Re: Suggestions for 9 or 10 days on JMT
- This is a hard one since there are so many fine places to see. From
South Lk. to Mt. Whitney is about 100 miles. I did this with a friend
in 2 weeks in September but we mover slower than you plan and took
days off to fish. You get to see LeConte Canyon, Palisade Lks.,
Upper Basin, Rae Lks. and much more. The high points for me were Glen
Pass (I have a real soft spot for this pass) and the Upper Kern. My
friend really liked the view south from Forester Pass. He looked and
said "ahhh MY Kern". I think he carries the deed to it in his pocket.
The down side is you miss Banner, Ritter, Cascade Valley and
Evolution Valley, though with a few more miles you could start at
Florence Lk. instead of South Lk. Oh well, something for the next
time. Whichever you choose a good time is assured
My suggestion for a solo hiker: You could start at
Mammoth and hike in over Duck Pass. Its about 7 miles
from the trailhead to the JMT. Then I would hike
south ... this will take you through some of the
greatest scenery on earth and some of the most remote
areas of the JMT. Most of my favorite spots are
along this section!
After hiking through Rae Lakes and over Glen Pass, you
can exit over Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley. Its
about 8 miles to the trailhead. The JMT mileage is
close to 110 miles, and the overall mileage is just
under 125 miles (by my calculations).
It is fairly easy to find a ride from Onion Valley to
Independence. If driving, I would leave my vehicle at
Onion Valley or Independence, then take the CREST bus
service from Independence back to Mammoth to start
your hike. You may need to take a taxi (in Mammoth)
to the trailhead. CREST: (Carson City-Ridgecrest
Eastern Sierra Transit: (800) 922-1930). Make sure
you call them; I don't think they run everyday.
Resupply: I would consider using VVR, its only about
27 miles from Mammoth over Duck Pass (2 days for you),
but then you would be light the first couple of days.
For the last section, you would need to carry 7 or 8
days of food.
Have a great hike!
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- Last year I hiked the leg starting from Red's Meadow, resupplied at
VVR, then exited from Little Pete's over Bishop Pass to South Lake.
That was about 90 miles including the 12 to exit and was the best
hiking experience I've ever had. If I had to do it over again I
would start at Agnew Meadows and backtrack to Island Pass, a truly
magical spot for me. Then head south, resupply at VVR to get the
barbeque, shower, and beer, and go south past the Rae Lakes and exit
over the Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley. Check the CREST bus
schedule carefully if you take that route. Although the southbound
bus goes all the way to Ridgecrest, I think the northbound run starts
at Bishop, so you'd have to get from Independence to Bishop somehow.
Truth is you can't miss no matter where you go on the JMT. Bob R
--- In johnmuirtrail@y..., "billbholt" <bholt@i...> wrote:
> I planning a 9 or 10 day solo trip on the JMT in mid-September. Any
> suggestions. I'm planning 10 to 15 miles per day but would like
> flexibility so the total mileage should probably be in the 100 to
> miles range.
> TIA - Bill