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The Last Road to Whitney- Bishop Pass to Whitney Portal, ~10 days, 2017

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  • THIS TRIP WILL BE SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016.

    Photo: Eastern Sierras and ranch lands in early morning light, photo by Galen Rowell.

    By the end of 2015, I will have seen much of the John Muir Trail (JMT). The only section left will be the route near Dousy Basin to Mt. Whitney and exiting at Whitney Portal. That’s approximately 100 miles of trail. Taking a moderate to leisure pace, it could be done in 10 days, 12 days. I think I can do it without a resupply but that will not be fun for others, might not be fun for me. So, lots to think about and decide. Therefore, I am putting this on the calendar early for planning purposes.

    This trip will be open to 6-8 people, maybe a little more or little less depending on interest. The limiting factor will be finding suitable campsites for the group along the way and my desire to lessen our impact at a site while we are there. Come talk to me if you are interested as I may not open the event to RSVPs if the trip fills up early. Please know that this will be a strenuous hike with lots of climbing at elevation with some days being longer than others. And, as always, I must know you personally to be a strong hiker, an experienced backpacker with demonstrated skill, AND someone who will enjoy the experience with a group (very important).  

    Our route will take us over Bishop Pass down through Dousy Basin where we will intersect the JMT. From here we will wend our way south passing though high meadows and high passes on our way to Whitney Portal. Along the way, we’ll see the west side of the Palisades, Rea Lakes, sneak a peek at Kearsarge Pass (someday I’ll hike that), and climb over Glen Pass and Forester Pass. And then, we’ll walk through Bighorn Plataeu on our way to Mt. Whitney where we will camp at the base of the mountain’s western facet before the brutal climb.

    This trip will complete my tour of the JMT and it will also be my first trip to Mt. Whitney’s summit. But the best part of the hike will be the burger and fries waiting for us at the General Store at Whitney Portal :-)

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  • Sharol

    I will be busy - hopefully on the PCT again. I can't wait to hear about this trip once you have completed it.

    1 · January 20

  • Alice

    Yes, great photos so I could slowly scroll through and take a virtual trip. The fog through the trees looked inviting and cool. I loved those pitcher plants. Nature is amazing.

    July 31, 2015

  • Esperanza H.

    Ok, ladies,
    What is uh Solopex and what is uh bear bag???: )

    1 · July 7, 2015

    • Maria

      ...and this is a bear bag (one type anyway): http://www.zpacks.com...­

      July 30, 2015

    • Liz P.

      I'll be at the Outdoor Retailer show next week. I'll make a visit to Zpacks. See what industry perks I can find for us. Hehe. ;-)

      July 30, 2015

    • Mari K.

      I loved your photos! Looked like a fantastic trip!!! Wish I were there :) Were those blisters? Yikes! And I can't believe the giant trout you guys caught! Yummy!!!

      July 30, 2015

  • Maria

    Headed for a 12 day trek on the PCT in a few days and just finished assembly gear and food. Base weight is now 15.98 lbs (can't seem to give up my chair). I'll know for sure after this trip if I can do ten days w/o re-supply (I'm leaning "yes"). Also, would encourage all to look at the elevation profile to see where we could take advantage of a downward trending profile and go long (12-14 miles/day) and perhaps enjoy a layover somewhere "scenic" and maybe feast on our cheeseburgers at Whitney Portal in eight days instead of ten.

    5 · July 5, 2015

    • Dottie

      Hopefully the Bears will agree the bag is sufficient! Have fun Maria!! I can't believe that weight! I have LOTS of room for improvement!

      July 6, 2015

    • Dottie

      Did someone say cheeseburger?! Sooner is always better than later!

      July 7, 2015

  • Maria

    I forgot to mentioned that I uploaded two images to the photo album- my gear list for the PCT and a photo of all the stuff assembled. It seems like a lot of stuff. :-(

    1 · July 6, 2015

  • Dick G.

    I'm thinking of doing the whole JMT too--or at least from Tuolumne Meadows. I would want to do 12 - 15 miles a day, so I don't have to resupply.

    July 3, 2015

  • Fred

    Should we tackle Mount Muir? Missed it the last time I was there.

    2 · June 16, 2015

    • Leonard M.

      I walked by that scramble 4 times. It is time I did it!

      1 · June 16, 2015

    • Liz P.

      I like the idea! We were going to climb Mt. Muir on our Whitney summit but we ran out of time. We estimated about an extra 1 1/2-2 hrs round trip for the peak. Helmets are recommended for the scramble. Long drop if you fall... :-)

      2 · July 3, 2015

  • Maria

    Here's something that Mari found. Good info. http://postholer.com/databook/index.php?trail_id=4

    2 · June 18, 2015

    • Leonard M.

      Curious. You climb 14,000 feet more than you descend? 10,000 yes, because it ends at 14+ but you don't start at 0.

      June 18, 2015

    • Dottie

      There's no math in hiking!!! Just go up, go down...it's all good! ;-)

      1 · June 19, 2015

  • Maria

    One thought about re-supply is to make some arrangement via Kearsarge Pass. We could layover somewhere nearby and a few of us would do the day hike either meet someone at the pass (a few good loyal friends :-) or continue on into Onion Valley. Though I would prefer to avoid "civilization" if possible. Kearsarge Pass interests me so would like to see it.

    June 17, 2015

    • Tom

      There are food lockers at the Onion Valley Trailhead that people use for resupply. You could camp at Charlotte or Bullfrog Lake and dayhike over Kearsage to resupply.

      1 · June 17, 2015

    • Leonard M.

      If possible, it would be nice to skip the resupply unless you're being leisurely. The thought of just carrying food back over Kearsarge is appealing. With food lockers, or just a car parked there, you could easily avoid "civilization."­

      June 17, 2015

  • ellen r.

    Maria,
    This far in advance I can plan (and train!)
    Back packing is new again for me after 25 years, I would look forward to the challenge and the joy of this trip :-)

    June 14, 2015

    • Maria

      Ok, Ellen. You're in!

      June 17, 2015

    • ellen r.

      Yay! thank you Maria, :-)

      June 17, 2015

  • Esperanza H.

    Maria,
    August 28 for 10 days works for me, if you will have me in the group: )

    June 13, 2015

  • Maria

    I'm looking at late August, early September 2016 for the hike. Let me know if you're still interested. It's time to plan and train :-)

    June 12, 2015

  • Dick G.

    I just noticed that this trip is for 2016. I was thinking all along that it was this summer. I really would like to go. Can I get back on the wait list or the going list? I'm sure I can do it. I did the whole JMT in 13 days, so 10 from Bishop Pass seems very relaxed.

    1 · June 17, 2015

    • Maria

      You're in Dick

      June 17, 2015

  • John

    You should be able to do it easily without a resupply

    2 · June 17, 2015

  • Dick G.

    I really wanted to do this, but I'm recuperating from a cycling accident. I do have a suggestion for you. I did the JMT N to S, and the way I did Whitney turned out to be a great idea. I camped at the last water on the W side. There is a small lake or tarn or something with a few tent sites. Maybe about 13,000. This is above Guitar Lake. You'll know it when you see it. Went to bed early, got up at 3 and made the summit by 6--just in time to see the moon set and the sunrise. Blew me away.

    2 · June 17, 2015

    • Maria

      I like getting a head start but we may need to camp at Guitar Lake because of group size.

      June 17, 2015

    • John

      I camped at Guitar on a full moon with summit at sunrise, the best by far of my many assents up Whitney

      1 · June 17, 2015

  • Mari K.

    On our final morning, if we camp at Trail Camp, we should hike up to Wotans Throne and view the sunrise on the east face of Mt. W! It is a 1 mi rt, elev gain +/- 700' Views super fantastic I hear :)

    2 · June 16, 2015

    • Maria

      I like the idea

      June 17, 2015

    • Fred

      Who needs sleep anyway. Haha.

      1 · June 17, 2015

  • Alice

    How do I get on the "going" list?

    June 14, 2015

    • Maria

      Want to join us Alice?

      June 15, 2015

    • Alice

      Yes!!!! This is on my bucket list.

      1 · June 15, 2015

  • Leonard M.

    Late August is good! I need to hike with your crowd. I will be going Bishop to Piute Pass (Evolution) this August, the whole JMT at about your pace a long time ago.

    1 · June 12, 2015

  • Maria

    Found this profile map, thought it might be of interest.
    I plan to intersect the JMT at mile 135.

    http://www.pcta.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/JMTelevationprofile.jpg

    3 · June 12, 2015

    • Dottie

      I LOVE this map!

      June 12, 2015

    • Liz P.

      Maria, great profile map! I can already feel the weight of our packs on that chart. Up and down. Lol

      June 12, 2015

  • Dottie

    Absolutely!!

    June 12, 2015

  • Henry E L.

    10 days from Bishop Pass? I hiked the whole thing in 17 days. Are you planning on layover days?

    March 13, 2015

    • Maria

      I dunno, maybe

      March 13, 2015

    • Liz P.

      Maria, I think your 10 days sounds perfectly leisurely with enough time to acclimate. Any longer and someone like me might add a few extra peaks along the way. Just kidding, kinda. Lol

      1 · April 19, 2015

  • Alex

    If you spend the night at the Whitney Portal make sure you try their epic pancakes in the morning. It takes two plates to hold one of those.

    3 · March 13, 2015

    • Liz P.

      Alex is right. It's ginormous, yummy and very affordable! I'll post a photo for everyone to see. I'm still interested in joining the trip so please keep me in mind. Thank you! :-)

      2 · March 13, 2015

    • Alex

      Yes, pancakes are 5 bucks a piece, one of them feeds 3 people.

      2 · March 13, 2015

  • Dottie

    I look forward to talking to you about this Maria. I am definitely interested, and the timing is great for me. see you soon!

    March 13, 2015

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