Re: John Muir Trail--pleas for advice
- my friend and I unexpectedly had to leave the trail at VVR about 2
weeks ago due to an injury, within 24 hours of hanging out at the VVR
(not an unpleasant place, after being on the trail) we were able
hitch a ride with one of their staff who was heading to Fresno to
pick up supplies (we paid for gas). As long as you are not on too
tight a schedule, my feeling is that from the VVR you should be able
to find a way down to Fresno without too much trouble
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kevin Aston <kevin@...> wrote:
> Exiting VVR is a pain, but it is on the west side of the mountains.
I would choose Florence Lake by Muir Ranch instead. It is accessible
from Fresno. It is about 2 days more than VVR (but a much shorter
drive), but 1/2 day less than the Piute trail jct (but you then have
20 hard miles to get out, and Piute exits you on the east side, so if
you are going west it is a pain). If you email Muir Ranch they can
tell you more about accessing the trail from Florence Lake. This
would be about a 115 mile hike from Happy Isles.
> Kevin Aston
> Melanie Rheaume <mellysbelly@...> wrote: Hi Kevin-
> I'm scrambling together a grand last-minute plan to hike the John
Muir Trail beginning this August (yes, less than three weeks from
now...) and am hoping you can give me a little advice. My older
sister flew from NH to California for a quick "visit" before
beginning the trail, and for the past two months she's been camped in
my tiny house planting evil little seeds in my brain. She's crafty,
that one. So here I am, intrigued and dropping everything to hike
the trail with her, but I can't possibly give up three to four weeks
to finish the entire trail (though I'm only 29 and a once-avid
backpacker, I'm not the spry spring chicken I was back in my packing
peak). I've been searching for a relatively easy exit point, and
found your web page... How easy was exiting from Vermilion Valley?
From Piute Pass? Do you have any tips on transportation? I'm thinking
of driving my car to Happy Isles, but would prefer public
transportation if it's feasible.
> Any advice you can share would be hugely appreciated. I'm already
appreciating the inspiration--tackling the trail despite two back
surgeries... now that's impressive.
> Melanie Rheaume
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