[John Muir Trail] Exit question
- Anyone know what happens when you exit at WP earlier or later than what is stated on your permit?
Are you fined if are camping at Trail Camp a day earlier? I am asking this as a SOBO hiker not starting at WP. How on earth can the park service possibliy control for people who come out on a different day?
Thanks in advance for the insights!
SOBO, JMT 2013
- There are several campgrounds to choose from. It would help to know if you are coming from the West (SF/OAK/SJC/SMF) or the East (RNO/LAS/MMH).The TM campground tends to be very busy, especially on weekends. So you may need/want to try an alternative. On the west side, White Wolf (~7900 feet, 25 mi to TM) and Porcupine Creek (~8100 feet, 13mi to TM) are easier to get into, especially Porcupine Creek. Porcupine does not have running water, just pit toilets, so you'll want to bring/buy a larger water container you can fill up at White Wolf or TM. I'm not a fan of Yosemite Creek campground which is lower (~7200 feet) and has a ~5 mi dusty dirt access road. Any of the upper campgrounds are near a number of excellent day hikes.If you enter from the west via highway 120, there is a permit office at the Big Oak Flat entrance station. If you enter at or after 11 a.m., you can stop there and try for a next day permit. Then you can stay 1 night at one of the backpacker camps (either TM or White Wolf) and have ~20 hours at altitude before heading out. If you hike out of Lyell, there are campsites ~9 mi in before you do much climbing at around 9,000 feet. That way you can get a second night at elevation before hard hiking over Donohue pass. So you can ease in with only 1 day extra and may not need 2.