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34705RE: [John Muir Trail] Re: Fences on Trail?

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  • Jim Ringland
    Aug 27, 2013
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      A while back I was in McClure Meadow (Evolution Valley) and ended up chatting one evening with a packer who was supporting some park service work up at the Muir Hut.   Very interesting guy with some experiences that hikers may not get.  He was real interested to know if all the gates we saw coming in were closed.  He once had to chase his stock from McClure all the way down to the bridge across the South Fork of the San Joaquin down at the Goddard Canyon junction ... and then lead them back up.  He wasn't eager to repeat that. 

      Jim Ringland


      From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dittli-Goethals
      Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 8:36 PM
      To: JMT Yahoo Group
      Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Re: Fences on Trail?



      Some hikers will leave the gates open for various reasons, they should always be closed. If a packer arrives via a different trail, they don't check all the gates before letting the stock graze. If gates are left open, stock can wander off in some cases all the way back to the pack station. In other cases they can wander into fragile places there not supposed to be.


      On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM, Bill Heiser <bill@...> wrote:

      I was wondering ... what is the protocol for closing these gates?  I figured "leave it as I found it" is probably best. 




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