The TYT, PCT, and TRT in the Lake Tahoe Basin
Starting from Meeks Bay our Tahoe to Yosemite Trail hikes the next 41.32 miles down the Sierra Crestline wrapping around the Western and Southwestern Shore of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
First we hike South across the length of Desolation Wilderness's grand granites to Highway 50. Crossing 50 we find granite now shrouded under dense forests, and we find the limit of the range of the granite terrain crossing the interface into the volcanic terrain wrapping around the Southern end of the Tahoe Basin.
11.5 miles South out of the Meeks Bay Trailhead our Tahoe to Yosemite Trail intersects with the routes of the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails. These three trails all hike South together through Desolation Wilderness above the West Shore of Tahoe down to the trail junction marking the center Meiss Country Roadless Area. Meiss Country is wedged into the Southwestern corner of the Tahoe Basin.
The TYT and PCT continue South together through the junction to exit the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap. The TRT turns Northeast here at Meiss Cabin, remaining within the Tahoe Basin for the hike up into the Carson Range along the Eastern Shore of the Tahoe Basin via the Big Meadow Trailhead.
Red Dots link to Trail Guide Entries
Note the red dots scattered along the black-dotted marked trail route on all the maps. These dots are links to the trail guide page entries for those locations.
Red Dots link to Detailed Maps
The black dots marking the trail routes on the 30 minute maps link to the detailed 7.5 minute maps for that area. Check out the labels on the maps for links to the maps North and South up and down our trails, as well as for more information about the trails.
There are also links to the forum, where you can add your comments and experiences to the trail guide citation for each location marked by a red dot on the topo hiking maps.
Each trail Guide page provides specific information about that particular location, including mileage and elevation information, nearby features, lots of pictures, some videos, a written description, and a link to the Trails Forum for that location.
The forum is
for you to add your input, hiking ideas, experiences, comments, questions and favorite hiking plans and places in that area.
The goal of the trail guide is to give you a basic familiarity with Sierra Terrain that you can build on as you hike, and invites you to share the information and experiences you generate, the insights you develop, as well as absorbing insight and information from this backpacking trail guide.
Vortext of Experience
When, how, and what you experience as you "find yourself" and your potential in the mountains generates noteable experiences as this wonderful transition adjusts, lets say bends or strengthens the mind, body, and spirit of backpackers into compliance with natural, rather than social standards.
This can be as mundane as a series of blisters, sore muscles, and the minor strains and pains of getting the body hard for the mountains as we apply ourselves to nature. In the background of this series of pains is the evolution of our personal experience as our struggle to complete challenging hikes consolidates into a well of enduring strength and capacity.
In the meantime our increasing strength and decreasing pain is giving us greater views
into the working of Nature in and around us.
We've got to look through a clear lens if we want a clear view.
Many perspectives and experiences about a trail builds much better understanding than a singular perspective. The comments links on each page lead to the forum for that specific location. Add your perspective.
Your addition of side trips, loops, scrambles, and just basic advice and shared experience about the places you are familiar makes for a better trail guide.