The Lake Tahoe Basin
Hiking the Tahoe to Whitney Trails
Tahoe Basin Trailheads on the Guide
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Trailhead at Meeks Bay, the Echo Summit Trailhead on Highway 50, and the Meiss Country Trailheads described in the Lake Tahoe Basin only represent a small number of the wide range of trailheads we can use to launch our Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip out of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Tahoe to Whitney
The Point of All This
Our goal is to get you out to explore the length of, and become familiar with the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range by hiking the Sierra Crest trails from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. Preferably in one shot, after getting your fitness, gear, and skills up to speed.
I consider Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney to be the high altitude "bookends" of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. North of Tahoe the geology of the Sierra changes and the altitude recedes. The Sierra is much older North of the Tahoe Basin. This guide begins hiking South through the Meeks Bay Trailhead of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
Far o our South Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the continental United States, it marks the end of the John Muir Trail, and it is the point where I traditionally turn East out of the South Sierra. The Mount Whitney Portal is the end point of this Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
Independent of where we begin or end our backpacking trip, "Tahoe to Whitney" is a hiking ideal representing the goal of hiking the entirety of the Sierra Nevada Crestline. The specific start and end points of can be modified to suit your own notions of an "ideal" High Sierra adventure.
Take a Hike
Come walk with me across the following pages exploring the high altitude trails South along the High Sierra Crestline from Tahoe to Whitney. I'm going to tell you everything I know and show you what I see. We're going to check out the main high altitude trails down the Sierra Crestline, the trails that connect them together, and the trails that connect our high trails to key Eastern and Western flank trailhead access.
To better understand and conceptualize the trails and terrain between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney we've generated this trail guide, created comprehensive sets of maps at large and small scales, calculated the mileages between key points down the trails, cited the elevations and elevation changes, and taken thousands of images and videos depicting these amazing trails and the surrounding terrain.
In addition to this fundamental trail guide information
we're also exploring all the backpacking topics necessary to get and keep us on the trail. These topics cover vital issues such as fitness, gear, health, diet, weather, trail skills, resupply, navigation and map reading, among other necessary backpacking (life) skills.
Beyond these necessary topics we investigate all the history, geology, biology, trail culture, artistic expressions and scientific investigations we can find.
We are not just looking for all the practical and technical information necessary to build a successful backpacking trip, but we are also looking for all the human skills and experiences we need to find or develop in ourselves to properly use this information.
The final piece of information in this backpacking puzzle is gaining some understanding of and engagement with the web of life around us.
We're looking for all the reflections of High Sierra experience we can find in man and nature.
Introduction to Tahoe to Whitney
The Basic Outline and Options
The TYT and PCT in the North Sierra
This trail guide begins our long backpacking trip South by locating, then stepping through the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail's Meeks Bay Trailhead. This is the Northernmost point of this trail guide.
11.5 miles Southwest of the Meeks Bay Trailhead our TYT route intersects with the Southbound Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails in the Northern Desolation Wilderness. This is our Northernmost coverage of the PCT-TRT.
The logistical part of this guide begins with figuring out our hiking plan and the resupply strategy necessary to support it.
The TYT and PCT are two classic long distance backpacking trails that give us two distinctly different backpacking experiences hiking South across the North Sierra to Tuolumne Meadows. Well, they will be distinctly different experiences once we get beyond their shared route around the Southwestern corner of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
We will investigate both of the convergence and divergence of the TYT & PCT routes South to Tuolumne Meadows.
Though the TYT and PCT are distinctly different routes, they begin and end their North Sierra adventures together. Well, they share the trail through the Tahoe Basin after the TYT's initial 11.5 miles hiking out from to the PCT from its Meeks Bay Trailhead.
South of the TYT-PCT-TRT junction the TYT and PCT share the route across the remaining 29.82 miles of our hike around the Southwest Tahoe Basin through Desolation Wilderness and the Meiss Country Roadless Area.
After sharing their route around the Tahoe Basin the PCT and TYT split East and West at their point of departure from the South end of the Tahoe Basin
through the Carson Gap.
South of the Carson Gap the TRT and PCT split up to begin their very different routes South across the Mokelumne, Carson Iceberg, and Emigrant Wilderness before finally rejoining in the very Northwestern corner of Yosemite National Park.
The TYT and PCT cover distinctly different routes with very different characters and conditions between their separation point on the South end of the Tahoe Basin and their reunion point in the North Yosemite Backcountry, as we will see.
And, the Sierra Nevada will build us into better folks for the experience of hiking It.
The PCT and JMT in the South Sierra
Though the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail ends with our arrival at Tuolumne Meadows, it is replaced as an associated/alternative route to the PCT across the South Sierra by the John Muir Trail. The JMT accompanies the Southbound PCT from Tuolumne Meadows down the South Sierra Nevada Crestline to where our JMT route distinguishes itself by turning East to climb Mount Whitney.
The John Muir Trail has climbed up to join the PCT at Tuolumne Meadows from its Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley. The JMT and PCT run together for the vast majority of our hike South to Mount Whitney, where this trail guide ends with the JMT through the Whitney Portal.
Unlike the very different characters and divergent routes of the PCT and TYT across the North Sierra, the PCT and JMT share the vast majority of the trail South from Tuolumne Meadows down to Crabtree Meadow. Crabtree Meadow is where the JMT turns East from the PCT for the climb over Mount Whitney.
The nine mile hike from the Southeastern shore of Thousand Island Lake down to Reds Meadow is the only notable divergence of the PCT and JMT from Tuolumne Meadows to Crabtree Meadow. The PCT and JMT are the same trail down the South Sierra Crestline, other than this one divergence approaching Agnew and Reds Meadows.
Not to worry. With a little imagination, some good observation and map analysis, and a little research we will find some very interesting alternative route options to the standard route of the PCT-JMT. At the very least we will find bunches of exciting scrambles and local peaks to bag both off of, and along the standard JMT-PCT route South from Tuolumne Meadows to the Whitney Portal.
Hiking Across Yosemite National Park
The Golden Triangle at the Center of the Sierra
The "standard" route of the Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip enters Yosemite along the TYT-PCT down to Tuolumne Meadows, then picks up and follows the JMT South out of Yosemite over Donohue Pass from TM.
We also have the option of hiking through Yosemite Valley as part of our Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip. We can hike the "complete" JMT by hiking it "backwards" down into Yosemite Valley from Tuolumne Meadows. We will return to the JMT by re-entering through Happy Isles and hiking up to Little Yosemite.
But we are not going to simply retrace the route of the JMT back to Tuolumne Meadows when we have a different route that can either bring us back to Tuolumne Meadows, or deposit us onto the JMT in Lyell Canyon a few miles South of Tuolumne Meadows, depending on how we turn through the last trail junction at Voglesang High Sierra Camp.
From Little Yosemite we depart the JMT by hiking up the Merced River to Merced Lake. From Merced Lake we hike over Voglesang Pass to the Voglesang High Sierra Camp.
Just North of Voglesang HSC
we can turn to rejoin the Southbound John Muir Trail in Lyell Canyon South of Tuolumne Meadows via Evelyn Lake or return to Tuolumne Meadows via Tuolumne Pass.
The Golden Triangle is a great addition to our Tahoe to Whitney hike, and a fine hike on its own. This is a great hike for folks who want to get a feel for Yosemite, especially if we start from Sonora Pass and hike to Reds Meadow. Yosemite is a great section along our long trail, and we should explore it as fully as possible.
Top of Page
The Long and the Short of It
The Terrain of the Sierra Crest is this Guide's Real Index
We've gotta start and organize our approach to High Sierra Trails and Terrain somewhere. I approach the High Sierras not by national forests or as a bunch of wilderness areas or even by trails or trailheads, although each of these identifiers is important, helpful, and is treated by this trail guide.
This guide is organized within a linear framework following and determined by the Sierra Crest Itself, its surrounding terrain, and its watersheds and finally, its trails. Everything is organized by where we, and everything else, are located in relation to the the Sierra Crest trails.
The spine of the Sierra Crestline is itself the basis of this guide's organization, and we are just going to follow and describe it and the trails and terrain that bracket it as we hike from its North to South ends.
The boundary lines of national forests, parks, wilderness, and roads are helpful, but the basis of their organization is the Sierra Crestline and the watersheds decorating its flanks. We keep our eyes on the prize.
Why Start at Meeks Bay?
Meeks Bay is a classic starting point for our backpacking trip South into the High Sierra, independent of which trail, or combination of trails we ultimately follow South to Tuolumne Meadows, and down to the Whitney Portal.
Our grand adventure begins hiking through the Tahoe to Yosemite Trailhead at Meeks Bay into the North Desolation Wilderness for a number of smaller reasons, but really, for one big reason.
Meeks Bay is our trailhead because it starts our Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip into one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Meeks Bay leads us directly into the granite grandure of Desolation Wilderness wrapping around the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, a truly a world-class spot of backpacking beauty.
Backpacking life does not start better than this.
Our basic goal to hike the length of the Sierra Nevada is a cover for our real mission, which is to get some understanding of the fundamental logic, operation, and status of both the Sierra Nevada and overselves. We have various approaches to this, and they all start whith shorter backpacking trips and end with longer backpacking trips.
Our first backpacking trips should not be in the Sierra, if we are an inexperienced backpacker in poor physical conditioning. If we are inexperienced and out of shape we've got to contend with a whole series of physical fitness, gear, and skills issues before we will be ready to hit the High Sierra Trails.
We've got a basic physical training schedule and plan a series of increasingly strenous backpacking trips to gradually gain the fitness, gear, and skills that will be demanded to successfully hike the Tahoe to Whitney as a single backpacking trip.
I love to hike the Sierra as one great Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip, and have so far executed it five times. This has led to a variety of starting points and routes, but Meeks Bay through the Desolation Wilderness is a classic.
You can start your TW hike anywhere you like. We can begin up in Granite Chief Wilderness, from Highway 80, or out of one of the trailheads described here on the guide, or your favorite trailhead in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
This real goal of this guide is to put you in a position to find yourself. More precisely, for you to find and develop your physical, psychological, and spiritual assets, identify your weaknesses and strengths, and evolve your observation, analysis, and decision making skills in the difficult, demanding, and always somewhat dangerous natural context of the High Sierra Mountain Range.
After that, we will keep our skills tuned up, operational, and as engaged as possible through the travails of this life.
We don't have to hike all the way South to Mount Whitney, or even hike the whole Tahoe to Yosemite Trail across the North Sierra all at once. We can keep our backpacking trips within Desolation Wilderness and the Tahoe Basin, if we so desire.
The information on this Tahoe to Whitney trail guide is designed to help us plan and execute our shorter Desolation Wilderness backpacking trips, as well as shorter backpacking trips and loops around the forests and wilderness areas from Desolation Wilderness South to Yosemite and on down to the Whitney Portal.
This "section" approach may be wise. Not everyone, well, practically no one is ready to jump onto long distance High Sierra trails without some training, proper gear, and practical experience putting them all together on the trail. Short preparatory trips bringing our fitness, gear selection and use, and our skills up to speed one step at a time is a wise path to safely develop our long distance high altitude backpacking capacities.
Backpacking the High Sierra is a difficult and potentially dangerous activity. Let's not bite off more than we can comfortably chew.
I am serious about the difficulties and dangers of High Sierra backpacking. Read the disclaimer, and note my warnings about dangers and safety up and down the trail guide. Backpacking the High Sierra can break you like a twig. It can seriously injure or kill you.
It can also restore your humanity, balance, and understanding of the human role in life's grand web.
It can give it all, it can take it all.
How the particular balance of pain and pleasure on our trip works out depends on how well prepaired we are. Our level of prepartation determines if backpacking the whole thing or sections is the wise course of action.
Part of a Greater Plan
The beauty of Desolation Wilderness and the Meiss Country Roadless Area in the Tahoe Basin make them delightful places to backpack on their own account, as well as logical locations to start our long distance backpacking trips South.
This is also equally true of the wilderness, forests, and parks to our South. Each is delightful on its own, and this guide explores the local as well as long distance backpacking opportunities in each. Each of our short trips can be elements in a greater plan of exploration. Let's check out some of the various approaches we can take.
Top of Page
One Shot or Many
Thorough Hiking, Section Hiking, or Grand Loops
Just because I like to hike from Tahoe to Whitney in one shot does not mean you have that same desire, fitness, or can dedicate the time and energy necessary for such an extensive trip. But you can achieve the same end result. Good thing we have other options.
We can section hike the High Sierra Trails from Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows, and on down to Mount Whitney.
We can break the Tahoe to Whitney hike into bite-sized chunks, starting with the Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Country Roadless Area in the Tahoe Basin, and work our way South as possible. The Desolation and Meiss Country backpacking trip can be our first "section" of a Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trip spread out over a number of Summers.
Better yet, we can section hike the North Sierra by hiking loops around each Wilderness Area"section" using the PCT in one direction and the TYT in the other, as we proceed South. This means that we can "section" hike the TYT and PCT simultaneously across much of the North Sierra!
Well, we can hike TYT-PCT loops around the wilderness areas that have sufficient trails! Although the webs of trails across the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness make these PCT-TYT loops possible, the "wishbone" shape of our main TYT and PCT trails diverging as they move South across the Mokelumne Wilderness make TYT-PCT loops there difficult, if not impossible.
To better use these interconnected PCT-TYT routes to craft grand "sectional loops," let's take a look at how the length of the Sierra Crest is divided into sections by the Trans-Sierra Highways.
The Trans-Sierra Highways and their Mountain Passes
Section Hiking the North Sierra
Hiking South out of the Tahoe Basin on the PCT we find the succession of the Carson, Ebbetts, and Sonora Pass Trailheads on the PCT route down the Sierra Crestline to Tuolumne Meadows.
Carson Pass on Highway 88 roughly differentiates the Tahoe Basin to its North from the Mokelumne Wilderness to its South. Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 distinguishes the Mokelumne Wilderness to its North from Carson Iceberg Wilderness to its South, while the Sonora Pass Road, Highway 108, separates the Carson Iceberg to its North from the Emigrant and Yosemite Wilderness Areas to its South.
Each of these mountain passes sit at the top of a of trans-Sierra Highway with parking and trails running North and South into the wilderness areas flanking it. These highway divisions of the North Sierra Crest are perfect for those of us wishing to "section hike" the TYT and PCT routes across, or even looping around, each section of trail between the Trans-Sierra Highways.
If that describes some version of your plans, this guide will be perfect for you!
Section Hiking the North Sierra
The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail has a similar set of trailheads along the Trans-Sierra Highways that we can use to break the TYT into "sections." But the TYT sections, and its route are a bit more complex than the relative simplicity of the PCT's trail and trailheads following the Sierra Crestline across the tops of the Trans-Sierra Highways.
The TYT Trailheads on the Trans-Sierra Highways are split between being located further down the Western flank of the Sierra than the PCT Trailheads along the Sierra Crest, and being located on or near the Sierra Crest.
Three of our TYT Trailheads on the Trans-Sierra Highways are located on the Sierra Crestline, three are located down the Western flank.
On the Crestline
Carson Pass on Highway 88
Saint Marys Pass on Highway 108
We can access trailheads onto the TYT along the Sierra Crest at Carson Pass on Highway 88. Hikers on the TYT can pass South through Carson Pass after exiting the Tahoe Basin, though the most direct routes to the TYT over Round Top bypass Carson Pass. The same is not true of the single TYT Trailhead at Saint Marys Pass on Highway 108.
I say "trailhead" in the singular because there is only one direction of the TYT, coming out of the North, through the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead onto Highway 108.
Trail Guide Index
Highway 108 Trailheads
The Saint Marys Trailhead is located very close to the Sierra Crestline. It is located less than a mile west of the PCT trailheads at Sonora Pass on the Sierra Crestline at the top of Highway 108.
Hiking South on the TYT through the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead onto Highway 108 presents one big problem for Southbound TYT hikers: there is no Southbound TYT Trailhead on other side of Highway 108 from Saint Marys Pass!
This makes it difficult to continue South on the TYT after hiking through Saint Marys Pass Trailhead onto Highway 108.
The TYT continues South into the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness through the Kennedy Meadows Pack Station nine miles to the West of Saint Marys Pass down Highway 108. I suggest hitch-hiking rather than backpacking down this dangerous narrow and twisting road.
On the Flank
TYT Trailheads on Lake Alpine on Highway 4
It is a lot easier to continue South on the TYT across Highway 4 at Lake Alpine than the offset trailheads across Highway 108 for us Southbound TYT backpackers.
The Lake Alpine TYT Trailheads aalong Highway 4 are 15 miles West of Ebbetts Pass down Highway 4, and virtually right across the Highway 4 from each other.
TYT hikers just cross Highway 4 on the East Shore of Lake Alpine to easily continue South on the TYT, while Southbound TYT hikers at Saint Marys Pass face a nine-mile hitch-hike West down Highway 108 to continue South.
The bottom line is that the series of PCT trailheads on the Sierra Crestline at the tops of the Trans-Sierra Highways and the TYT Trailheads a bit further down the Western Flank of the Sierra gives us the ability to break up the 180 miles of hiking between Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows along these difficult trails on either the TYT or PCT into manageable lengths of thirty miles or less between resupply points.
The only exception is that the last and the longest sections of both the TYT and PCT are across seventy-five miles of hard 1 trail through the Emigrant Wilderness South from Highway 108 into and across the North Yosemite Backcountry to Highway 120 in Tuolumne Meadows.
These "sections" of trail between the Trans-Sierra Highways break our PCT and TYT routes down into natural bite-sized lengths of trail that are perfect for section hikers. Let's evolve section hiking the North Sierra one more step...
Let's Get Loopy
We can easily turn our "section hikes" into grand backpacking loops by tying the PCT and TYT route together across the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness Areas.
We can do this by using trails that tie the TYT and PCT together across the lengths of the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness.
Rather than hiking "sections" of the PCT and/or the TYT routes down the length of the Sierra Nevada one by one in simple linear "sections," we can fairly easily transform each "section" hike into a loop that extensively explores both the TYT and PCT routes across each wilderness area.
I call this "Master Loop" section hiking.
We can section hike the PCT and TYT simultaneously!
We can hike loops of various lengths using both the TYT and PCT around the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness Areas because each is extensively interconnected with the other by webs of trails across both wilderness.
This high degree of interconnection between the PCT and TYT also opens up many interesting alternative routes to the standard linear routes of PCT or TYT. We can tie the PCT and TYT together to cross the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness in a number of interesting ways.
This thought, of hiking each section of trail between the Trans-Sierra Highways as a loop tying the PCT and TYT together creates a visual image in my mind each of each North Sierra trail sections being one ring in a chain of trails forged by hiking circles around the North Sierra Wilderness Areas.
Reality Check: I call this "fun."
The South Sierra is Different
We don't have the same parallel trail construction between the PCT and JMT in the South Sierra as with the PCT-TYT in the North. But we can put together a series of impressive South Sierra loops. I'm thinking of Fish Valley to the South of Reds Meadow, the classic North-South loop through Bishop and Piute Passes, and the Rae Lakes Loop.
These are classic South Sierra Backpacking Loops.
Though we can effectively section hike two trails at once down the North Sierra by stringing together a series of TYT-PCT hiking loops, the layout of the South Sierra terrain and trails prevents this. Though the South Sierra is full of classic backpacking loops and alternative routes, these loops do not interlink as they do in the North Sierra. The alternative routes through Fish Valley and the Bear Creek trail South of Vermilion Valley Resort, the North-South Lakes Loop, and the Rae Lakes Loops are all distinct loops and alternative routes we can hike along the JMT-PCT, but they do not overlap, and leave great gaps between the end of one loop and the beginning of the next.
Sadly, we cannot put together a series of backpacking loops around each of the wilderness areas for the whole length of the Sierra Crestline between Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.
Section Hiker's Dream
We can section hike the PCT or the TYT routes from trailhead to trailhead from Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows, or we can section hike both the PCT and the TYT in grand loop routes around the wilderness areas between Tahoe and Yosemite.
Make a Chain of Loops from Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows
Let's take this concept a step further. Our trail around the Southwestern corner of the Tahoe Basin from Meeks Bay through Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Country is part of the fantastic 165 mile natural loop of the Tahoe Rim Trail around the Tahoe Basin. On a smaller scale, we can hike loops around the beauty of Desolation Wilderness and a triangular route around the Meiss Country Roadless Area.
I am not a great fan of the Carson Range. Let's put it like this: If given a choice between hiking South on the TYT-PCT through Desolation and Meiss Country and either continuing' South on the TYT-PCT out of the Tahoe Basin into the Mokelumne Wilderness, or turning Northeast to hike around the whole Carson Range on the TRT, I would select hiking South on the PCT-TYT into the Mokelumne Wilderness rather than hiking into the Carson Range on the TRT.
The divergence of the TYT and PCT South of the Tahoe Basin and their respective coverage of the two flanks of the Sierra Crest gives us the fundamental building blocks to construct great backpacking loops around the wilderness areas from Tahoe to Yosemite.
We can use the TYT to hike South and turn North on the PCT to craft great loops around the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness areas between Lake Tahoe and the Yosemite boundary.
This leaves only the Mokelumne Wilderness, where the PCT and TYT are distinct, different, and completely disconnected across the whole South end of the Mokelumne Wilderness. The terrain and trails of the Mokelumne Wilderness do not easily break itself down into backpacking loops.
The Mokelumne Wilderness loop will be hiked in the shape of a wishbone. The top unified end of the wishbone is located at the Carson Gap, while the ribs of trails extend South on the East and West flanks of the Sierra, with the TYT ending at Lake Alpine and the PCT at Ebbetts Pass. Their respective positions on Highway 4 are separated by about 15 miles of very twisting and narrow road.
This gap between the South end of the TYT at Lake Alpine and the South end of the PCT at Ebbetts Pass can either be bridged by hitch-hiking down Highway 4, or we can hike South into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness to connect the TYT and PCT via the Highland Lakes Trail.
Highland Lakes Trail Map
We don't even have to leave the Tahoe Basin
It's nice backpacking around the Desolation Wilderness and Meiss Country Roadless Area in the Tahoe Basin. We could spend a lifetime exploring this single wilderness. But I like to push South from the North end of the High Sierra down to its South end to exit the Sierra through the Whitney Portal, so that's what we are going to do.
But you don't have to.
Backpackers wishing to remain in the Tahoe Basin can turn a big loop around Desolation Wilderness, or turn an even bigger loop around the whole Lake Tahoe Basin on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
There is an infinity of detail surrounding each step in the Sierra. We can stretch out length and blur detail, or we can slow down the pace and increase the details.
Wisdom is knowing which approach is best for us at each time and place, and having the fitness and skills to apply it.
Hikers unwilling to bite off the whole TYT or PCT across the North Sierra can break down its length down into the wilderness areas between the Trans-Sierra Highways, and either hike each of them as a section or a loop.
3 Representative Trailheads
Or Pick Your Own!
SOUTH of the TAHOE BASIN
TWO + ROUTE OPTIONS
Besides these three trailhead options out of Lake Tahoe we also have two major route options to choose from hiking South through the Northern Sierras from Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows.
TYT & PCT
This trail guide covers both the Tahoe to Yosemite and the Pacific Crest Trail routes from the Lake Tahoe Basin to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. I discuss the differences between the PCT and TYT on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Guide Page.
We also cover the trails connecting the TYT and PCT between Tahoe and Yosemite. These trails connecting the PCT and TYT offer backpackers a wide range of alternative long distance routes across the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness, as well as open up a wide range of local loops remaining within these wilderness areas.
Read, or add your own hiker's comments about
Trail Section #1 and the Trail Segments it contains
Top of Page