Re: [John Muir Trail] A week on the JMT...need advice
There is a lovely loop route up into the Minarettes west of the JMT between Garnet Lake and Reds Meadow. The trail goes west, leaving the JMT a little before Shadow Lake, then runs up to Ediza, Iceburg, and Cecile Lakes. I'm told this is serious bear territory up here. Then it's a short cross country (down a scree slope) to Minaret Lake. You pick up trail again there and walk east along Minaret Creek, meeting the JMT in Johnston Meadows just NW of Minaret Falls, and follow the JMT from there into Reds Meadow.
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Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 6:20 PM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] A week on the JMT...need advice
My buddy and I will be on the trail for a week in mid August. We wil leave Tuolumne
Meadows and head South on the JMT. We will exit into Mammoth at the end of the week.
I was thinking we may get as far South as Virginia Lake and would head back to Mammoth
over Duck Pass.
We don't have a specific distance we are trying to cover and are open to side trips along
the way. The more I am investigating the more I am concluding that the area West of
Mammoth can be quite crowded with folks on day hikes and short trips.
To avoid the crowds and have a more enjoyable wilderness experience I am considering
whether we should a) stay north and East of Garnet Lake and explore the many different
areas up thereor b) blow though the Ediza/Shadow Lakes and Mammoth/Devils Postpile
area and get South of the crowds.
Someone who knows the area...please advise.
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