27280Re: Tuolomne permit
- Feb 12, 2013John,
I agree with you but just wondering why you only think Rafferty Creek is a loophole while Happy Isles->Illilouette isn't, or Glacier Point->Illilouette too. To me it seems almost an identical situation.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John" wrote:
> I think one can file for a JMT permit starting at Rafferty Creek. I
> still don't think that is what the Rafferty Creek permit is intended
> for. As stated, I believe it is intended for those wishing to visit
> places other than the Lyell Fk (JMT), that is why they have a split
> issue, even though it starts a the same TH. As the JMT gets more
> popular, and people get more "creative" in the permit process, it
> ultimately effects other users not doing the JMT.
> Imagine (as you and I have discussed), that Half Dome hikers start
> applying for JMT permits just so they can do Half Dome. That will/does
> have a significant impact on those wanting a legitimate HI JMT permit.
> This is one of the reasons I don't think a Half Dome permit should be
> included in a JMT issue.
> I'm not trying to lay a guilt trip on anyone, but as an ex-ranger, just
> spelling out the big picture. Using Rafferty Creek isn't really a
> different trailhead/approach like Mono Pass, but rather a loop(hole).
> Beyond that, I can say I've hiked Rafferty Creek many times. It is a
> heavily traveled horse trail used for stocking Volgelsang. In many
> places it is paved with cobbles that get covered with sand and really
> not that much fun going down; up is fine. It is steep in the beginning
> but then kind of levels. After the turnoff to Evelyn it is much better
> and very scenic.
> JDWalk the Sky: Following the John Muir Trailsee book here
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