660Re: [John Muir Trail] (unknown)
- Apr 28, 2004Now that's what I call getting an early start! If you
start from Yosemite you'll probably have the whole
trail to yourselves. It's about 90 miles to Vermilion
from the valley and the resort may not be open when
you arrive in May. But if it is, you'll surely have
'run-of-house' because the PCT'ers will still be 3 or
4 weeks south. Instead of the first beer being free,
you'll probably get the first 6-pack free! I read in
an earlier posting on this site that the resort has a
web site that you may be able to find thru google.
They may be at the resort when you reach that area but
if they are I seriously doubt if they will have
shuttle boat in operation. Try to contact them before
you start to avoid a long hike around the lake (and
back) that doesn't pan out.
I personally have never been on the trail that early
in the season but portions will surely be snow-covered
with big-time snow hanging in the passes, especially
on the north sides. As a minimum you will need
compass, good maps,excellent route-finding skills, and
be in excellent physical condition. I read that the
recently deceased California photographer Galen Rowell
once did a winter traverse of the JMT on skies but to
date I haven't run across any write-up on that trip.
Good luck on it! You're in for a real treat, and NO
mosquito's! (Well, maybe a few at the end so you'll
need to pack a little deet.) If you're successfully
or not please post a trip report. I for one would be
interested in learning what you encountered that early
in the season on the JMT.
--- Kathryn Throolin <kthroolin@...> wrote:
> Hey I just received an email saying that I have been=====
> accepted into the John Muir trail groups. My freind
> and I want to do the trail early May 12 to June 4.
> We have transportation. We are excited and a little
> We will bring snow shoes and skiis and decide which
> to use when we get there. We hope that the
> Vermillion resort will be open.
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