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Starting

TYT & PCT
West Lake Tahoe Basin


28.71 miles

Across
Desolation Wilderness

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Meeks Bay
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PCT & TYT
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28.71 miles

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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 Lakes.
Busiest Wilderness in America.

Highway 89 Trailhead to Highway 50.

 

3E
Pacific Crest Trail


27.88 miles

Backpacking
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Mokelumne Wilderness

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Carson Pass
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PCT

Eastern
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27.88 miles

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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 Forestdale 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.

 

4E
Pacific Crest Trail

29.44 miles

Backpacking
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Ebbetts Pass
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Sonora Pass

PCT

Eastern
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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.

 

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19.22 miles

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Emigrant Wilderness

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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

 
 
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12 miles

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Meiss Country Roadless Area

Echo Summit
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12 miles

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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.

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3W
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21.15 miles

Backpacking
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Mokelumne Wilderness

Carson Gap
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Lake Alpine

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Western
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21.15 miles

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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.

 

4W
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

34.28 miles

Backpacking
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Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Lake Alpine
to
Saint Marys Pass

TYT

BIG
Carson Iceberg Wilderness
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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.


 

5W
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

16.91 miles

Backpacking
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Emigrant Wilderness

Kennedy Meadows
Pack Station

to the
South Bond Pass
Trail Junction

TYT

BIG
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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


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PCT & TYT
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North Yosemite Backcountry


South Bond Pass
Trail Junction
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Tuolumne Meadows

The Last Leg

54.58 miles
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We get to the South Bond Pass trail junction either via the PCT or TYT South from Highway 108.

The PCT
19.22 miles, South from Sonora Pass. See above Right.

The TYT
16.91 miles, South from Kennedy Meadows Pack Station. See above-right, but not as far above.

 

Notes
The PCT finally crosses onto the Western Flank of the Sierra by crossing Dorothy Lake Pass into the top of Jack Main Canyon.
A short ways down-canyon it joins the TYT at the SOUTH BOND PASS TRAIL JUNCTION for the remainder of the hike to Tuolumne Meadows, with the short exception of the TYT route's last variation around Tilden Lake.

Our PCT route will stay on the West Flank of the Sierra down to and past where we join the JMT South of Tuolumne Meadows.

Our combined PCT-JMT route crosses over to the East Flank hiking Southbound out of the South end of Yosemite through Donohue Pass.

Highways 108, 395, and 120

 

Highway 108
to
Tuolumne Meadows
PCT and TYT

Note the complete distance hiking from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows along the PCT is
73.8 miles

Backpacking from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows along the TYT is
71.49 miles.

The real difference between these two trails is that the PCT route begins along the Sierra Crestline while the TYT route climbs up to the Sierra Crest from down-low on the Western Flank out of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

After following very different routes from Highway 108 both of our 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

 

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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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PCT Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Kennedy Meadows to Bond Pass
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Sonora Pass to Dorothy Lake Pass
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All Sierra Weather
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real-time temps.

 

December
2015

Planning

Looking for substantial gaps between projected storms.

 

Trans-Sierra Highways
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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

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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
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2017

FIRE REPORTS

National Fire Outlook

CalFire Incidents

INCIWEB

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.

 

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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
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LOOK QUITE GRIM in DECEMBER.

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

 

 

 

 

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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.

2016
Issues and Situation

April 17 2015

-- Freak Weather, Freak Weather around the World --

We just experienced a drought Winter during the biggest El Nino in human memory, and it barely left an average snowpack on the Sierra.

 

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 operational "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.

They ARE NOT Americans. It's that simple.

That would be the dark side of American history and the American personality. This genocidal force of mass greed must be subjugated to, and restrained by our "Higher Angels," our eternal mutual democratic values as specifically defined in our Constitution. It's that simple.

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.

Watch and Learn.

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 changing 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 disastrous 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 their scam.

Wealth and power determines outcomes in government, not democracy. 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 corporate-bribed political "leadership." Alternatives to their failed growth policies are doomed to fail within the current political processes dominated by corporate 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 disastrous situation and the cheaters who did it must be politically neutralized and harshly punished to preserve any future 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.

NO 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.

 

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