Re: Any suggestions for hiking nearby but not from Tuolumne Meadows to Whitney Portal -- what alternative TH would you recommend?
- Get a permit from Humbolt-Toiyabe from Virginia Lakes Trailhead near Bridgeport, CA. I don't know how many miles a day he hikes, but the total miles starting from there and picking up the JMT at TM is almost identical to the miles you do on the JMT from Happy Isles to Whitney Portal, minus the crowds and Yosemite permit hassles! The hike from Glen Aulin to TM is very nice, but a bit sandy in parts. I will look into the mileage, but I believe it is in the 21 - 24 mile
range. We did it in one night one year, but YMMV.
Edit - The mileage for this route is 22.9 miles. elevation gain is, (significantly lower than the 6000' or so from HI to TM, is 3462', and the scenery is very nice.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...> wrote:
> Any suggestions for hiking nearby but not from Tuolumne Meadows to Whitney
> Portal -- what alternative TH would you recommend?
> You know we have a file library of alternative TH Start Options here:
> I have a friend who hiked with me last year on the JMT who wants to start
> at Tuolumne Meadows and then onto Whitney Portal but got turned down on his
> preferred start day. Any ideas on other trailhead starts that put in the
> same number of miles and gets him on the JMT by at least day 5 or 6? He's
> done the JMT all the way down to Lower Palidades Lake and doesn't care
> where he starts on the JMT just so that he can start nearby and ease into
> the altitude and not be totally on a trail without ever meeting any people
> for days on end. Plus I know he'll want to be on a trail that is visible
> (not a bushwhack). It's okay if for a day or two the trail is unpopular
> and hardly traveled.
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