High Altitude High Sierra Trails.
Welcome. I'm Al, and I'm writing this generation's High Sierra trail guide, using the modern technology of the internet to offer the most comprehensive guide possible. The lid has been blown off the constraints previous generations of trail guide writers struggled under. On the Web we can present images, videos, and kick-ass maps for a trail guide that gives you clear views of the the trerrain itself to best plan, prep, and execute your very long and very short distance High Sierra Hikes, as well as your long section hikes and short backpacking loops.
On the Trail Guide
Above are links to the newly-created introductions to the Sierra Crest Trails and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, respectively. We've also put up the basic South Sierra Maps anticipating I will soon begin building the South end of the guide.
Trail Guide Pages
To the Left see the sidebar links to the guide, weather, and gear information. On the Right sidebar find the skills sections.
Neither are complete. This is a guide in motion, constantly growing towards its destination at the Mount Whitney Portal describing the terrain, logistics, gear, weather, skills and fitness necessary to hike the length of the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range South from Lake Tahoe. Thus this guide is aptly named Tahoe to Whitney.
Backpacking Trails and Topics Forums
I have recently put a lot of work into the backpacker's forum. Every guide page is connected to the forum, which collects hiker input, questions and comments about the trails described on the guide. This guide supports two-way communications around the High Sierra hiker community through the forum. You can enrich the guide with your perspectives and experiences through the forum.
This guide is centered and organized along the main trails running the length of the Sierra Crest. The Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trail routes in the North Sierra are mirrored by the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails along the South Sierra Crest. And how these trails are seen and experienced.
All the short and long loops described in this guide, in fact this entire guide and the many trailheads and backpacking trips it describes are all orientated to pointing you towards hiking the Sierra Crest. My goal is to get you out and get you in shape step by step until you are capable of hiking long distances at high altitudes carrying a heavy load, either one section of the High Sierra at a time, or the whole thing all at once. Both, over the years, over and over again...
This is what we were designed to do.
This guide and forum are building into a comprehensive source of information for hikers on the Tahoe to Yosemite, John Muir, and Pacific Crest Trails down the length of the Sierra Nevada. Well, it will. I've lots of work ahead.
Currently this trail guide spans from the start of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail at Meeks Bay to the point where the Pacific Crest Trail and Tahoe to Yosemite Trail rejoin in Tilden Canyon in the North Yosemite Backcountry.
I've just put the first draft trail guide pages of the North Yosemite Backcountry online. Jack Main Canyon, Tilden Lake, and Wilmer Lake guide pages, along with the draft 7.5 topos of the route to Tuolumne Meadows are now online and under further construction.
The completed guide now measures out to around 300 miles of North Sierra Nevada Trails online with trail guide pages, maps, mileages, images and videos. I hope you find them helpful. Let me know.
We've a lot of trails behind and a long ways ahead. No matter. The long journey down the High Sierra trails is the point of this exercise.
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