Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? Langley in the past few weeks, Julia and I have taken a real liking to the Eastern Sierras. It’s only about 2 miles away and I frolicked to the top by 11:20 am (if I recall correctly, there’s some spotty cell signal along this way for those … Next we hit Bighorn Plateau, a flat sandy landscape at 11,430 feet. Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure…so come back and tell me about it! I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. Loved your journal. Highly recommend this hike! I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. 500 miles through beautiful historic countryside and cities….absolutely life changing. For me, the trail from Trail Crest to the top of Whitney, was pretty scary! You are going to have the time of your life. This means packing out all of your garbage, being respectful to others on busy trails, and following the established rules. Onion Valley Topo. Soon we passed Timberline Lake and this meadow would be the last greenery we encountered until we came down from Whitney the next day. All that planning and all that hiking to get there. We arrived just before 6:30, just in time to witness the velvety blue sky light up as the sun rose in the east over Death Valley. Our permits are reserved on the website www.recreation.gov.On their home page search "Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits" to find our list of trails, or search "Mt Whitney" to find Mt Whitney Trail day-use and overnight-use permits. There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. But for now, if you are in the process of planning and don’t want to carry more than a week’s worth of food, Onion Valley is a logical place to do your final pickup. Make sure you have enough water and snacks to fuel you till the end. Onion Valley to Mt. Got my permit for August 1st out of Tenaya Lake. WHITNEY) The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. Soo happy to read your final post! Located 13 miles west of town. I am 56 and have not back packed in 35 years, but you have inspired me. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Whitney. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. East side of Mt. The first lake that you will hike next to is Gilbert Lake around mile 2. We did it. My hiking partner(s) completed the AT last year so I know I’m in good hands, especially as I transition from the Scouting “Be Prepared” ideology to more of a light weight “thru hiker” way of thinking and preparing. We wanted the sun! Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? Kearsarge Pass. Stunning views, countless lakes, wildflowers, solitude, and incredible peaks. Any suggestions on how to get from Whitney to Lonepine? We started to get nervous that we weren’t going to make it, so we decided to drop our packs at that junction since we would be passing by it again on the way down. *Side note: I still owe you guys a post about food drops, and that is high on my priority list. Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions! Hey Richard! Whitney plan and decided to finally hike Kearsarge Pass in hopes of avoiding the snow and nasty weather. And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. I’m thinking flying in to Reno, NV and catching the ESTA bus to Lee Vinning, CA. What camera did you use on your trip? I prefer hiking into the Sierra from the east as the scenery is spectacular and when you go over the pass the view into the Sierras is great. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. I have permits to do this exact section, Onion Valley over Kearsarge, up Whitney and out the Portal, in four days in late July. We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. The … Whitney: Ranger viewed small patches of snow at the top of the switchbacks 7/25 - Snow free from Crabtree to Whitney Summit and from Trail Crest to Whitney Summit. It was still a challenging pace, but left us with some time to hang at camp in the afternoons and we also weren’t rushed in the morning. I love your website and it is so helpful. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. Whitney with him. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. Top of the pass was busy with day hikers. We had several hours of hot afternoon sun before it started to set. Thanks again. JMT - Kearsarge Pass to Mt Whitney - Elevation/Mileage Graph This is a fairly rough approximation of the trails between Onion Valley/Kearsarge Pass and Mt Whitney/Whitney Portal, a 50 mile hike of the southernmost segment of the 211 mile John Muir Trail. will enjoy reading of your next adventures.. It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. Thanks so much! *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure … Thank you for your inspirational writing!,. They took off and I started my way up to Kearsarge Pass solo. I do know on the tail end, you might also consider LA or Las Vegas. Hi Ray! I’ve been to Philmont Scout Ranch 4x, where each trip has been an 11-day adventure with large elevation changes and summits of 12k ft all while carrying a 50lb+ backpack, still, I’m a bit nervous and unbelievably excited to step foot on the the JMT. Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48). I am doing NOBO in September from cotton wood pass and about half of the trail. It was hard to believe we’d soon be standing on top of it. Looking at a list of possible hikes in the area, I decided on Kearsarge Pass for day 2 of my trip, with the possibility of some class 2 and 3 scrambling to Mt. In my previous John Muir Trail trip report (part 4), I talk about how we had to make a detour to pick up our last food drop at Onion Valley. Just looking for your thoughts here…. I agree with your assessment of Glenn Pass and the trail to Whitney Portal. About two weeks ago we finally got our wilderness permit that Was eluding us. Its pouring right now & this is the view of tony as I sit safely inside my tent. Follow Bearfoot Theory I Kristen Bor’s board JOHN MUIR TRAIL PLANNING on Pinterest. After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". This ended up adding about 14 miles in total and an additional mountain pass to our trip. Brielle – I’m so excited for you! As you go, your muscles, endurance, and confidence grows, and I felt pretty excited about the transformation I was experiencing….Not to say I wasn’t happy to kick off my shoes and feast on that Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork birthday dinner. Love all your guides but I had a question. JOHN MUIR TRAIL TRIP REPORT, THE FINAL SECTION (KEARSARGE PASS TO MT. Then sleep, rent a car and drive to Vegas the next day to fly home the next day (Monday)? ... Views back up to Mt. During lunch we got caught in a downpour and shortly after we decided to stop and set up shop. Kristen, great job! We were so happy that we continued on past Guitar Lake. They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. For more information on the John Muir Trail, check out these posts: And as it goes in all of the destinations we share, please practice good trail etiquette and remember to Leave No Trace. You should submit it to GoPro’s Daily Photo of the Day! Can't really put words on how epic the Eastern Sierras are. You’re the bomb! When we started out that morning, it looked like it was going to be another beautiful day in the Sierras, but the weather quickly turned as we made our way to the top of Kearsarge Pass. JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Onion Valley to Mt. When I finally made it to the top, I was greeted by a group of fellow hikers, some of who we met earlier on the trail. We like to travel with a tent or staying in budget hotel/hostel. So we found a nice riverside spot for our tent in Upper Vidette Meadow and hid out for a couple of hours while the rain passed. -Kristen. I quickly grabbed my small daypack, some water, and an extra layer. I’m just a regular gal who likes to hike. Kearsarge Pass/Forester Pass/Whitney July 18-24 trail snow predictions please I have a permit to hike from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass, then Forester, up to Trail Crest, Mt. Mt Whitney to Kearsarge Pass trailhead PCT MILES COMPLETE: 510.8 PCT mile 770.3 to PCT mile 788.5 Section mileage: 25.8 Days: 6/20 - 6/21 After Whitney, we didn't think anything could possibly top it, but our next day, I was blown away by the transition into Kings Canyon National Park. “4 Years Ago” went well. Unfortunately bRad is not as organized as me…:) and doesn’t have a gear list. One big question I have for you is your recommendation on how much time to take to hike the JMT? Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. That’s awesome. Point to point; Start at Onion Valley and go down John Muir trail to back side of Mount Whitney, then end at the Whitney Portal. Whitney, exiting Whitney Portal July 18. great job on this series! And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. long hard day because of big … Advice on the best lightweight solar or charger? -Kristen. day 1 - group went over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. Your trip was 22 days with no “zeros” at what reads to be a pretty enjoyable pace. Onion Valley and it's string of lakes make getting to Kearsarge Pass a pleasant day, Forrester Pass is a little more rocky, but preps you for Mt. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. -Kristen. The top of Forester Pass sits at 13,110 feet and marks the official border between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. No better way to spend a birthday, I thought, than being out there on the trail. I remember struggling to make 8-10 miles a day during our first week in Yosemite. Cannot wait. Whitn… The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. It’s going to be an incredible experience, unlike any other trail you’ve been on. Aug 30, 2017 Kayla Browne. Guess I’ll just have to start planning my next long-distance hike. We had a great overnight jaunt into the mountains with some truly impressive views, and the unsure weather ended up bringing some … A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. It was a very strange feeling. Thank you for the inspiration! Once we hit the trail, I’m sure we’d be golden! Thanks again for following along on my John Muir Trail trip reports. we were on the final stretch of the pass, Brad scurried off ahead of me. I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. Whitney the next day. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. Lots of mixed emotions. I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. I can’t wait! Here I am at the official end of the John Muir Trail! It was what helped motivate me. Follow the marked trail toward Kearsarge Pass. We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. Kearsarge Pass to Mt. The plan was to summit Mt Whitney on the morning of Sept 11 and then exit east to Whitney Portal near Lone Pine, CA. Wednesday, October 31, 2007. Stay tuned for resupply info. One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? Hey Jim – Thank you so much for the compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Should I get the Tom Harrison JMT map or is there another map you recommend? We also weren’t sure if we would be affected by the altitude. I had never done anything like this before this trip. We still had 2 miles and 1,000 feet to climb. Langley, but after several cancellations, I decided that I would just take on several day hikes solo. After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. Quickly after leaving Upper Vidette Meadow, we emerged above the treeline and slowly made our way up the talus trail. Whitney, but the Ranger at Crabtree told me otherwise. It was a life-changing experience for me, even now 6 months later. Look forward to reading future trips that may post. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. The trail to the top of Mt. I did this hike in October of 2016. That day we would be tackling Forester Pass. He hiked most days in swim trunks. Williamson hotel in Independence, I climbed back over Kearsarge Pass and into the last stretch of the high sierras. Men are so lucky . It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. I really appreciate that! There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. And this is what we found. This is also a great option for overnight camping. Whitney. Posts tagged Kearsarge Pass to Mt Whitney Backpacking Onion Valley to Whitney Portal – John Muir Trail Section Hike Each day is full-on and at high altitudes, but it affords you amazing views along the John Muir Trail plus you get to cross over 3 different mountain passes (Kearsarge Pass, Forester Pass, and Trail Crest). I took friends to Yosemite and will be doing a food drop for them at Kearsarge pass and Bullfrog lake. Whitney, so it's a meaty 111 … The beauty of the JMT is that despite having these magnificent peaks, anyone in decent physical shape can do it. Vital Statistics: Length (round trip): 9 miles Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Didn't have the time. So if you are thinking about doing the JMT but have reservations, I hope these John Muir Trail trip reports encourage you to go for it. My trip is August 19 and I\’m so excited I can\’t stand it. Thanks Kristen, loved every minute of your trip. Not this time! For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. 1. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. I even felt a little emotional up there. It’s all about the experience! Still quite nervous about all the planning and food drops and doing the last week by myself as my buddy can\’t take that long off work. Finished our JMT hike on August 9. The first week it felt like it was going so slow, but by the end, time was flying by, and I felt like I could’ve stayed out there even longer. So we decided to keep going in search of those rays. Can’t wait to hear your answers and thanks so much for the assistance. Loved reading and seeing the pics. enjoyed every word. I especially loved the gopro shot atop of Whitney. Any advice for my plan to go against the flow? I’m going to go submit that photo right now. I’m not a noob when it comes to backpacking having been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 23 years now. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! We used headlamps didn’t have any trouble following the trail. While we were very lucky throughout our trip, it’s critical that you have easy access to whatever clothing you need to be comfortable. Whitney day hike. If you ever make it over here from Italy, let me know! Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. Whitney!Thanks for watching! You will steadily gain elevation over the 2.3 mile trek. Thank you so very much for your reports. We had even saved some special treats for dessert that night. Hope that’s helpful and come back and let me know how it goes! In addition to the PCT mileage, this section includes an additional 24 miles of trail by the time you have hiked in from Kearsarge Pass and climbed Mt. So can I in 1 day summit and get to Lone Pine (Sunday)? Once we descended, the trail zig zagged down the barren terrain with expansive views of the Kaweah subrange off in the distance. Hey there! We didn’t do any fishing, but we met people who did. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by … Thanks for your support and if you have any other questions, just let me know! Whitney, 22 Lessons from 22 days on the John Muir Trail. Our first day setting up car shuttles and staying overnight at Onion Valley Campground. We hung out on the top and soaked it all in before going down the other side into Sequoia National Park. Something that we learned is that the weather can turn in an instant up there. -Kristen. 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