VERY Different Routes
The Highway 108 Corridor
The very different routes of the Southbound TYT and PCT to Highway 108 come to a point of near-convergence passing Southbound through their respective Saint Marys and Sonora Pass Trailheads onto Highway 108 on and right next to the Sierra Crestline (the TYT), respectively.
The 2 PCT & 1 TYT trailheads on Highway 108 at Sonora Pass are separated by about three-quarters of a mile. The two PCT trailheads bracket Sonora Pass while the single Northbound trail of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail coming South from Lake Alpine on Highway 4 ends at the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead on Highway 108 just about a mile West of Sonora Pass.
The hiker on the PCT just has to cross the Sonora Pass Highway to continue their hike. Not so for the Southbound hiker on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail. The Southbound TYT hiker encounters Highway 108 at the end of a short but inconspicuous dirt road on the North shoulder of Highway 108 located about three-quarters of a mile West of Sonora Pass.
Rather than crossing Highway 108 to continue South, the Southbound trailhead of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is located about eight miles West of Saint Marys Pass down Highway 108, then another mile out to the end of the road leading to Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.
That's where the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail continues South from Highway 108.
TYT SOUTH OF SAINT MARYS PASS
The TYT and PCT part company again South of Highway 108 as quickly as they came together approaching 108. The TYT and PCT proceed South from Highway 108 along their very different routes across and around Emigrant Wilderness, respectively, only to reunite just South of where they both enter the far Northwestern corner of Yosemite National Park at the top of Jack Main Canyon from their very different directions.
The PCT crosses Highway 108 continuing South along the Sierra Crestline. The PCT continues South along the Sierra Crestline following the boundary tracing out the Western edge of the Toiyabe National Forest against the Eastern edge of the Emigrant Wilderness across the crest of Leavitt Peak.
Dropping off the South flank of Leavitt Peak the PCT turns East off the Sierra Crestline into the Toiyabe NF at the top of Kennedy Canyon. From that point the PCT drops elevation and its route wraps around The High Emigrant Basin, which is wedged-in just below the West Flank of the Sierra Crestline. The line of the Sierra Crest continues running South across Emigrant Wilderness where we turned East down Kennedy Canyon. The route of the PCT deflects off and around the Sierra Crest at the top of Kennedy Canyon, only to climb back to and cross the Sierra Crestline passing through Dorothy Lake Pass into the North Yosemite Backcountry.
From the Saint Marys Trailhead TYT hikers either hitch-hike or walk 9 miles West down Highway 108 to the mile-long rough paved road out to our Southbound TYT Trailhead on the South end of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. I suggest hitch-hiking. The TYT continues South through Kennedy Meadows Pack Station to climb back to the Sierra Crest via two fantastic granite and volcanic canyons.
The Trail Guide Pages Listed Above
Our list of trail guide pages above cover the divergent routes of the TYT and PCT through the first part of their divergent routes across/around Emigrant Wilderness backpacking South from Highway 108 into the North end of Yosemite.
The Trail Guide Pages Listed Below
The trail guide pages of the unified TYT and PCT across North Yosemite to Tuolumne Meadows follow below.
Below the Below
Below the trail guide pages you will find links to the maps, miles and elevations figures, resupply information, and videos too!
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