Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. Forums cover Sierra trails and
backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and on the trail. Ask questions. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip here. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney.
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.
High Sierra & California Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions, temps, sats, radar
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
This page tracks Updates, Information, and News about the social effects of Christopher Mc Candless' death and tracks the "Into the Wild" social phenomen among urban folk, and the revulsion of country folk at this romantization.
Background: Christopher McCandless caused his own foolish and unnecessary death in 1992 by not having the experience, gear, or preperation for his Alaskan Wilderness "quest."
This is the page for comments, questions, and scouting reports from the section of the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails from Glen Aulin to Tuolumne Meadow.
A comments link is located at the bottom of this page. Your impressions of this section of trail will inform future hikers looking for information.
These are our final 5.6 miles along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail. The TYT route ends at Tuolumne Meadows. Arriving at Tuolumne Meadows will put our mileage hiking South from Meeks Bay at around 181 miles.
Alex, Searching the site for any trail notes for a first-timer (hopefully me) doing a day trip up Whitney from the portal...has anything been built on the site yet...while you are recuperating? (I tried to post this under forum topic but my access is denied.
Friday December 13 2013 was a lucky day for Tahoe to Whitney.
Alex Wierbinski, the backpacker behind the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide and forum projects, was heard on National Public Radio's Insight, "A daily, in-depth interview program providing context and background to the issues that face our region." Alex was one of host Beth Ruyak's three guests discussing the hazards of Winter travel and dealing with emergency Wintertime situations.
Snags are standing dead trees. Backpackers interact with snags in a number of ways. The most common is hiking by or through them. Next comes camping in proximity to snags, and finally we find fallen snags providing bridges over narrow necks of surprizingly wide rivers. Occassionally we find ourselves climbing a wall of downed snags like a jungle gym.