The Theodore Solomons Trail is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and the Sierra National Forest. From the northern terminus at Glacier Point in Yosemite and the southern terminus located at Horseshoe Meadow, the trail’s official length is 271.3 miles (436.6 km). For almost all of its length, the trail is in the Middle Sierra backcountry and wilderness areas.
The trail was developed by Dennis R. Gagnon in 1974 as a lower elevation alternative to the popular John Muir Trail which it runs largely parallel to. The trail was named for the explorer Theodore Solomons.
With all the snow and treacherous conditions in the High Sierra, the PCT Hikers at Kennedy Meadows were posting on Facebook asking for ways around the High Sierra. Ken Murray, Chairman of the Board for Wilderness Corps suggested that if the TST was clear then this unofficial trail would be a great way to avoid the High Sierra and still progress up to Yosemite and that is how Wilderness Corps has become involved.
The official TST route is said to be 271 miles long, however, the current route map at only 221 Miles.
Wilderness Corps is focusing on the “bad sections” of the TST, first. We are planning on scouting out the 10.81-mile section between Heitz Meadow and Rattlesnake Crossing Section this year. According to the USFS, they have had a lot of complaints from TST hikers about this section. This section is far worse than the climb out of the Tehipite Valley in Kings Canyon National Park.
In order, for Wilderness Corps to be successful in clearing this section of USFS Trail 24E08 this year we need people to sign-up and then show-up for our trips. You can register as a Wilderness Corps Volunteer here. Our trips are listed on our Meet-up site. Please understand that the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is our main priority along with the trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness around the Mono Hotsprings Area. Once we complete our primary responsibilities we can evaluate the TST and the feasibility of starting work on this section later in 2017. We have Trail Scouts going into this section of the TST this month. We will post their findings on this website after we have compiled all this information.
If you’re a fan or a supporter of the Theodore Solomons Trail then please consider volunteering with Wilderness Corps. We cannot do this without a lot of support from our volunteers. Wilderness Corps is a not for profit company that has been clearing trails in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness since 2013. During the winter, we migrate to the Mount Pinos District of the Los Padres Forest and maintain the Piedra Blanca Trail which is a National Recreation Trail as well.