Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers sharing info about hiking the Sierra between Tahoe and Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  

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Meiss Country Roadless Area Winter-Snow Backpacking

 The Meiss Roadless Area is an excellent Winter Wonderland for the Winter backpacker.

Meiss Country offers a range of difficulties for Winter Travel, from easy day hikes to multi-night navigation challenges.

Thus it makes a good place to transition from a fair weather to a Winter Backpacker. I think it's best to start learning snow skills in late Spring when the chances of harsh Winter storms decrease, temps rise, and the Winter experience is softening.

We move earlier into Spring towards Winter conditions as our skills and experience develope.

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Echo Summit Trailhead

This is your page to add your insight and information about the Echo Summit Trailhead, and to leave your questions or comments about the trail South along the TYT-PCT from Echo Summit past the Adventure Mountain kid's/family ski area  to the Frog Pond Loop.


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High Sierra Backpacking Weather Information, Application, and Resources

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There are three types of High Sierra Backpacking Weather assets: Good Information, Proper application of that information, and your resources and experiences.

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Heading Past Vidette Peak, Fully Loaded

Fully Loaded. Heading up to Forester Pass after cresting Glenn Pass earlier in the day.  Made it from Rae Lakes over Glenn Pass, a short side trip up to the stunning hanging canyon that holds the Lake of the Golden Bear, then hiked up to the big flat shoulder on the North side of Forester Pass that sits below the last monster climb up to the Pass. A delightful day.

Heading Past Vidette Peak, Fully Loaded
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Highway 50 and the Pacific Crest Trail

 Tahoe to Yosemite Trail---Pacific Crest Trail---Tahoe Rim Trail

From Velma Lakes to Meiss Cabin we are hiking three trails

Getting to Echo Summit 

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Echo Lake: Exiting the Desolation Wilderness, through Echo Chalet to Echo Summit

This is the questions, comments, and additional experiences page for the Echo Lake pages of the Tahoe to Whitney backpacker trail guide. Links to the trail guide with maps, mileages, and trail information are at the bottom of this page.

Post up your favorite backpacking trip pushing into the South end of Desolation Wilderness. Do you suggest taking the ferry? Do you hike the trail in and out?

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Desolation Wilderness: 10 trail junctions south of Lake Aloha

The Tamarack Trail junction South of Lake Aloha marks the first of 10 main trail junctions between here and the Boat Taxi Dock on Lower Echo Lake backpacking out of the South end of Desolation Wilderness.

But don't worry too much, as it is fairly clear from the signs, the elevation drop, and the direction which trail is the Southbound Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail to the Echo Lake trailhead.

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Aloha Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Backpacking Tahoe Yosemite Trail

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This is the questions, comments, and additional experiences page for the Lake Aloha pages of the Tahoe to Whitney backpacker trail guide.

Lake Aloha is a beautiful and popular place. Share your favorite backpacking trips, loops, campsites, and experiences here to inform and direct other backpackers.

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Susie and Heather Lakes, Desolation Wilderness, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

This is the questions, comments, and additional experiences page for the Susie Lake and Heather Lake page of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail guide.

Register to post pictures and videos of your experiences here, or post text comments.

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Trail View: Stony Ridge Lake to Rubicon Lake

This little topic entry is thrown here, outside of the trail sequence order, but a word has to be said about the trails we take to backpack through the High Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. So here it goes!

With no particular named features to describe, the trail itself  between Stony Ridge Lake and Rubicon Lake on the Desolation trail is notable, nonetheless. As are many of the trails we are going to encounter between here and the Mount Whitney Portal.

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Anatomy of a Snow Trip: 1-10-2010

Going Crazy working on a backpacking guide. Need to Backpack. I made a small amount of money. I have an REI voucher from the refund from all of their equipment I completely trashed this last Summer.

Money and a voucher? It's too much to handle. I can't help but begin to put together a late-January snow shoe backpacking trip out of the Tahoe Basin.

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Tahoe to Yosemite Trail: Desolation Trail from Meeks Bay to Pacific Crest Trail junction near Middle Velma Lake

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The start point of the Tahoe to Yosemite Backpacking Trail is at Meeks Bay.

This is also the Start Point for this Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide.

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Desolation Trail, The Meeks Bay Trailhead.

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Site Update Information

January 19, 2010

Hey Hikers!

Welcome to Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. This backpacker forum is now officially open for business. There are as many routes and experiences in the High Sierras as there are people who hike there. This site is designed to gather and provide information on every type of High Sierra backcountry visitor and traveler. 

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John Muir Wilderness Boundary, Goodale Pass to Vermillion Valley Resort

The Back way into Vermilion Valley Resort through Fish Valley...

John Muir Wilderness Boundary North of Vermilion to Goodale Pass.

I had to turn around to take this picture, because I was coming down from Goodale Pass out of the John Muir Wilderness to visit Vermillion Valley Resort, which sits a couple of miles past the Wilderness boundary. Heck, I had been off of the John Muir Trail for three days, doing my own custom route.

Vermillion Valley Resort

A few miles after passing out of the John Muir Wilderness (see entry above) into its parent National Forest, Sierra, you will hit the trail head, a dirt road by two campgrounds, and come upon this sign:

Vermilion Valley Resort's road sign. 

You have reached backpacker disney land, Vermillion Valley Resort.

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Vermillion Valley Resort ferry pick-up point at Mono Creek on Lake Thomas Edison

Departing Vermillion Valley Resort by Ferry to spur trail at end of Lake Thomas Edison leading to John Muir Trail.




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Below: John Muir Trailers will see this sign when they arrive at the ferry pick-up point.



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Coyotes encountered backpacking in the High Sierras, June 9, '09, snow & ice

 Coyote encounters in the Wild? If you've observed coyote in the wild, you can relate your experience, post pictures, and videos through the Coyote section of the Living Things forum.

Coyotes encountered backpacking in the High Sierras, June 9, '09, snow & ice
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Tahoe to Whitney Backpacker's Forum Site Features, Point, and Purpose.

These Tahoe to Whitney Trails Forums are for backpacker feedback, trail condition updates, trip reports, and your insights about every location from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney along the High Sierra Crestline covered by the trail guide.

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Trail Notes Test: Google Maps embed

 Hey Kids!

With this upgrade the Tahoe to Whitney site now supports content with Google Maps, UTube videos, hiker uploaded images, and any pages you have authored or commented on can inform you by email when it is commented on. And site development is barely half-way done!


Stay tuned for upgrades to the hiker's account page, offering a wide range of helpful links for the four-season high altitude traveler. And there's more!


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The Echo Summit Trail head tour with Alex and Randy 

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