1292Re: [John Muir Trail] Yosemite Update
- Jun 9 4:56 PMWondering if someoen can help me. I have visited Yosemite several times, but I am looking for between a 3-5 day hike for an athletice but not experienced hiker. I prefer to not have to pack much cold related gear, I've hiked more deserts than anything.
I want to run into some, but not a lot of hikers and want to have taken home some great photos.
Any sure routes out there?
----- Original Message ----
From: Frank Martin <sriprank@...>
Sent: Friday, June 9, 2006 7:48:15 AM
Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Yosemite Update
--- In johnmuirtrail@ yahoogroups. com, "dive_hike" <dive_hike@. ..> wrote:
> This is an awesome section! Lyell Canyon is beautiful, and the
> lakes on the south side of Donohue pass are as nice as any in the
> There are a few trail junctions on the south side of Donohue - I've
> heard of hikers taking a wrong turn at Shadow Lake and ending up at
> Agnew Meadows. The trails can also get confusing in the Devil's
> Postpile area. Just bring a map, and its easy to figure out.
> Harrison's JMT maps work fine.
> My only complaint about this section is that the trail gets very
> dusty near Red's Meadow due to the horse traffic. No big deal.
> The people at Red's Meadow are very nice:
> http://redsmeadow. com/index. htm
> If anything, 5 days may be too much time - make sure you have other
> activities planned (fishing, photography, side trips, etc.).
> The climb out of Lyell Canyon is fairly easy for experienced hikers,
> but it could be a little strenuous for non-backpackers - especially
> if they pack too much (heavy) gear. I'd spend some time with your
> friends getting their pack weight down before you go.
> Light equals fun in backpacking! Also, there is plenty of water on
> this section, so there is no need to carry more than a few pounds of
> water at any time. Just stop and filter / purify more water.
> Finally, this is probably the most active bear section. Nothing to
> worry about - they just want your food - be prepared.
> Have a great time.
I agree with Dive here. Just go from TM to the campground the first
day. That will allow sometime to aclimate to the altitude for the
group. It is different for everybody. The trail is very, very wet
here. If your group are wearing boots be sure they are well sealed
and try and bring extra socks that dry fast. Between the wet trail
and the snow on Donohue you will have wet feet.
You have penty of time. You might want to do some side or day trips
out of the Thousand Island Lakes area. If you get a chance check out
'Sierra North' by Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press)
The main problem backpackers here have is weight. Depending on your
group size you will be carrying several bear cans. The garcias are
heavy so keep that factor in mind while you pack.
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