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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Remote Tehipite Valley on 08/12/2010 17:42:11 MDT Print View

Any friends been to Tehipite Valley this season starting from the Rancheria TH? I am concerned about the 1 million switch backs down to the valley..Its a unmaintained trail about 12 miles from the TH.

Edited by Creachen on 08/12/2010 17:57:41 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Remote Tehipite Valley, Kings Canyon on 08/13/2010 08:13:48 MDT Print View

Need a trip report: BUMP

Ben Crowell
(bcrowell) - F

Locale: Southern California
try highsierratopix.com ? on 08/13/2010 09:00:38 MDT Print View

There are some folks on highsierratopix.com who are pretty knowledgeable about the area. I posted there myself, asking for info about it, and got some good responses in this thread: http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5324

If you go there and get an answer to your question, it would be great if you could give us a summary here. I don't check highsierratopix very often, and I'd like to know the answer to your question.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Tehipite Valley to VVR on 08/13/2010 16:14:48 MDT Print View

Thanks Ben for the link...I went through a lot of threads but found no info on the 3,000 ft descent to the valley. I was there in 2002--That area is spectacular just like Yosemite Valley but REMOTE----no roads uproach it. I am heading out there on 8/27 going to the JMT coming out at VVR 9/5--6 Days--90 miles...Because it is so remote not that many people are aware of Tehipite--That's a good thing!

Edited by Creachen on 08/13/2010 17:02:02 MDT.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Re: Tehipite Valley to VVR on 08/13/2010 17:30:15 MDT Print View

its on my snowshoe list. Give us a full report!

Ben Crowell
(bcrowell) - F

Locale: Southern California
Re: Tehipite Valley to VVR on 08/13/2010 19:12:57 MDT Print View

Jay, I was suggesting that you post there and ask the question. I went ahead and quoted your question to them: http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5324&p=33352&hilit=tehipite#p33352

Edited by bcrowell on 08/13/2010 19:23:03 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Teihipite Valley to VVR on 08/13/2010 19:33:01 MDT Print View

My bad Ben-Thanks for asking the question..I will check out any replies....

Elleyne Beals
(tahomus) - M

Locale: Not usually at home.
Re: Remote Tehipite Valley on 08/22/2010 15:04:08 MDT Print View

I did it last year. The trail is in good shape; a side-effect from the fire crews on the trail?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Remote Tehipite Valley on 08/22/2010 15:27:34 MDT Print View

That's good to know Elleyne- I am heading out there this coming week..My main concern was the 3,500 ft descent to Tehipite valley from the rim near Gnat Valley. What a view!!!!!!!

Thanks--Jay

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Please report back on 08/23/2010 09:25:18 MDT Print View

Please report back to us after your trip, Jay.

I'd be curious if this is a good late-season trip, if the waterfalls are still flowing well, etc.

- Elizabeth

T Schaefer
(shamrockshake) - F
Re: Remote Tehipite Valley on 08/29/2010 21:34:05 MDT Print View

This is my first post in this forum :)

I did the trip to Tehipite Valley a few years ago. The switchbacks are exhausting for sure. Also, we encountered 2 rattlesnakes on the way down and then the last third of the trail was covered in leaves and some gravel which also made it slippery. The trip back up the switchbacks was actually a lot easier.

There's a book, a true story, that centers on what happens down the switchbacks to Tehipite Valley. It's called "Angels in the Wilderness". I haven't read it but saw it at REI. Anyway, I'm sure your trip will be incident-free, unlike that of the author :)