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Notes and Introduction to the Tahoe to Whitney Trail

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 09 April 2013


The North end of this trail guide begins at Meeks Bay along the beautiful Western Shore of Lake Tahoe with the start of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

11 miles East of Meeks Bay the TYT merges with the Pacific Crest Trail for the next 42 miles of backpacking South across the Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Country Roadless Area. 

These routes split exiting the Tahoe Basin. The PCT follows the Eastern Flank of the Sierra to Ebbetts Pass, while the TYT crosses the West flank to Lake Alpine.

The trail guide and its associated forum follow both routes South to Tuolumne Meadows.

From Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite the guide and forum follow the John Muir Trail backwards down to Yosemite Valley, while also following the Pacific Crest and John Muir routes South to Reds Meadow Pack Station in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

For those of us hiking Tahoe to Whitney South through the Yosemite Valley we cover the trail up the Merced River over Voglesang Pass to rejoin the John Muir-Pacific Crest Trail routes in Lyell Canyon. Yes, you can do it all...

From Reds Meadow Pack Station our guide again splits, one branch following the standard PCT-JMT route to Mono Creek access to Vermilion Valley Resort, while the other route walks into VVR via Horse Creek and Goodale Pass.

South of VVR our trail guide follows the classic combined PCT-JMT South to the Whitney Portal, but we stop to explore Darwin Bench, local climbs in Evolution Basin, and take a look at the Ionian and Center Basins while we hike South.

The trail guide is my take on the trails and terrain, while this forum is for your stories and experiences.

 If I am doing this correctly, this forum, and the way it is linked to the trail guide, will allow you to comment on, correct, update, and add your take on every inch of the trail I cover in the trail guide.

And here on the forum you will be able to add you own trips in the various Wilderness Areas and Forests this guide covers that are off of the main TYT, PCT, and JMT that are the subjects of this guide, which is the trails that carry us from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.

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