1207Re: [John Muir Trail] rides
- Mar 2, 2006--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vera Lehmkuhl <vjl_47@...> wrote:
>Ranch we thought was the ability to resupply before you go into that
> When we were planning last year the only reason to stop at Muir
last LONG stretch carrying 9 million pounds of food. Where else can
you resupply? I know some have said they hike a side trail to
somewhere but I can't figure out where...and if its to the parking lot
of that trail ...how do you guarantee a ride down and back to the trail?
>A lot of people on the PCT use the Post Office at Independence for
resupply. People come out of Rae lakes going Sobo cross Glenn Pass and
go directly up to Kersage Lakes. NoBO you are coming from Upper
Viddete. If your timings are right on you can camp at KL and start
down early morning to Onion Valley and hitch a ride to Independence.
Go to the P.O. and back up kersage in one day. I did this some years
back and just left most of my gear with a friend at the campsite and
went down with an empty pack. He spent the day fishing. Of course you
must be sure the P.O. is open and not a Sunday or Holiday. There are
also motels in Independence that cater to hikers . Some provide
shuttle to/from Onion valley but really it is a easy hitch. There is
also a small expensive store there that doesn't really stock that much
for hikers. A lot of through hikers will opt to go to Bishop which
has a major supermarket (Ralph's) or to Lone Pine which has a smaller
one. Not much for food there other than a Subway Sandwich shop and a
very good but expensive restaurant. But really if doing the JMT you
are pretty close to the end of the line. Just 3-4 days or less to the
Portal. A lot of times you will find hikers just dying to rid
themselves of extra food weight who will give you all you need.
You might also check with the packers at the stables at Onion Valley.
A lot of times people just leave extra stuff with them, particularly
extra fuel as people can't take it with them on airplanes.
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