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1867Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: Getting to and from the trail

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  • Bob Bankhead
    Mar 4, 2008
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      Actually, if the goal is to get from Lone Pine to Yosemite NP, it is quite simple.

      From Lone Pine, you have two bus options.

      1. The CREST bus runs one round-trip between Ridgecrest and Mammoth Lakes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. See the schedule at http://www.countyofinyo.org/transit/CRESTpage.htm

      It leaves Statham Hall in Lone Pine at 2:50 pm, arriving Mammoth Lakes Mcdonald's (next door to the Shilo Inn) at 4:50 pm. you'll have to stay overnight in Mammoth Lakes. The next morning, catch the YARTS bus at Mcdonald's at 7:20 am, getting to Tuolumne Meadows store at 9:05 am and Yosemite Valley Visitors' Center at 10:05 am. http://www.yarts.com/schedule/2007/Summer120E.pdf

      OPTION 2: the lesser of the 2

      The INYO bus runs Monday through Friday, leaving Statham Hall in Lone Pine at 6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 5:00 pm, arriving Bishop K-Mart at
      7:40 am, 9:40 am, and 6:10 pm. http://www.countyofinyo.org/transit/bishop_lonepine.htm

      From Bishop, catch the CREST bus into Mammoth Lakes. On M, W, and F it leaves the terminal at 201 S. Warren at 3:50 pm, into Mammoth Mcdonalds at 4:50 pm. On M, Tues, Thurs, and Frid, it leaves the same terminal at 7:00 am, into Mammopth McDonalds at 7:50 am.

      From Bishop to Mammoth, you can also take the INYO bus twice daily (see http://www.inyocounty.us/transit/Bishop%20to%20Mammoth%20Commuter%20page.htm)

      From Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite, you have only the YARTS bus listed in option 1. http://www.yarts.com/schedule/2007/Summer120E.pdf

      Note that the CREST bus also runs from Mammoth McDonalds directly to the Reno airport on M, Tu, Thur, and Frid. Leaves Mammoth at 7:20 am, arrive Reno at 11:45 am. Fly home from there. You could also reverse that, fly into Reno, take CREST to Mammoth Lakes and Yarts to Yosemite. You don't have to start at San Francisco or LA - unless you live there.

      Wandering Bob

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