VVR FB posting re ferry and TH options after water taxi stops operation
- VVR posted this on their FB page"Hiker options in the event the water taxi is not operating:
You can hike directly along the lake trail to the resort; mileage from the water taxi landing to the lodge is 4.8 miles.
To get back to the JMT (South) you can avoid going back on the lake trail to the switchbacks up Bear Ridge 7900' to 9880'by catching our vehicle hiker shuttle ($10.00) to either of the two alternative trails.
1.) Bear Ridge trail on southern side of lake, trail head is at the spill-way. Mileage is 5.7 to junction of PCT/JMT. (elevation is 7665' to 9880') This is a great trail to use if you are north bound (PCT) and want to get to the resort; the trail is sandy and puts you out right at the dam. Simply walk on top of the dam (concrete) till it ends then walk up the shoreline to the lodge. (About a mile). We do not recommend this trail to hikers who want to join the PCT/JMT southbound (loose, dry and steep)
2.) Bear Creek Cut-off trail to Bear Creek trail is the recommended trail for South Bounders to get back to the PCT/JMT. Very pretty trail runs right up the canyon along Bear Creek, picturesque and elevation gain is minimal. (7560' to 8985') Mileage total is 10.2.
If you go back the same way you came in using the lake trail your mileage to this junction is 12.4 miles. So, you save time a couple of miles and a whole lotta switchbacks (Dry & Steep) by using this alternative.
Note: The Tom Harrison JMT Trail map package does not show these trails, use the Tom Harrison Mono Divide Map for this section. Worth its weight in gold!"My recommendation (seconded by others in the past.). Use the VVR shuttle to the Bear Creek cut-off trail trailhead. Very pretty route back to the JMT. You miss a few not-particularly-interesting miles of the JMT but this route is quite nice. Avoid the often-dry Ridge trail.John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-3707