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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.

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Winter 2015-16
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Tahoe to Whitney
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Detailed descriptions, maps, miles and elevations information along the Sierra Crest from Tahoe to Whitney helps us plan our trip and obtain our permit.

 


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Resupply information, trail skills, four season gear and food tips all help keep us healthy and happy down the Sierra Crestline Trails.

High Sierra Backpacker
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North Sierra

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

East Carson River North Face
Leavitt Massif
High Emigrant
Basin
Mountains above
Glen Aulin
Carson Iceberg Wilderness backpacking map. Sonora Pass region backpacking map. Emigrant Wilderness backpacking map. North Yosemite backpacking map.
East Carson Iceberg Wilderness
PCT
Highway 108 Corridor
PCT-TYT
Central Emigrant to Yosemite
PCT & TYT
PCT & TYT

NORTH
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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.


High Sierra
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Central
and South Sierra
Mount Florence Banner Peak Silver Divide Guitar Lake
Mount Florence in Yosemite Backcountry. Banner Peak Graveyard Peak across Virginia Lake and Fish Valley. Guitar Lake below West flank of Mount Whitney.
JMT & PCT
across
Yosemite
JMT & PCT
Tuolumne Meadows
to
Reds Meadow
JMT & PCT
Red Meadow
to
Vermilion Valley
JMT & PCT
Muir Ranch
to the
Whitney Portal

Central
and
South
High Sierra
Maps

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HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKER
NEWS-EVENTS-STATUS

RESOURCES

of the
HIGH SIERRA

Current Information to Supplement the Trail Guide

THE LATEST
2016 WINTER SEASON OPERATING WELL
TRACKING THE WINTER TO SPRING to SUMMER TRANSITION:
When Will the High Sierra Trails Open for Summer Backpacking?

2016 Season
Tracking, Preview and Prognostication

Trail Guide
&
High Sierra Backpacking
Trails and Topics
Status
Report

Progress of this Project

February 2016

NEW GUIDE CONTENT

Tahoe to Yosemite
Introduction
  Tahoe to Whitney
Introduction

Introduction
Backpacking Navigation

FORUM WORK
Member registration/account pages have been expanded to survey members about favorite gear, experience in High Sierra Wilderness Areas, level of skills, degree of fitness, and classic & obscure trails hiked.

All of these preferences and experiences are being linked to their proper trails and topics forums.

Backpackers can view the range of our members' gear selection to help them find the proper gear for their particular needs.

In the case of asking about members' completed trails is to find resources to draw upon. TW, TYT, JMT, and PCT hikers offer broad perspectives, while hikers concentrating their backpacking in specific Wilderness Areas may offer more detail.

The Trails and Topics forums are currently being set up to create and share a vast vortex of backpacking experience and knowledge between backpackers.

That would be composed of gear and trail experiences, tips and skills, and updates on conditions.

We desire to enjoy as broad a view of the Sierra as our Members can see. Check out our primitive test of sharing gear experience:

Members Favorites

Tents employed by experienced
High Sierra Backpackers

Internal Framed Backpacks
for High Sierra Use

Ultralight Packs

High Sierra Backpacker
Water Filter Systems

High Sierra Backpacker
Sleeping Bags

Backpacking
Camp Chairs

 

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see the
2016
High Sierra
Backpacking
Calendar

 

News
JMT PERMIT RESTRICTIONS
UPDATE

JMT-Yosemite
Donohue Pass
Exit Quota

Hoover Wilderness
to
JMT

No permits over
Donohue Pass

 

Notes
&
ALERTS
Highway
Closures

WINTER CLOSURES
Feb 2016

Highway 4
Ebbetts Pass


Highway 89
Monitor Pass

Highway 108
Sonora Pass

Highway 120
Tioga Pass

Backpacker Logic
WINTER 2016

MID-WINTER:

WINTER to SPRING
2016

Prospects
El Nino Tropical Flows Hit California:
Huge Snowpack at High Altitude
&
Lowland Flooding

or
It Misses Us

See the High Sierra Weather Page for the best fundamental resources for tracking factors forming and directing weather, specific current High Sierra weather forecasts, resources, and information.

 

Tracking the Weather
Backpacker Alerts

Feb 1: Below

Jan 1 2016 Backpacker Alert

Dec 11 2015 Backpacker Alert

Sept. 2015 Backpacker Alert

See the backpacking calendar for notes on tracking the specific progress of this year's seasons. Post up suggested calendar entries (observations) through the comments link below.

 

El Nino
 ENSO Information

El Nino Outlook,
 Current Report

 

LONG TERM PERSPECTIVE
Climate Prediction Center
Adjustable Outlooks Map

NOAA Climate Monitoring

Drought, Weather, Fire, & Snowpack
News

 

News
New Resupply Resource
on the
Sierra Crest

 

Sonora Pass Resupply

WELCOME
Adding to Long Distance Backpacker's
Resupply Options

 

Sierra Nature Notes

High Sierra Current Events
Climate News, El Nino and Drought, Science, Culture, Politics

Backpacker
News
Drought and El Nino
News
Liar, liar, pants on Fire! Drought, Fire, Flooding, and El Nino News for High Sierra Backpackers.
Liar, liar, Earth
on Fire!
Fires first,
Floods next?

CURRENT STATUS
&

EVOLUTION
of the
WINTER
of
2016

Feb 1 2016
BACKPACKER ALERT
Current Situation

APPROACHING EL NINO
NORMAL-WEAK WINTER SO FAR

All Backpacker Alerts Forum

REVIEW

Status of Winter
So far this Winter the main factor at play determining how this El Nino is playing out for the West Coast of the United States and the High Sierra has been the location of High Pressure Zones along the West Coast of California.

We reviewed these factors in September:

September Alert:
Setting the Table for Fall into Winter

These High Pressure Zones have deflected the majority of El Nino tropical moisture, mostly around us to the North.

Of the other two major factors affecting the evolution of this High Sierra Winter, the El Nino has been very strong while the character of the Arctic Circle has been very warm and weak. We’ve been tracking trend interaction:

December Alert:
Trend Development

Current Backpacker Alert
Feb 1, 2016

Interesting Development
A strong “background signal” is appearing that may deeply influence the evolution of our transition from Winter to Spring.

The first part of this “signal” is the increased average temps we have carried into Winter. Temps seem to be higher, and increasing/varying much earlier and quicker than any definition of a “normal” Winter.

The second part of this “signal” is an increase in the already generally increased average humidity. This increased humidity seems to be widespread around the Northern Hemisphere. I figure this increased heat and humidity are by-products of the vast amount of tropical moisture El Nino has been pumping into, and circulating around the North Hemisphere atmosphere all Fall and Winter long.

It is “hitting” us even when it misses, through its general effect on conditions.

The increased strength of these “background signals” indicates to me an increased possibility of rain, rather than snow, at high elevation as Winter evolves into Spring, or even during late Winter. We could see some rain-driven freak thaws breaking out prior to the actual beginning of the Spring Thaw.

On the other hand, warm wet air pushing across the Sierra can dump voluminous amounts of “Sierra Cement” across the Crest and far down both flanks. Then the rains could fall…

What’s Going On?

Winter to Spring
This is the crucial transition. Let’s do a little “deep” background:
Deep into the Central Pacific!

The equtorial band of warm water belting the Earth is still sinking to the South, and the El Nino within it is still boiling:

Tracking El Nino

The relative position of the Sun has been rising, and it will soon begin dragging the Equatorial Band of Warm Water, and El Nino along with it, to the North. This is when and where the fun really begins! I want you to be able to watch it, and enjoy the show. We need a method to do this.

First, we make weather observation a daily ritual. Second, we determine a procedure for consistently tracking the evolution of conditions.

 

1> Satellite Observations

We sample the visible satellite views centered on the Sierra, then step back to observe the Sierra’s relationship with the whole Pacific Coast and the North Pacific weather patterns.

Visible Satellites

Scroll down for Water Vapor Satellite Views across the North Pacific.

 

2> Surface Map

Second, we load up the animated North Pacific Surface Map for 14 day runs.
Then we compare our visible and water vapor satellite views of storm and cloud structures with the
pressure zones and fronts identified on the current Surface Maps.

This allows us to specifically identify and track the internal dynamic forces forming and driving the visible weather, and compare the various aspects driving the weather by watching how they look from the Satellites above, on the Surface Maps and through the Graphical Earth.

North Pacific 14 Day Surface Map

 

3> Earth

Now we fire up the “Earth.”

Firing up Earth in it’s standard configuration of “surface winds,” should be followed by examining the Total Precipable Water, Total Cloud Water, Temp and Relative Humidity across various pressure heights. Note that the different wind heights tell us different things. The 500 mb layer is known as the "steering level" for its effect on storm paths.

EARTH

Now we can watch how all these factors interact and behave as the hot water belt rises around the waist of our planet!

Comparing and contrasting our Satellite and Surface Map perspectives against the various wind-pressure layers available on the “Earth” graphical representation reveals a sometimes subtle and other times brutal interplay of the powerful dynamic forces shaping our weather.

The daily ritual tracking our various views of weather progresion and events helps us understand the interactions between these forces, and hopefully we can pick up any patterns or developing trends.

We have some sharp observers here on TW. We just need to know where to look.

Now that We are Watching
As the rising Sun of Spring brings the Equatorial belt of warm water and El Nino North the front lines running up to our meandering North Pacific Low Pressure Zones will begin to transport large amounts of tropical moisture to the Northeast, towards the Western Coast of the United States.

This pinata of heat and moisture is about to rip open, outgassing huge wet flows of hot moisture which are going to push East towards the West Coast of North America. The heat of the North Pacific, the weakness of the Arctic Circle Cold, and the stubborn persistance, even growth, of East Pacific High Pressure Ridging creates circumstances sufficient to ferry the majority of this moisture around the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

The High Pressure Ridge will break down, El Nino tropical mositure will be spewn across Northern California, but the current configuration of meterological factors indicate conditions that will transport the majority of El Nino Tropical Moisture around the High Sierra if they persist.

The evolution of conditions indicates increasing chances of late-Winter rains and potential for catastrophic Spring Thaw conditions fueled and fed by warm El Nino Spring rains scouring a warm snowpack off the Sierra Crest.

It has happened before countless times, and the factors necessary for such an event are increasing.

Comments

All Backpacker Alerts

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Opening the 2016 Backpacking Season
Last Year informs the Next

Events & Good Orgs News

Lake Tahoe Basin

Keep Tahoe Blue

Tahoe Rim Trail

Sierra Nevada Alliance


Highway 88 Corridor
The Eldorado National Forest Interpretive Association
(ENFIA)

 

 

 

 

High Sierra Pass Openings
are
Indicative of Conditions

 

 

 

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ADZPCTKO
PLANNING STAGES
2016

TWO
ADZPCTKO
EVENTS
in
2015
April 22-24
April 24-26

 

CCC
Trail Crew Applications
Feb 12 2016

 

Open & Print
CURRENT STAR CHART pdf
Skymaps.com

 

2015
Backpacking Calendar

 

High Sierra
Backcounty Weather

 

 

News Forum

 

ALERT
Highway
Closures

SNOW CLOSURES

2016


Highway 4
Ebbetts Pass
Road Conditions

Highway 4
Ebbetts Pass
Backpacker Weather


Highway 89
Monitor Pass
Road Conditions

 

Highway 108
Sonora Pass
Road Conditions

Sonora Pass
Backpacker Weather

 

Highway 120
Tioga Pass
Road Conditions

Highway 120
Emigrant to
Tioga Pass Weather

 

clickable
All Sierra Nevada
Road Conditions

ALL Jan-Feb
2016 News


TRACKING CRAZY WEATHER

FEB 2016
EL NINO CONDITIONS
I have been expecting an average late-June reasonable opening of High Passes and fords.

In any case, conditions demand that all backpackers track the evolution of Spring to ascertain the profile of snow melting into trails.

In 2016 we are looking at the potential for massive flows of tropical moisture to bury the Sierra Crest working against historic high temperatures and humidities which melt snow and bring early rain.

Which Way Will This Work Out?

Check the High Sierra National Forest and Parks home pages for more information about each forest and park's current conditions and restrictions.

 

All Records Falling
(FELL: See 2016 News Page)

2015
This Year Is Headed for the Hottest on Record, by a Long Shot, Hottest May, hottest five months. It's a scorcher. Bloomberg, June 18, 2015.

Pacific ‘blob’ is changing weather patterns,
Earth-Sky, May 18, 2015.
ENSO: track The Blob.

Even El Niño won't end state's drought,
UT San Diego, May 17, 2015.

California wildfire concerns rise after drought kills 12.5m trees, Guardian, May 8

 

Pope Francis warns of destruction of world's ecosystem in leaked encyclical,
Guardian, June 15, 2015.

Are Humans the Death of Nature?
"How we became nature – Anthropocene"
A Scientific Review of Humanity, 3-17-15

 

High Sierra Backpacking
VIDEOS

VIDEO RESOURCES

for the
NORTH SIERRA

Videos Supplement the Trail Guide

Video Playlists
Meeks Bay to Pacific Crest Trail
Desolation Wilderness

 

Pacific Crest Trail to Echo Lake
PCT & TYT Desolation Wilderness

 

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

 

Carson Gap to Lake Alpine
TYT Mokelumne Wilderness

 

Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass
PCT Mokelumne Wilderness


New!
Check out the Tahoe to Whitney

2016 High Sierra
Backpacking Calendar

2015 Calendar

2014 Calendar


See the complete collection of North Sierra videos through the link below.

Tahoe to Whitney
on
Youtube

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 Playlists
Lake Alpine to Saint Marys Pass
TYT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Ebbetts Pass to Sonora Pass
PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass
TYT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Sonora Pass to Dorothy Lake Pass
PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

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

Seasonal Notes

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

December
2015

Planning

Looking for substantial gaps between projected storms.

 

Trans-Sierra Highways
ALERT
Winter Storm Conditions!

Yosemite Roads
Tioga and Glacier Point Roads
Tioga Closed-Glacier Closed

Yosemite Road Status

LAST YEAR
Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass
OPEN April 17 2015
Closed for Storm May 19.
CLOSED Dec 2015

Highway 108 Sonora Pass
Open April 17 2015
Closing with Storm Activity,
May 19.
CLOSED Dec 2015

CURRENT INFORMATION
Tahoe Basin Highways

Central Sierra Highways

2015
Questions and Answers
LOOK QUITE GRIM
EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS

 

March 2015
Update

PERMIT RESTRICTIONS

YOSEMITE
DONOHUE PASS JMT EXIT QUOTAS

BRIDGEPORT RANGER DISTRICT
Hoover Wilderness

NO PERMITS ISSUED
OVER
DONOHUE PASS

 

Early 2016

FIRE REPORTS

National Fire Outlook

CalFire Incidents

INCIWEB

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.

 

High Sierra Backpacking Forums

TahoetoWhitney.ORG

A Vortex of Backpacking Experience and Knowledge

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

Members
Love you guys... Only Members can view Members Profiles and Post...

Information, Insight, Wilderness Delights, and Intelligence
Engaged with Nature and Man

 

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

 

The Two Main
LATE 2015
Stories-Questions ANSWERED
Dec 5

How will El Nino hit us? How much Winter Snow will pile onto the ample Fall base?

How will early-season weather and temp conditions progressing into Spring Conditions along the High Trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney evolve during early 2014?

ANSWER: We are Watching.

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: Last season we had one of the earliest openings of High Sierra Trails ever.

I believe the highest percentage of PCT hikers ever had the chances complete it. I don't know the date, but average PCT hikers hit the South Sierra during mid May and expected to pass the South Sierra.
INCREDIBLE!

That is not looking even remotely possible during 2016.

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

 

2015 ANSWER
Never have I seen such early and dry conditions.

 

2016
Spring and Summer
Water and High Sierra Trail Opening
Questions and Answers
LOOK QUITE GRIM in DECEMBER.

Looks like a heavy snow year is lining up. This will delay PCT hikers.

 

High Sierra Conditions Reports

 

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

2015
Issues and Situation

March 25 2015

-- Screaming Drought, Freak Weather, Freak Weather around the World --

Earliest opening of Sierra Crest Trails in human and geological history is forming up.
Having a "fire escape plan" for this year's High Sierra backpacking will be a wise forethought this year.

March 2015
We Need a New Environmentalism

"It is later than you think."

The Situation has gone too far to maintain the status-quo lies...

Impending Ecological Disaster of Historical Proportions
Current weather conditions, any reasonable observations, and new research indicates we on the West Coast of the US are facing expanding drought and fire conditions unprecedented in the human and natural historical records. Extreme weather is tormenting the whole country, and the whole world.

I am curious about what we are going to do with the vast population our "leaders" have so wisely stuffed/snuck into the Southwest-West Coast of the US, when we run out of water?

You have any ideas?

I know why it happened.

Environmentally, our greedy motivations created a program of endless irresponsible growth that has severely damaged the web of life in California, the US, and around the world.
Specifically, the rapid swelling of our population matched with spreading our irresponsible industrial growth program around the world ("globalism"-moving our dirty manufacturing to China) has transformed seasonal weather patterns in the North Pacific and around the whole world.

In our part of the world our trans-Pacific policy, our bad behavior has dispelled the North Pacific weather pattern that traditionally fed the Sierra snow pack every Winter.
The weather pattern feeding the Sierra snow pack is gone. Our traditional Winter weather pattern out of the Northwest has slowly faded away over the last 40 years to be replaced by weaker Winter weather patterns out of the West and Southwest Pacific.
This is a serious problem.

California will not support its current very irresponsible level of population without the weather supporting the annual Sierra Snow Pack each Winter. Period.

I know how it happened.

Our corporate program of endless growth powered by endless greedy self-interest perpetuated through institutionalized political bribery has succeeded in sweeping away the political and social values necessary to maintain our democracy, our security, and our environment against greed and self-interest.
That's a mouthful.
We lost the battle between our mutual democratic rights and social liberties against the profits of the greedy and powerful, and the self-gratifications of power-seekers. We lost the battle between democratic ethics and the base desire to get rich, to dominate, to consume, and use that collected power to rule over other folks.
Some folks have stolen themselves a "better life."
We are in the situation we are in because the cheaters have won, making greed and the lust for power the ascendant motivations tying the players in our polity together.

We replaced our exceptional political values with greed, redefining the meaning of "exceptional" along the way.
Consumerism has replaced citizenship as our opertational "value system."

The fates of man and nature are doomed as long as greed rules our hearts, minds, and politics. If we cannot clean up this central quagmire of corruption to make our democratic values operational we will not preserve the last remnants of our traditional ecology.

The greed-based political policies of endless irresponsible growth have stripped our country's social, human, and natural resources naked, pushing more wealth and political power to the smallest number of people at the very top of our society than any time in all of human history.

"Mission Accomplished," or "That's not Right?"

Personally, I am very angry about the corruptions and greed that have powered and allowed this massive irresponsible growth and associated transfer of wealth and power to continue.
This "feeding frenzy" of greed will not end well environmentally, economically, or socially.
A recognizable set of corrupt behaviors have fueled a shift in power and wealth over the past forty years that have ravaged the social, political, and environmental infrastructures in the State of California, across our whole country, and around the world.

Allow me to clarify and contrast some basic principals of being an American against these behaviors.

Shared greed and corruption are not American Constitutional Principals, and they do not produce ethical bonds or practices between politicians and their bribers. They produce conspiracies between political criminals. Bribery is not democracy. Money is not free speech. Breaking our laws and borders and putting yourself above the rule of our laws is not the basis of citizenship. Imposing yourself and your values on others is not an American Right.
Cheating is wrong, no matter how well it serves your self-interest, or makes your "dreams" come true. The dreams of cheaters are a nightmare for everyone else.
Many claim the above behaviors are "American" rights!
Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Mexicans, Bush, Obama, and their political parties come instantly to mind when considering those who's cheating has put themselves above our laws, rules, and political values as a matter of professional practice.

We have become a nation of cheaters, ruled by cheaters, fueled by cheaters, and this cheating must end to save our environment, let alone our democracy, and our country!

None of these corrupt practices are compatible with citizens running a self-regulating American democracy. They are compatible with American Corporate Fascism ruling over fat greedy "consumers."
Our current practices are antithetical to our Constitutional values or to creating or maintaining healthy social or natural environments to raise children in, let alone to maintain our democratic republic.

Unless you want fatter, stupider, greedier children...

How can your children not be cheaters, when raised in a society based on cheating?

We have in fact already lost our democratic republic and our Constitutional rights. We are now consumers in a corporate state, not citizens in a democratic republic. We live in, and serve a system of greed. And as a result we are losing the last remnants of our traditional weather patterns around the world.

"Si Se Puede?"

Really? You want to cheat to join an empire that's that you helped set on fire? Really?

Strange times, when the rats are jumping onto the burning ship of state...haha

Nonetheless, we can stop the cheaters at the top and at the bottom of society who've joined forces to rob our country of its political, economic, and environmental wealth.
GREED IS NOT GOOD.
Unless you are supporting the American legacy of irresponsible growth via cheating powered by greed that has driven the destruction of our democracy and our environment in the first place.

There are a lot of American Fascists and foreigners who put their own material wealth, their own self-interest, and imposing their own values on others before their duty to defend our shared political principals, practices, and process.

That would be the dark side of American history and the American personality. This force must be subjugated to, and restrained by our "Higher Angels," our eternal mutual democratic values.

The Mantra of Death
Personally, I reject the mantra of endless greed, endless growth, and endless profits that our corporate fascist leaders have deluded and drained America with, and I reject those who pursue greed. I choose the Constitutional values of our democratic republic as the basis of our social and political relationship, not shared greed. I choose balance over growth.

We the people are empowered to regulate wealth, political power, markets, and immigration, not they abuse us, as is happening today.

If we want to save the last bits of our environmental and political legacies we've got to get back to our own honest standards, and cast these greedy cheaters and their corrupt practices aside.

If we don't stop the greed and corruption, if we don't stop the cheaters that have corrupted our government and driven this irresponsible growth and destruction, nature will. Nature is.
Nature is now undergoing powerful changes in direct response to our irresponsible growth of the last forty years that are moving more rapidly than science can track, to stop our corrupt practices in their tracks!

On a Biblical Scale.

Karma is a bitch when you are bad, and we have been very bad, by our own Constitutional and ethical standards, let alone by any spiritual or secular interpretations of ethical behavior.

The need for a New "American" Environmentalism that actually recognizes the sources of these damages and addresses their true causes is profound.

We must un-do it.

The political status-quo of bribery, corruption, and cheating fueled by greed is insufficient for the scale of the ecological, economic, and political crisis we face.
Our favorite backpacking spots in the Sierra are being both slowly and quickly changed by the double-edged sword of the character of the seasons.
The remaining forests of California have suffered gradually under drying conditions sufficiently long to now assure their rapid transformation through fire. Drier species will fill the burned areas, rapidly transforming the character of the Sierra.
The diasterous trajectory we are on will not be altered unless we as a people take up a new vision of renewed political relationships, curb the greedy, and pull in the reins on endless growth that feeds them.

Wealth and power determines outcomes in government. Thus effective environmentalism requires political bribery be outlawed, or at least be driven out of the center of politics. It demands a real democratic playing field be reinstated.
Restoring democracy is the only way to disempower our growth-based bribed corporate leadership. Alternatives to their failed growth policies are doomed to fail within the current political processes dominated by bribery and corruption.

The status-quo killed our goose, and continues to cook it.

The political corruptions of our past that brought us to our current disasterous situation, and the cheaters who did it must be politically neutralized and harshly punished to preserve any furture for our country, our planet, let along the fragile nature of the Sierra Nevada's unique sub-alpine environment.
We must "un-rig" politics to save the environment, and ourselves.

Death to the Cheaters!

January 2015
ZERO RAINFALL
The critical issue is the serious persisting drought conditions. Nature is cooking us up a disastrous Spring and Summer for life on the West Coast.

Again, conditions are looking like they could again develop into historical early openings of the High Sierra roads and trails. I figure the Sierra will be burning by July, so watch the fire reports...

My personal situation is embroiled deep in injury recovery and editing up the completed North Sierra parts of the Tahoe to Whitney Guide.
I've got to bring the finished Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows part of the guide from draft to finished form.

So I'm turned mostly inward, even as our modern Rome burns ever so slowly around us.

I believe the seasonal reports from recent years are informative as to the hot and dry trajectory our future weather holds in store for us.

2015 High Sierra Snow Backpackers & Skiers:
You're Screwed --&-- No Snow in the Sierra

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Map Credit

U.S. Geological Survey,
Department of the Interior
The
USGS

USGS MAP LOCATOR

I love the USGS, as you can see from the Tahoe to Whitney Maps.

I also dig the NWS, as you can see from our Weather Page.

We gotta know the terrain under our feet, and the weather in the sky. These are the basics. In that spirit, let's set you up with the USGS maps sufficient to plan and execute your High Sierra Backpacking Trip with a set of custom backpacking maps.

In fact, we can use the USGS to set us up with planning and hiking maps for anywhere in the US of A.

Move the Map to the Sierras. Or your favorite backpacking spot in the US of A. Navigate the map to the area you wish to locate maps. Click "Mark Point" in the options to see the USGS map grid of the various scaled maps.

Select the grid square and the maps within it that will help you plan and execute your backpacking trip, set up a directory on your computer named for the trip or location of the maps, and begin downloading those suckers.

Open your USGS maps with Adobe Reader.

But first, we have to "unzip" the maps.

I use 7zip.

Custom Maps
Once we get the maps downloaded, unzipped, and running on Adobe Reader we can cut and paste the pieces of the maps we need together, and mark our selected hiking routes to create our own customized maps using MS Paint, Photoshop, or some other image software.

Printing
If we want to print up our maps for field use we need some printer technology and knowledge. I understand Inkjet printers, special inks, and the proper paper are necessary to print up serviceable maps.

At least one reader of Tahoe to Whitney has copied and printed out Tahoe to Whitney Maps with success.

Map Information Map Symbols

That is totally cool for personal and non-profit uses.



High Sierra
Weather

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

When will the Sierra Trails Open in 2016?

Trail Guide Weather
Local Weather resources for each hiking area.


Backpacker's News and Notes
2016

NEWS TOPICS AND EVENTS OF INTEREST NOTES

2016

WHEN?

Hwy 4 Ebbetts Pass OPEN

Hwy 108 Sonora Pass OPEN

Hwy 120 Tioga Pass OPEN

2013-14
Historic early pass openings

2014-15
Historic early pass openings

Conditions On the Trails

Fords Dormat:
Drought & Winter

All News: See the Forum

CalFire
Incident Information

FIRE
201

FIRE
201

INFORMATION
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

HOT TOPIC
Later
Mosquitoes

First Note:
This Trail Guide is Under ACTIVE Construction.

Note:
Read the Site Use Terms and Safety Disclaimer.

Nature Freaking Out

NORTH
HIGH SIERRA BACKPACKING

Backpacking Trip Ideas
BELOW

Trailhead to Trailhead
between

Resupply Points

"SECTION HIKING"
the
North Sierra Nevada
on the
PCT
and/or TYT
&
Alternative Routes


Two Routes
from
Lake Tahoe
to

Tuolumne Meadows

The Pacific Crest Trail
and

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

BY SECTIONS
East Sierra Flank
The Pacific Crest Trail

Starting
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.

 

Pacific Crest Trail

Backpacking

East 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.

 

Pacific Crest Trail

Backpacking
East 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.

 

Pacific Crest Trail

Backpacking
East 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

West Sierra Flank
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Backpacking
TYT & PCT

Southwest Lake Tahoe Basin

across
Meiss Country

Meiss Country Roadless Area

Echo Summit
to

Carson Pass

BIG MAP

PCT & TYT

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.

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Backpacking
West Mokelumne Wilderness

Carson Gap
to
Lake Alpine

TYT

BIG Mokelumne MAP

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.

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Backpacking
West Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Lake Alpine
to
Saint Marys Pass

TYT

BIG Carson Iceberg MAP

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.


 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Backpacking
West Emigrant Wilderness

Kennedy Meadows
Pack Station

to the
South Bond Pass
Trail Junction

TYT

BIG Emigrant MAP

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


Backpacking
Pacific Crest
and

Tahoe to Yosemite
Trails

North Yosemite Backcountry

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.

Highway 108
to
Tuolumne Meadows

PCT and TYT
Note the complete distance starting from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows along the PCT is
73.8 miles

From Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows starting out along the TYT is
71.49 miles.

The difference between the two is that the PCT starts along the Sierra Crestline while the TYT climbs from down-low on the Western Flank out of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

Both Southbound trails merge in the Top of Jack Main Canyon entering the North Yosemite Backcountry, Independent of which trail we started South on.

Highways 108, 395, and 120


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



NOTE

We can hike individual sections of the TYT and PCT as defined above. We can "easily" tie these routes together into nice loops around the Tahoe Basin, the Carson Iceberg, Emigrant, and North Yosemite Wilderness Areas.

We can bust-out some long trips staying within a Wilderness Area.


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

SEE LARGE VIDEO ON TRAIL GUIDE PAGE

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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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