- Jan 6View Source
It's really an altitude thing. I just did 3800 ft up Mt Diablo in the SF Bay Area, 4-6 miles and it is easy compare to the hike from TM to Lyle Creek Bridge. The difference is the altitude. If your Main trip is under 4000 ft you will really notice the climb to 9000+ ft to Lyle Creek.
I hiked in Baxter S.P. and done Katadyn a few times. Hiked the JMT in 2012.
It's really apples and oranges. Baxter State park is more rugged but you'll have to deal with elevation and your pack weight on that trip from Tuolumne to Red's on a well graded trail.
If you've backpacked overnight in Maine recently and your knees can take it and you take you time, you should be ok. The scenery in that section( tuolumne to Reds) is wonderful, particularly just before and after Donahue pass and around Thousand Is. and Garnet lakes.
You will encounter more people as this area is more accessible to backpackers out for just a few days.
Hope this helps.