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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Painted Skimmer, Dragonfly

Insect, Painted Skimmer, Yosemite National Park, Stubblefield Canyon

Backpacking, Insect, Painted Skimmer,Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail. Entering Stubblefield Canyon from the North. Monday July 26 2010.

Trail Guide: Wilmer Lake to Stubblefield Canyon

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Resource for rope and Knotwork: Stormdrane's Blog

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An important backpacking skill is the ability to make rope and cord serve your purpose. The ability to expertly hang food, lashing gear securely to your pack, and properly tie down your tent or tarp is very useful.

Oh, I've got another amazing use for rope skills: Check this out...

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Stubblefield Fish Video, Yosemite Backcountry, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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Short video of High Sierra trail conditions including Trout swimming at the confluence of Stubblefield and Thompson Canyons, September 2010. North of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite on the combined routes of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails.


Trail Guide Information

Stubblefield Canyon to Seavy Pass

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Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures

Ravenous foreign pests threaten national treasures,

Foreign pests are eating their way through our national forests, destroying majestic scenery and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

National Science Foundation


Public Release: 6-Dec-2010

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Shy trout size it up: Fish have personalities.

Shy trout size it up, University of Gothenburg, December 6, 2010.

"Personality is not just a feature unique to humans and pets. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) have revealed that also brown trout have individual characters and show different personalities."

Link: Shy Trout Size it Up.

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Trout, Tilden Lake, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Trout, Tilden Lake,  

Fish, Trout, Tilden Lake, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in Yosemite National Park

 Trout are badass MF's. They have attitudes that are mainly aggressive or fearful. They listen carefully for vibes through the water, and can see a long ways out of the water. That's why I always sneak up on water, and try to tread as lightly as possible.

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Purple, Brodiaea

Flower, Purple, High Sierra, Brodiaea, 5800 to 6000 feet, July.

Trail Guide Page: Granite Flat Campsite to Lower Summit City Creek ford. 

Flower, Purple, High Sierra, Brodiaea, 5800 to 6000 feet, July.

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Telephone Gulch to Campsite South of the Upper Ford Summit City Creek


South of Telephone Gulch 

Post your Comments, Questions, and Experiences about backpacking on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South from Telephone Gulch on Summit City Creek to this real nice campsite 1.3 miles South of the Upper Ford, and just a bit further South to the Campsite at the End of Summit City Canyon.

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Backpacking Summit City Creek: Granite Flat to the Lower Ford


Backpacking Summit City Creek: Upper Ford to the Lower Ford

Southbound on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail


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Backpacking Summit City Creek

 Summit City Creek: Questions, Comments, & Basic Information

This is the Backpacker's Comments and Questions Page for the Summit City Creek page of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Guide. Post your comments and questions through the link above or at the bottom of the page, if you have any. Or just say hey.

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Backpacking Fourth of July Lake

This is the Backpacker's Comments and Questions Page for the Tahoe to Whitney Fourth of July Lake Trail Guide Page.

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Backpacking Bear Encounter, Poison Flat, June 2, 2010

Bear Encounter, June 2, 2010.

Backpacking West across the broken snow and muck of Poison Flat (where it is, how to get there) towards the East Carson River, one could not help but notice the tremendous amount of bear tracks in the soft terrain.

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High Sierra Butterfly Encounter: Papilio eurymedon

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Bear Ridge, Sierra National Forest, John Muir Wilderness, John Muir Trail
August 2002-date not verified
Bear Ridge Butterfly, Papilio eurymedon, backpacking the John Muir Trail.

 Professor Shapiro on the above butterfly:  "Papilio eurymedon, a really frazzled old male. (Very widespread, sea level to 11,000'+.)"

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High Sierra Butterfly References and Resources: Dr Art Shapiro


For an excellent source of Sierra Butterfly information

see: Art Shapiro's Butterfly Site

especially the Butterfly Listing by Latin Name page, for pictures of Sierra Butterflies.

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High Sierra Backpacking Butterfly: Parnassius "phoebus" behrii, male

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Monday, August 24th, just South of Pinchot Pass, Kings Canyon National Park, 10,000 feet

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Big Sam Butterfly: common high-altitude checkerspot, Euphydryas editha, Edith's Checkerspot

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Euphydryas editha?

Thursday, July 30, 2009. North Side of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness, 9500 feet.

Elusive beauty on barren high elevation skree.

Common Checkerspot butterfly at 10,000 feet, Big Sam, backpacking Emigrant Wilderness.


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Your Take on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail between the Carson Gap and Lake Alpine

Welcome to the Tahoe to Whitney Backpacker Forums

You are on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Guide Forum between the Carson Gap and Lake Alpine.

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Backpacker and Wilderness News: Will 2010 be a Record Year for Climbing Deaths in the United States?

This story, from Stewart's Climbing Blog , warns us all about the volitile environment and conditions in the mountains.

This article refers to an important resource for all backcountry travelers: Accidents in North American Mountaineering.

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Backpacker News: Climber Falls Soloing in Boulder Canyon and Survives the Night Alone

This story, published on September 15 2010, though tragic, has lessons in it for all of us.

As a long time solo long distance backpacker this story has a message for me: Consider ALL of the objective danger before engaging a cross-country route, a river crossing, or explore a remote canyon off of the main trail route. 

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