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1796Re: [John Muir Trail] South Lake entry reservation

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  • Prapanna Smith
    Jan 28, 2008
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      Starting at North Lake and doing the loop counterclockwise to South
      Lake.

      On Jan 27, 2008, at 10:50 PM, Barbara Karagosian wrote:

      > Would you recommend starting at North or South Lake, due to trail
      > conditions? Barbara
      >
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      >
      > From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com]
      > On Behalf Of Prapanna Smith
      > Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 10:36 PM
      > To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] South Lake entry reservation
      >
      > We parked at South Lake and got a ride to the North Lake Trailhead
      > where we started
      > our hike.
      >
      > Prapanna
      >
      > On Jan 27, 2008, at 9:02 PM, Barbara Karagosian wrote:
      >
      > > Prapanna - did you go in at North Lake and are you suggesting we go
      > > in at
      > > South Lake, or vice versa! I got confused. Thanks, Barbara
      > >
      > > _____
      > >
      > > From: johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
      > yahoogroups.com
      > > [mailto:johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
      > yahoogroups.com]
      > > On Behalf Of clairehiker
      > > Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 8:25 PM
      > > To: johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
      > yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] South Lake entry reservation
      > >
      > > Thank you for the specific info. Sounds like we will start at North
      > > Lake.
      > > Claire
      > >
      > > --- In johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > yahoogroups.com, Prapanna Smith <prapanna@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > The trail we are speaking of was unmaintained: very rocky, lots of
      > > > downed trees, with one
      > > > very big downed tree near about a half mile or a quarter mile from
      > > > the JMT junction. It was
      > > > probably the worst trail I have ever hiked over 25 years of
      > treking
      > > > the Sierras.
      > > >
      > > > We actually drove up from San Diego, got our permit, parked our
      > > truck
      > > > at South Lake, hitched
      > > > a ride to North Lake, and started the hike all in the same day.
      > The
      > > > road to North Lake was
      > > > quite narrow and there is no parking at the North Lake Trailhead
      > > > campgrounds. If you park
      > > > at North Lake you have to park about a half mile or so from the
      > > > trailhead and then walk to it.
      > > > But then you have to hitch a ride from South Lake at the end of
      > your
      > > > hike to get back to your
      > > > car. It's better to do the hitching before your hike rather than
      > > > after it.
      > > >
      > > > Prapanna
      > > >
      > > > On Jan 27, 2008, at 4:09 PM, clairehiker wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > I'm wondering how you describe "poor condition." Was the trail
      > > > > rocky, not easy to find, of
      > > > > steep elevation? I was planning to do the south lake-north lake
      > > > > trip but may also reverse
      > > > > my direction on your advice. Did you camp at North Lake the
      > night
      > > > > before you started?
      > > > > How far is the camp from the trailhead? Does there seem to be
      > > > > adequate traihead parking?
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
      > > yahoogroups.com, Prapanna Smith <prapanna@>
      > > > > wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Barbara,
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I did that hike last year.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I would strongly urge you to do that hike in the other
      > > direction.
      > > > > > The trail between
      > > > > > Hutchinson Meadow and the bridge crossing at the boundary
      > of the
      > > > > > Kings Canyon
      > > > > > Park is in very poor condition. You will enjoy hiking down it
      > > much
      > > > > > more than hiking
      > > > > > up it. You should be able to get a permit the day of the
      > > hike, or
      > > > > > get a reservation
      > > > > > well in advance.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Prapanna
      > > > > >
      > > > > > On Jan 26, 2008, at 11:41 AM, Barbara Karagosian wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > > I'm planning a South lake trailhead entry in early August,
      > > hiking
      > > > > > > round Dusy
      > > > > > > basin, Le Conte, Muir Pass, Evolution, Piute creek and
      > out at
      > > > > North
      > > > > > > Lake. I
      > > > > > > know I can get a reservation 6 months ahead. does anyone
      > > know if
      > > > > > > it's best
      > > > > > > to be on the phone to the reservation desk at 8am the first
      > > day
      > > > > > > possible to
      > > > > > > call in, or is it better to send in an application? I'm
      > > used to
      > > > > > > dealing
      > > > > > > with reservations at Tuolumne, but not other stations.
      > > Thanks so
      > > > > > > much -
      > > > > > > Barbara
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