favorites for High Sierra Travel

Members Favorites

 

Backpacking
Cookware and Utensils

Having the best, simplest setup that serves our food and camp beverage needs keeps everything simple and light.

 

CLASSICS

Surfbum                   Spork 

 

PRIMUS

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Flashlight and Headlamps: Members Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

Headlamps and Flashlights 

 Reliable light at night is vital on the trail.

 

leesonza               flashlight

 

AlexW                      Princeton Tech

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Upper Body Insulation & Layering: Members Favorite for High Sierra Backpacking

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Upper Body Insulation for High Sierra Backpackers

Proper layering to remain comfortable on the trail and camp is vital for High Sierra backpackers. Each hiker being different requires different combos of base and insulation layers. Though each hiker is unique, our range of selections to choose from is not.

It behooves us to get the best materials in the proper quanities and combinations to meet our needs for warmth in camp and on the trail.

 

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New Unmaintained Section of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South of North Fork of the Stanislaus River

We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound  climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.

We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:

 

We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.

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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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January and February 2016 Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open?

Start the Heart of Winter
 Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
                Feb 18, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

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Jan 1, 2016 Backpacker Alert: Tracking Opening of 2016 Backpacking

Hey Hikers,

Happy New Year.

With the advent of the new year many of our thoughts are turning towards planning Summertime backpacking trips.

Just when Summertime conditions emerge along the Sierra Crest is of great importance to large numbers of John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail hikers.

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Winter to Spring to Summer 2015-16: Depths of Drought to Depths of Flooding?

December 11 2015

Our goal here is to track each stage of the Fall-Winter-Spring transition to Summer conditions. Our main goal is to determine when trails will open to Summer conditions.

As Fall comes to a close certain patterns have manifested themselves. These have set the stage for the advent of Winter. We've seen that the remnants, the tail ends of the tropical fronts hitting the Sierra have put a reasonable Fall coat of snow on the Sierra.

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