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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
      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
        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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