Re: Getting to Shepherd Pass
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I remember an ex-boyfriend who knew the Sierra very well encouraging me to do Shepherd Pass rather than Onion Valley to get to the JMT many years ago; he was mad and wanted me punished. If you are wanting to give yourself time, and enjoy your walk, I would say that Onion Valley is definitely your better option. Try to spend one night at Onion Valley as you are planning (high enough to begin to acclimate)--easy camping there with water, leave early in the morning and you can spend a lovely first night at Charlotte Lake with just a little backtracking to the JMT. Kearsarge Pass is a beautiful and relatively easy (you'll still feel the climb) east side entrance to the JMT and I highly recommend it.
> Hello group,
> I'm not able to do the whole JMT due to time restrictions, however I am very interested in the last segment and planning on entering at either Onion Valley or Shepherd Pass. I would like to drive all the way to Whitney Portal, park the car and find a ride to my trailhead. Does anyone know of a person who runs a business providing rides to folks like me? Like a hiker's cab service :) I tentatively plan to enter as early as possible on Sunday the 2nd of August (I'll drive down on Saturday and start to get my lungs used to the elevation.
> Also, speaking of elevation, I want to give myself plenty of time, not kill myself and enjoy the surroundings. However hitting the summit on the full moon of the 6th (7th actually) would be great. Is Shepherd pass a realistic entry point, or is there one closer I haven't found one but you all may know.
> Thank you for your help!