Re: Favorite sidetrips
- When my Son and I did JMT we fished down the river a ways but did not go that far. We saved it for a trip that took us to Simpson Mdw and it surely is different in terrain and vegetation. One of my favorite side trips is McGee Lakes basin from Evolution Valley. When we did the trail we only took two days off, the first to fish below Palisade Ck and the second in the upper Kern. What worked best fop us was to make following trips in the areas that caught our fancy and spent a week seeing the side sights.
--- In email@example.com, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
> Since people are in the planning phase, I thought I'd try to start a thread
> on favorite sidetrips.
> Mine is a 5-mile RT sidetrip to the south of the JMT about halfway between
> Muir and Mather passes. It involves a sometimes-difficult crossing of
> Palisade Creek and then a walk down a well-maintained trail following a
> narrow canyon on the Middle Fork of the Kings river to Devil's Washbowl.
> The terrain is very different than the JMT because of the narrowness of the
> canyon and the River you are walking along -- a series of spectacular
> rapids. Because of the terrain, the vegetation is also very different. You
> end up ad a waterfall and a swirling pool of water.
> If you are in a group, and some want a rest and others are eager for extra
> mileage, this gives a way of keeping everyone happy. The rest stop for
> those who don't want the sidetrip is quite pleasant and it's a very nice
> It starts at JMT mile 139.1 - the low elevation point (8,060 ft.) on the
> route between Muir (11,980 mile 127.9) and Mather (12,100 149.6) Passes.
> (Southbound mileages)
> I did a Google map of the sidetrip.
> Best time of year for this sidetrip is probably mid-July to mid-August.
> Earlier may make the Palisade creek crossing difficult. Later probably makes
> the rapids less spectacular, and the route could be quite hot in late
> Anyone else want to recommend some sidetrips?
> John Curran Ladd
> 1616 Castro Street
> San Francisco, CA 94114-3707