My longtime hiking and climbing partner Alan Dixon and I have wondered for years why the Sierra High Route doesn't extend south to the highest peaks in the Sierra. So last winter we got out the maps and devised our own route - weaving across the Sierra Crest for 100 miles, off trail as much as possible. We found a route that crosses the Sierra Crest 7 times and includes 11 mountain passes above 12000 feet. The route is significantly higher, more remote, more challenging and more beautiful than the John Muir Trail, which it parallels for most of its length. It turned out to be even better than we hoped - and is arguably more enjoyable than the Wind River High Route we put together last year.
We are happy to provide the full details, maps, photos and logistics for anyone that wants to get out there and do it. Here are all the details of the Southern Sierra High Route. It's also linked from my Routes and Maps page.