Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. 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. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.
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Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.
Mount Whitney in a Day
P, of M & P who publish BackpacktheSierra, sent in this fantastic trip report of their recent very early Spring backpacking trip off the recently opened (March 28 2015) Glacier Point Road above Yosemite Valley.
Here's M's report on these very unusual Spring conditions:
Over the years hiking South from Tahoe to Whitney I've had the pleasure to meet a lot of Northbound PCT hikers.
Though many of these encounters are fleeting, they can be deeply rewarding and satisfying. I've met a whole lot of amazing folks over the years.
One of those folks is Dave Bewley, a section hiker out of Florida. Well, let's let Dave tell us about it.
Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.
Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.
Let's let Peter tell it:
The massive drought of 2011 through 2015 is drawing backpacker's attention to the High Sierra Trails earlier and earlier in Spring every year.
The question of when the trails will open for Summertime backpacking from Echo Summit to Ebbetts Pass is broached by Ty in the permits section.
Check out Ty's inquiry and my response beneth.
Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum
This is the comments, questions, and supplemental information catch-all page for the Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum.
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This is the supplemental information, references, and comments page for the Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trails.
In this same forum we will explore the loops and alternative routes along this section of the trail, such as the North-South and Rae Lakes Loops.
This forum and the South end of the guide below Tuolumne Meadows are under construction. The trails above are in draft form.
Miles and Elevations
I have hit the Whitney Portal four times at the end of John Muir Trail hikes at 2;30 pm, had a Portal Burger at Doug's, then caught a ride down to Lone Pine with Doug three of the four times.
I am going to eat some more in Lone Pine, then either hitch-hike up to the Hot Springs just South of Bishop if I can't get a ride up to spend a night in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacker's camp.
Next time through the Whitney Portal I'm going to spend a night at Doug's Hostel specialized for long-distance backpackers down in Lone Pine.