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[John Muir Trail] Exit question

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  • Viraj
    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
    Message 1 of 47 , Mar 2, 2013
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      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!

      Viraj
      SOBO, JMT 2013
    • djayers
      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
      Message 47 of 47 , Apr 9, 2014
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        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.
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