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There will be water up high...just not as much as usual. IT's a very strange year. Snow level right now in Yosemite is 8500 feet. That's normal,...for about June.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Record Low Snow Year - Water in the Sierras?
March 17, 8:03pm

22 miles a day?
Since nobody else has raised this issue, I will. 22 miles a day is a lot of miles for the HST. Are you counting the first day as a 22 mile day? Because going up Copper Creek and continuing on fo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » SEKI cross country questions
March 16, 7:34pm

"I have not had my permit checked even once in the last 3 years in the Sierra. most trips I never even see a ranger out there. just sayin' ..." I agree. But then, I don't hi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Permit legality when resupplying
March 14, 8:11am

Your permit from Yosemite allows you to hike into Emigrant, just as your permit in Emigrant allows you to hike into Yosemite. WE often get a permit through the Hoover Wilderness, on the east side,...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Permit legality when resupplying
March 13, 6:33pm

It does, indeed, depend
Please note that in Yosemite National Park, you cannot leave the wilderness and then re-enter it with the same permit. That's what the regulations say. Hikers on the JMT can stop for a re-sup...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Permit legality when resupplying
March 12, 10:39pm

We've only done one trip to Henry you've got us motivated to do another. But my guess is that those flowers weren't literally exploding. More likely they were blooming in ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking in Henry Coe - Bass fishing from Packrafts on Mississippi Lake
March 03, 5:44am

Since you mentioned solitude as a goal, I would avoid the major route from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley~nor does it have great fishing~unless you add in the lakes off trail above Washburn. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierras Newbie
March 03, 5:36am

Depends on a lot of things...
I'm a cyclist, and I like a cadence of about 95-100 on the bike. My hiking cadence feels a little slower than that--but I've never measured it. A quick calculation shows me that if I take...

In Philosophy & Technique » hiking cadence
March 01, 8:57pm

You can always get permits for the SIerra--just not necessarily exactly the permit you want. You could start hiking north of Yosemite and hike down through the park quite easily (Leavitt Meadows, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 01, 8:54pm

that's the one that got my attention!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite celebration
February 27, 4:04pm

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