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27280Re: Tuolomne permit

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  • gkahn21
    Feb 12, 2013
      John,

      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 johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "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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