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Peter's Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report June 2014 sticky icon

Peter just completed an early season snow-hiking trip along the Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route.

Peter was kind enough to not just do an email interview, but to provide full and informative answers, descriptions, and even some fine pictures.

This is a very early season trip, and describes snow travel conditions that should only be attempted by experienced expert backpackers with excellent snow travel and navigation skills.

May 24 2014 to ?
About 184 miles

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Scott's Summit City Creek Trail Report June 2014 sticky icon

Thanks for all of your help and suggestions concerning the TYT section from
Carson Pass to Lake Alpine. All of it was very helpful and we allotted enough time to
experience this beautiful country on our second foray into the wilderness.

Route Finding
The trail was a challenge in many ways. Staying the course was an on-going
issue after the Upper Ford. We got off the trail early but got to see some
fantastic cascading waterfalls along the SCC through some granite open area.

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Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking: Crabtree to Gem Lake, Deer Lake, and More sticky icon

A fantastic  4 day Backpacking Trip into the Emigrant Wilderness from trailhead East of Pinecrest Lake near Highway 108.

Peter describes food resources there and back, roads, fishing, trail culture and terrain descriptions that make this a fantastic description of a fantastic backpacking trip.

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Kingsbury/ NV 207 2014-2015 Summer Construction sticky icon

Cayenne posted up this important-informative notice of upcoming long term work on Nevada Highway 207, Kingsbury Grade. THANKS!

Kingsbury Grade connects the South end of the Carson Valley with the Southeast corner of South Lake Tahoe. Kingsbury Grade hits the Tahoe shore a bit South of Stateline in South Lake Tahoe. There's a road map showing Kingsbury Grade at just above Cayenne's original post. Kingsbury Grade is at the top of the map.

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Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act sticky icon

A backpacker's perspective and support for the


Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act
  H. R. 3606

  Conclusions of Analysis
FULL Support for HR 3606, below

Informative Links

Full Text of HR 3606

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Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Kids & Adult Horse Camps, Summer 2013 & 2014 sticky icon

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station has a Kid's Horse Camp?

2014 brings Kid and Adult horsepacking Schools

I can't think of a better way to show kids the balance of responsibility, fun, trail skills, camp skills, horses, and mules than Kennedy Meadows Pack Station putting on a Kid's Horse Camp. Apparently science agrees too...

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Toiyabe National Forest, A Historical Compilation sticky icon

History of the Toiyabe National Forest, A Compilation

A Must Read!

At least the first few pages. Here we find one of the best summations of the early history of Western trappers, explorers, settlers, and government surveyors exploring and probing the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

This informative early history of the Sierra Nevada gives all hikers an excellent general historical context.

The following Toiyabe National Forest history Compilation is an interesting and very informative document that is as obscure as informative.

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High Sierra & California Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions, temps, sats, radar sticky icon

Here's the Best Weather Information available for anyone traveling to, backpacking  through, hiking or skiing across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, or the Western United States. All weather reports and forecasts can be expanded to cover California and National weather conditions.

Very Important Weather Information
The Current "Hot" Topic

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Noble Canyon Backpacking Toiyabe National Forest

Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.

Steve at base of giant juniper tree in Noble Canyon.

 This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.

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Footbridge route from Woods Lake to Winnemucca Lake, CPMA

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We have three potential backpacking routes to the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite Trail exiting the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap. The Eastern route follows the PCT down to and through Carson Pass to bend West towards Round Top Lake and the TYT via Winnemucca Lake. The other two backpacking routes up to the TYT involve hiking down towards Woods Lake, from where we will pick either the footbridge route or the Lost Cabin Mine Trail route to the trail junction at Round Top Lake.

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