8232Re: [John Muir Trail] Best late season dates?
- Apr 1, 2010Thank you for the reminder about the shortening days. I hadn't thought about that. The older I get, the longer it takes me to get moving.
--- In email@example.com, Peter Burke <pburke@...> wrote:
> Curtis wrote:
> > Yeah, resupply is always the fly in the ointment, eh? I'm lucky I like
> > trout so much. I'll be doing a loop through the Golden Trout
> > Wilderness(shh, there's never any crowds down there) early on to
> > figure out how many days worth of food I can carry; after that, I
> > guess it's just shut up, enjoy the jerky, and keep moving.
> you can easily resupply at Mammoth - as long as there is no snow, you
> should be able to hitch a ride to town. VVR is usually open until
> October 15, possibly later. Then there's Mono Hot Springs Post office
> near VVR that may be another option for even later supply, but it takes
> you off the trail so far that you will probably hike past it to Florence
> Lake and cut out the Bear Ridge to Muir Ranch section of the JMT. I've
> done that once and it works well, even if you can't hitch-hike (in
> October after VVR closes you won't see a lot of cars up there).
> The one thing I didn't like last September and which will keep me from
> doing many more late season hikes was the lack of daylight. Days are so
> short that you have to do a lot of stuff in the dark. It also gets
> pretty cold at elevation, although nothing serious if you have the
> proper gear. Layering your clothes becomes an art - last September temps
> went from 25 in the morning to 75 in the afternoon and then dropped down
> to 40 at 7pm as soon as the sun was behind the western ranges. Ice on
> the tent at 6am, still totally dark, water frozen in the canteen...
> I'd bet that many of the higher lakes will freeze in October and remain
> frozen all day, so your trout fishing options could be more limited.
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