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Grizzly Peak sunset, High Emigrant Wilderness, 2013.
Sunset lights up tropical clouds climbing Eastern flank of Sierra beyond Grizzly Peak, Emigrant Wilderness, June 28 2013.

HIGH SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS TRAIL GUIDE

Summer 2014
Backpacking Season

LETS EXPLORE
THE
HIGH SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAIN RANGE

Backpacking Trail Guide Under Construction

On the Trail Guide
<Note! This is a draft edition of half of a trail guide in progress...>

Trail Guide Backpacking Maps Distances Administration
Trail Crest, Mount Whitney. High Sierra backpacking maps. High Sierra miles and elevations. High Sierra Backpacking Permits.
Text, Images and Videos 30 and 15 min USGS maps TYT and PCT High Sierra National Forests

Trail Guide

Detailed descriptions, maps, miles and elevations information helps us plan our trip and obtain our permit.


Trail Support

Resupply information, trail skills, four season gear and food tips to help keep us healthy and happy down the trail.

High Sierra Resupply Tips for Camp and Trail Four Season Gear List Food Plan
High Sierra Backpacking Resupply. Backpacking Skills and Knowledge. High Sierra Backpacking Gear. High Sierra Backpacking Food.
How, Where, and When Campsite Comfort Be Ready Be Well Nourished

High Sierra Backpacking Maps

Dicks and Fontanillis Lakes Meiss Cabin Round Top Lake Summit City Canyon
Desolation Wilderness backpacking map. Meiss Country Roadless Area backpacking map. Carson Pass Management Area map. Mokelumne Wilderness backpacking map.
TYT, PCT, and TRT TYT, PCT, and TRT TYT TYT

East Carson Canyon North face Leavitt Massif High Emigrant Meadow Mountains above Glen Aulin
Carson Iceberg Wilderness backpacking map. Sonora Pass region backpacking map. Emigrant Wilderness backpacking map. North Yosemite backpacking map.
PCT PCT TYT PCT & TYT

NORTH
High Sierra
at our
Fingertips

Black-Dotted trail routes on 30 minute maps of North Sierra click to detailed maps.

All red dots on the maps click to that location on the trail guide.

Central Yosemite and the Southern Sierra along the JMT and PCT Coming Soon!

On the Forum

Backpacking
Trails and Topics

Accompanying the trail guide is a comprehensive Trails & Topics Forum.

Each High Sierra trail and every backpacking topic is open to wide interpretation.

Share your unique perspective and experiences!

No or little experience?
Good Questions educate everyone!

All Trails It's Alive! Gear is Life Warm and Dry
High Sierra Backpacking Trails Forum. Living things forum. Backpacking Gear Forum. Mountain Safety Forum.
Questions-Comments-Info Record of Encounters Share your life Experiences Think! Then Think Again!

Context and Meaning Echos of the Past Many ways to Love the Sierra Endless Reflections of Beauty
High Sierra Navigation. High Sierra Nevada History. High Sierra Nevada trail culture forum. High Sierra Nevada Arts and Letters Forum.
Finding Ourselves A Long Trail Enjoy them All Eye of the Beholder

VIDEO RESOURCES
for the
NORTH SIERRA

Video Playlist
Meeks Bay to Pacific Crest Trail
Desolation Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Pacific Crest Trail to Echo Lake
PCT & TYT Desolation Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Echo Summit to Carson Gap
PCT & TYT Meiss Country Roadless Area

 

Video Playlist
Carson Gap to Lake Alpine
TYT Mokelumne Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass
PCT Mokelumne Wilderness

New!
Check out the Tahoe to Whitney

2014 High Sierra
Backpacking Calendar

 

Tahoe to Whitney
on
Youtube

See the complete North Sierra Collection through the link above.

I've hundreds of South Sierra Videos yet to come, after I finish editing the North Sierra guide. Then I'll begin building the guide South to Mount Whitney!

The videos are made to compliment the guide.

The first time I hiked South to the Whitney Portal was in 1998. I started shooting digital during 2009.

Honestly, I can't wait to begin the guide South from Tuolumne Meadows! I've shot hundreds of hours of film, and thousands of photos, and written endless notes and journals.

Video Playlist
Lake Alpine to Saint Marys Pass
TYT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Ebbetts Pass to Sonora Pass
PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass
TYT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Sonora Pass to Dorothy Lake Pass
PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Video Playlist
Jack Main Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows
TYT &PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Early March 2014 Update

FIRE REPORTS

Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Information

Last: North Sierra hiking clear of smoke from the Rim Fire, Heavy Smoke Conditions that made hiking hazardous have cleared. Full outdoor activity in Sierra areas affected again possible.

 

 

High Sierra Backpacking Forums

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To Share your Knowledge, Insight, and Love of the High Sierra Nevada Mountains

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The Two Main EARLY 2014 Stories-Questions

ANSWERED
June 5

How are the early season weather and temp conditions progressing into Spring Conditions along the High Trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney in early 2014?

ANSWER (June 5): Incredibly early Summer Conditions.

Second, and related to the above question, is "when can PCTers expect to depart Mexico to arrive at the South Sierra with open trails?"

ANSWER: (June 5): I believe the highest percentage of PCT hikers ever will complete it. I don't know the date, but average PCT hikers can hit the South Sierra during mid May and expect to pass the South Sierra.
INCREDIBLE!

As Spring progress we will monitor evolving weather conditions to answer these questions.

ANSWER
Never have I seen such early and dry conditions.

* * *

High Sierra Conditions Reports

Summer is Here!

All Sierra Weather
Forecasts, Satellites, Radar, snowpack, real-time temps.

Yesterday is Tomorrow
But it's you on the trail!

2013 Trail Culture
&
PCT Hiker Sample
(2010 report)

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Conditions
Summit City Creek               Saint Marys Pass

 

Early October 2013 Update

FIRE REPORTS

CalFire Incidents

Rim Fire

YubaNet Fire Reports

Today huge chunks of forest and habitat used by nature and man are at risk and much already burned. Much econ damage to North Sierra folks who rely on Summer backpackers-visitors as well as threatening their homes and animals.

 

Fall 2013 Backpacking Season
Is in Full Swing

October 4: Just returned from 15 days of Sierra Hiking across Mokelumne Wilderness and Yosemite from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley.

Quick Conditions Report

Temps: Cold, 17 to 24 degree evenings.

Weather: 3 days high winds and snow, 1 afternoon T-storm, and cool daytime temps from mid 40s to low 50s

Fords: low and slow

Passes: Open

Mosquitoes: None.

See the
Four Season Gear List

And the
High Sierra Backpacker Weather

A little bit of High Sierra Backpacking Heaven on the Web

Information-Instruction

Trail Skills

Weather

History Forum

Historical Monuments

Mark Twain

Logistics

Five Day Food Supply

Trip Planning Considerations

Links
More information

 

 

Introduction
Who is doing this and what it's about.

Me

About the Guide

Status of the Guide

About Me, Alex.

You

ALL
Backpackers, Day Hikers, Trail Crew, Peak Baggers, Cowboys, Runners, Hunters, and Fisherfolk of all ages, sexes, and backgrounds ALL
Welcome

Translate

 

AL SEASONAL NOTE

As longer days and incredibly hot conditions bring Spring temps up, it's time for Summertime backpackers to check the gear, terrain, and weather for the upcoming backpacking season.

Summer and PCT hikers are also monitoring weather, trail, and fording conditions, but to determine when conditions will permit Summer hiking.

It's ON!

Above we find links to help High Sierra Summer hikers, JMT hikers, and PCT Section hikers monitor evolving conditions, and below we have much information to help backpackers plan Summer backpacking trips in the High Sierra.

 

 

Backpacking

Information

on the

Backpacker's Forum
The Forum organizes High Sierra Backpacking by TOPIC.

High Sierra

Weather

All Sierra Weather
Forecasts, Satellites, Radar, snowpack, real-time temps.

When will the Sierra Trails Open in 2013?

Trail Guide Weather
Local Weather resources for each hiking area.

Backpacker's News and Notes

NEWS TOPICS AND EVENTS OF INTEREST NOTES

July 2013

Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass Open

Hwy 108 Sonora Pass Open

Hwy 120 Tioga Pass Open

(Historic early pass openings)

July Conditions On the Trails

Passes Clear

Fords at Knee Level and running slow

All News: See the Forum

CalFire
Incident Information

FIRE
August 2013
Rim fire burning Northwest Yosemite and Stanislaus National Forest

FIRE
August 2013
American Fire
burning 17 miles West of West shore of Lake Tahoe

INFORMATION
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

HOT TOPIC
Mosquitoes

First Note:
This Trail Guide is Under ACTIVE Construction.

 

Note:
Read the Site Use Terms and Safety Disclaimer.

Nature Freaking Out

Land O' Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape, Spiegel, April 26 2013

2013 Wintertime Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Fifth Lowest on Record, Nasa, Videos+article, 4-3-13

Arctic goes green because of global warming, Daily Mail, 3-11-2013


HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKING

 

Trip Ideas

Trailhead to Trailhead
between

Resupply Points

"SECTION HIKING"
the
North Sierra Nevada

 
 

Two Routes
from
Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows

The Pacific Crest Trail
and
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Backpacking
TYT & PCT

West Lake Tahoe Basin

across
Desolation Wilderness

BIG Desolation MAP

Meeks Bay
to

Echo Lake

PCT & TYT

28.71 miles

Notes
Hike 11 miles SW to PCT from Meeks Bay to follow unified PCT-TYT trail South through the heart of Desolation Wilderness.


West Shore trailheads between Meeks, South to Fallen Leaf Lake, creates lots of short sweet backpacking trips out of either Meeks Bay or Echo Lake.
Busiest Wilderness in America.

Highway 89 Trailhead to Highway 50.

 

 

 

South of Desolation Wilderness,
still in the
Tahoe Basin:

 

Backpacking
TYT & PCT

Southwest Lake Tahoe Basin

across
Meiss Country

Meiss Country Roadless Area

BIG MAP

PCT & TYT

Echo Summit
to

Carson Pass

12 miles

Notes
TYT and PCT remain unified across MCRA until we exit the Lake Tahoe Basin.


For local hikers, trailheads ring this small triangular area located in the SW corner of the Tahoe Basin.

Trailheads on Highways 50, 89, and 88.

 

Pacific Crest Trail
Backpacking

Mokelumne Wilderness

BIG Mokelumne MAP

Carson Pass
to
Ebbetts Pass

PCT

Eastern
Mokelumne Wilderness

27.88 miles

Notes
At Carson Pass the PCT and TYT split, with the PCT following the East flank of the Sierra Nevada South.


We have one trail connecting the PCT and TYT South of the trail to Summit City Creek from Forrestdale Divide (South of Carson Pass), South to Ebbetts Pass.

But the trail from Blue Lakes to Summit City Creek does not offer a substantially different route connecting the PCT to the TYT than the trail from Forestdale Divide.

Highway 88 Trailhead to Highway 4.

 

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Backpacking
Mokelumne Wilderness

Carson Gap
to
Lake Alpine

TYT

Western
Mokelumne Wilderness

21.15 miles

Notes
The TYT swings into the remote West Sierra Flank and across a lengthy section of unmaintained trail.

No optional trails run around this rough section of the TYT, short of hiking the PCT route.

No trails connect the PCT and TYT South of the Summit City Creek trail junction below Fourth of July Lake.

Crosses Highway 88 W of Carson Pass to Highway 4.

 

Pacific Crest Trail
Backpacking
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

BIG Carson Iceberg MAP

Ebbetts Pass
to
Sonora Pass

PCT

Eastern
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

29.44 miles

Notes
The PCT remains (mostly) on the East flank, above or along the stunning terrain of the East Carson River for a significant length of this section.


The PCT and TYT routes are connected by four trails across the Carson Iceberg.

This creates optimal conditions for great hiking loops around the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Highway 4 Trailhead to Highway 108.

 

 

 

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Backpacking
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Lake Alpine
to
Saint Marys Pass

TYT

Western
Carson Iceberg Wilderness

34.28 miles

Notes
The TYT traces its way across West flank canyons, climbing through another lengthy unmaintained section of trail approaching Saint Marys Pass.

We have many trail options bringing us up to the PCT to hike around this unmaintained section of the TYT.

Highway 4 Trailhead to Highway 108.


More information Coming Soon
As soon as I build more trail guide !!

 

Pacific Crest Trail
Backpacking
Emigrant Wilderness

BIG Emigrant MAP

Sonora Pass
to
South Bond Pass Trail Junction

PCT

Eastern Boundary
of
Emigrant Wilderness

19.22 miles

Notes
Though we stay on the Eastern Sierra Flank, our trip options really open up in the High Emigrant Wilderness.

Highway 108


Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Backpacking
Emigrant Wilderness

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station
to
South Bond Pass Trail Junction

Northwestern
Emigrant Wilderness

16.91 miles

Notes
Hiking up West Flank to hub of trails at Grizzly Peak opens up trails in all directions.

Yosemite to SE, great granite canyons of Emigrant rolling to our SW, KM back to the NW, Sonora Pass directly to our North, and the West Walker in the Toiyabe to our NE. Wow.

Highway 108


North Yosemite Backcountry
Backpacking

Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails

South Bond Pass Trail Junction
to
Tuolumne Meadows

54.58 miles

Notes
The PCT finally crosses onto the Western Sierra Flank at the top of Jack Main Canyon to join the TYT for the rest of the hike to Tuolumne, with the short exception of the TYT route variation past Tilden Lake.

The PCT will stay on the West Flank until we pop over to the East side crossing Southbound out of Yosemite through Donohue Pass.

Highways 108, 395, and 120

 

HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKING

FEATURES

VIDEOS

Information

Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Videos

Currently there are 159 videos supplementing the trail guide arranged in 8 playlists covering each completed section of the trail guide.

Latest
Backpacking Video
North Yosemite Backcountry: Into Kerrick Canyon

 

Playlists
Tahoe to Whitney trail sections by Video

 

All Backpacking Videos

 

 

Seasonal Information

2013 Report

 

 

Logistics

Five Day Food Supply

Trip Planning Considerations

 

GALLERY

Inspiration

DAVID MAXIM

Tahoe to Whitney is proud to feature
David Maxim High Sierra Watercolors

Dinkey Lakes High Sierra Watercolor by David Maxim.

David's works capture the both the spirit of the Sierra and its hikers.

David Maxim Backpacker                David Maxim Artist

GEAR

Innovation

Camp Comfort

Water System Innovation

TW Members George and Sue evolved the efficient jug water system into a new role as a fine camp shower.

Backpacking water system with shower.

G & S have brought me to a new level of Sanitation and Luxury on the Trail.

Check out the Video

 

HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKING

FEATURES

 

Members
Love you guys...

A Vortex of Backpacking Experience and Knowledge.

Information, Insight, and Intelligence
Engaged with Nature and Man

Hello!

As you can see, I am rolling out a new home page design.

 

Have patience, it will be done soon.

Al

Contact: Alex Wierbinski

Spring Snow Camping
Spring is in full swing

See the
High Sierra Snow Camping Forum

And the
Four Season Gear List

 

HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKING

Latest TAHOE TO WHITNEY

VIDEOS

NORTH YOSEMITE BACKCOUNTRY

Hiking the North Yosemite Backcountry on the combined TYT-PCT routes.

SEE LARGE VIDEO ON TRAIL GUIDE PAGE

Trail Guide Under Construction

Tahoe to Whitney on YouTube

Trail Guide Construction Information

The Trail Guide currently covers the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from Meeks Bay along with the Pacific Crest Trail route from the North end of Desolation Wilderness at Lake Tahoe Southbound down to the Kerrick Canyon ford in the North Yosemite Backcountry.

To the Left and Right are a couple of the latest videos of this area, and below links to the relevant maps, miles, and trail guide pages on the leading edge of site construction.


Stubblefield Canyon to Seavy Pass

Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows miles

Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake map
Click Red and Black dots on map for more information.

The short but steep drop into Kerrick Canyon.

SEE LARGE VIDEO ON TRAIL GUIDE PAGE

Stubblefield Canyon climbing South to top of ridge.

South from top of ridge between Stubblefield and Kerrick Canyons down to the Kerrick Canyon ford.

 

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Analytical Survival's approach translates your backpacking gear and skills into an emergency setup within a framework of intelligent emergency planning and preparation.

Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney

Your Guide to the Pacific Crest, Tahoe to Yosemite, and John Muir Trails across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains