1117RE: [John Muir Trail] Stream crossings N of Muir Pass?
- Aug 20, 2005Dan,
I just completed the Bishop Pass - Muir Pass - Piute Pass loop (55 miles)
over the past 3 days and I had no problems with the ford of Evolution Creek.
I crossed it at 9:30 a.m. about 10 feet upstream of the trail. I crossed
with only a pair of socks on and the depth never exceeded my knees (I am 6'
tall). The current was not significant and with hiking sticks it was a very
simple crossing. During the five minutes that I spent drying my feet and
lacing up my boots, I watched 4 other "senior" hikers cross as well. They
choose to go upstream a bit further (25 yards or so). It was a bit
shallower there but the current was a bit stronger. They made it without
problems as well.
I thought I would share a bit more as well... Between the Bishop Pass/JMT
Junction and the Piute Pass/JMT Junction I crossed paths with at least 50
JMT south bounders. All indicated that they had run into some nasty weather
on Monday and Tuesday. Several folks indicated that Muir Pass received a
dusting of snow on Monday night as well. I also spoke with no less than 10
people on my way over Bishop Pass that were bailing off the trail as they
had had enough. Finally, although a second-hand report, one hiker told me
that he had run into several hikers that were going ultra light without
tents and were stranded high on Muir Pass on Tuesday night and were in poor
condition coming off the pass Wednesday morning. Again, I can not confirm
this as I did not run into them.
Mosquitoes? In 3 days, I only pulled out the 3M Ultrathon 30% deet and
head-net one time and that was at Hutchinson Meadows on the Piute Pass
trail. I didn't encounter a single mosquito at any other point in my 3
days. This was the first time I have brought along a head-net and I will
say that I will never hike in the Sierras without it. Simply incredible!
Take it easy.
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On Behalf Of Dan Gruber
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2005 7:59 AM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Stream crossings N of Muir Pass?
Friends and I are hiking Florence Lake to Muir Pass and back next
week. Does anyone have recent info about stream crossings, especially
Evo Creek? We have a couple of older folks who are very fit but not
agile. We'll take rope, sandals and extra socks. Anything else? Many
thanks for any info and advice.
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