Would like to hear from anyone who has done any of the new Sierra Cascades route. I have been planning to do the section north from Lake Tahoe as part of my return from going down the coast but have reservations about the overall altitude and climbs as well as amenities/camping etc. For someone who hates hills and only has a summer rated sleeping bag it doesn't look like such a good idea.We did the southern part. We started in San Diego and flew home from Reno. So my knowledge of the northern part is mostly from the maps and a general knowledge of the area. That said the Northern part looks like the substantially easier part from a climbing perspective. There is still a lot of climbing though.
You can generally camp fairly low if you want. You may summit fairly high some days but there is no need to camp extremely high. So you can get by with a fairly moderate sleeping bag, depending on when you go.