And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. Quickly after leaving Upper Vidette Meadow, we emerged above the treeline and slowly made our way up the talus trail. The hike is strenuous but worth it. Onion Valley to Mt. Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. This means packing out all of your garbage, being respectful to others on busy trails, and following the established rules. Whitney’s been on my forever but something always prevented it. We used headlamps didn’t have any trouble following the trail. Soon we passed Timberline Lake and this meadow would be the last greenery we encountered until we came down from Whitney the next day. Thank you for the inspiration! Overall, the hike down was actually pretty difficult. -Kristen. It was a life-changing experience for me, even now 6 months later. There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. Once we hit the trail, I’m sure we’d be golden! This has been a bucket lister of mine for many years and A couple years ago I became friends with a guy who would do this with me. I did this hike in October of 2016. Getting There. They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. Men are so lucky . 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. This will put us in a good place to get to Yosemite Valley by Friday the 21st to meet family. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure … We were pleased to hear that there was nothing but sun headed our way and that gave us some confidence for Whitney. Whitney ... Kearsarge Pass Trail to Bubbs Creek Trail Jul 2, 2018 Dkj Ohnson. we were on the final stretch of the pass, Brad scurried off ahead of me. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. He said there were a few ponds just up the hill from Guitar Lake where we could also camp. -Kristen. Thank you so much for the valuable knowledge. Didn't have the time. I love your website and it is so helpful. day 1 - group went over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. For those seeking both a challenging high altitude day hike and a near perfect dress rehearsal for the hike to Trail Camp on Mt Whitney, the hike from Onion Valley Campground to the top of Kearsarge Pass fits the bill splendidly. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable ... Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. wow, so many pictures! Soo happy to read your final post! If you have the option of camping up in the portal for a night before you start your hike, that will help with that. Cheers, Kristen. Patrick – That’s so awesome to hear! Last section hike you mentioned. Hiking up those switchbacks in the dark was invigorating. Love all your guides but I had a question. If you ever make it over here from Italy, let me know! One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? I see a lot of posts from people hiking that section from North to South (Keersarge Pass to Whitney). PS. For my friend Brad, he pretty much stayed in his swim suit, no matter what the weather. My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. Wary about the recent storm that dropped snow all over the Sierra, we dropped our Mt. From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). My brother is currently on the JMT and I would meet up with him on the trail from Kearsarge pass to summit Mt. 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. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. I was a little bit nervous, but waking up to those blue skies I had a feeling it was going to be a good day. Where did you exit after you climbed down Whitney? Kearsarge Pass. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails. Wednesday, October 31, 2007. You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". https://www.facebook.com/bearfoottheory, And I’ll also be sure to check out the camino de santiago! We were feeling wet and tired and with Forester Pass just ahead, we didn’t want to risk ascending in the storm. Many more buildings, residential? Aug 30, 2017 Kayla Browne. Thanks Kristen, loved every minute of your trip. Highly recommend this hike! 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. Whitney. Then I’ve been told “just hitch a ride to lone pine”, seems a bit wish washy for the end of being gone 29 days when Ive never been gone more than a week. Once we finish the trail, staying in Lone Pine overnight then catching the ESTA bus back to Reno Airport? There are many destinations from this trailhead, including several alpine lakes, and many possibilities for peak bagging if time permits. The top of Forester Pass sits at 13,110 feet and marks the official border between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. If you are flying into the area, it’s probably faster to fly into Reno or Southern California and drive from there. For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure…so come back and tell me about it! Your trip reports and photos are wonderful and a source of inspiration. About two weeks ago we finally got our wilderness permit that Was eluding us. I accompanied an AMS-member back down, spent the night again in Mammoth, returned early am next day, and caught up with the rest of the group at: day 2 - treeline north of Forester Pass day 3 - over Forester. 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. Horseshoe Meadows, over either New Army or Cottonwood Pass, to Whitney: Easy eastside start, not much climbing to Day 1 pass, gorgeous and unique foxtail pine forests. Got off the JMT for a resupply at onion valley and went out to Whitney. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. Your list is great, however, me in yoga pants is just something you could never un-see, ha! really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! Onion Valley to Mt. Here I am at the official end of the John Muir Trail! He hiked most days in swim trunks. …a near perfect dress rehearsal for Mt Whitney. For me, that was my rain coat and sometimes rain pants. I would have loved to camp on the small pond that is up there, but the clouds looked a little unpredictable, and we agreed that staying up there wasn’t the best idea. While we were very lucky throughout our trip, it’s critical that you have easy access to whatever clothing you need to be comfortable. I think what makes me most nervous is traveling from Pennsylvania to California, hoping, wishing & praying that we’ve made all the correct travel and permit accommodations. 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. 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. Staying overnight in Lee Vinning and then catching the YARTS bus into the park the next morning to start the JMT. Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? This is also a great option for overnight camping. I’ve never been to Spain but as far as Europe goes, it’s at the top of my list. I’m working on a post about JMT transportation…so check back and hopefully I’ll have some info for you. *Side note: I still owe you guys a post about food drops, and that is high on my priority list. Wednesday, June 25, 2008. (SCB 10, no. I even felt a little emotional up there. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Top of the pass was busy with day hikers. By the time we decided to stop for the day at Wright Creek, we’d hiked about 15.5 miles. Kristen, Reading your Blog again. great resource. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. I thought Glenn Pass was the most difficult and that the trail down to Whitney Portal was fairly rough and unmaintained( especially after the switch backs). Any advice for my plan to go against the flow? Whitney, exiting Whitney Portal July 18. Yes, we did fish and yes, the fish are small. The little town which grew up ath the mine was called "Kearsarge City," and the pass came to be called the "Kearsarge Pass," and the mountain just to the north of the pass "Kearsarge Mountain."' I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. We had a great overnight jaunt into the mountains with some truly impressive views, and the unsure weather ended up bringing some … Whitn… Michelle, Anthony, Danny, and I backpack from Onion Valley Campground to Mt. Eventually, the rain subsided, and as we emerged from our tent, we got to watch a dramatic cloudy sunset. In the cloudy sky that afternoon, it had a menacing look and was one of my favorite peaks along the entire trail. Stormy couple of days but beautiful. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. The biggest and baddest pass of them all…or at least that was the rumor on the trail. To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. Thanks Daniel! That day we would be tackling Forester Pass. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. The … Yet again, another awesome write-up, with awesome photos. You lose about 5,500 feet over 8 miles and it’s pretty tough on the knees. During lunch we got caught in a downpour and shortly after we decided to stop and set up shop. We still had 2 miles and 1,000 feet to climb. Whitney. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). -Kristen. Thank you for breaking down your trip and explaining all the nuances or the permits, food drops and gear selection along with the wonderful write-up and pictures from your trip. Then at night switched to long pants. We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. I really appreciate that! I’ll be following in your footsteps. Dropping our packs ended up being an excellent decision. 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. After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. 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. We were surprised to find that yes, Forester Pass was long. I had mixed feelings waking up on Day 20. Whitney. “4 Years Ago” went well. He has a higher tresh hold for cold weather than most people. I am 56 and have not back packed in 35 years, but you have inspired me. I quickly grabbed my small daypack, some water, and an extra layer. Gould. It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. I have permits to do this exact section, Onion Valley over Kearsarge, up Whitney and out the Portal, in four days in late July. Hiked Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. All that planning and all that hiking to get there. How far far to the Whitney portal from the summit? According to everything I had read, Guitar Lake was the last source of water before Mt. Enter any date close to your hike date, and it will then let you browse forward and back through dates, 2 weeks at a time. We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. The USS Kearsarge was named for Kearsarge Peak in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. So we got an early start and enjoyed another view of the Kaweahs, which seemed so much further away coming down from Forester Pass. It’s was FREEZING cold up there, but the sunrise was everything we wanted it to be. Kearsarge Lakes to Whitney Portal 4 September 2010 ... We forged ahead to extremely windy and quite crowded plateau below Forester Pass. 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. Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? Thanks so much! No better way to spend a birthday, I thought, than being out there on the trail. Kristen. Most of the fish were pretty small, so it was a treat rather than something to rely on for your main source of food. That’s awesome. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. Guess I’ll just have to start planning my next long-distance hike. Hi Kristen! And that’s a wrap! It was what helped motivate me. You will steadily gain elevation over the 2.3 mile trek. I especially loved the gopro shot atop of Whitney. We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. I can’t wait! Whitney with him. You can leave a comment, but you wont be able to add any links. Something that we learned is that the weather can turn in an instant up there. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. I’m thinking flying in to Reno, NV and catching the ESTA bus to Lee Vinning, CA. 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. While some of the passes are more difficult than others, all of the passes on the trail are manageable, including Forester. There is a ranger station there across the river, and we thought it would be a good idea to stop in and inquire about the weather forecast for that night and next day. 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. Hi Ray! East side of Mt. For me, the trail from Trail Crest to the top of Whitney, was pretty scary! Whitney is 53 Miles. We didn’t have a real plan about where we wanted to camp that night, so we just kept trucking along. 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. 1. We had several hours of hot afternoon sun before it started to set. I thought 22 days was perfect. We didn’t do any fishing, but we met people who did. The first lake that you will hike next to is Gilbert Lake around mile 2. Hey there! But so looking forward to the personal exploration and being away from \”civilization\” for nearly a month. 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