Plus, we got to spend our last night watching this sunset. But so looking forward to the personal exploration and being away from \”civilization\” for nearly a month. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. No better way to spend a birthday, I thought, than being out there on the trail. Gould. Got my permit for August 1st out of Tenaya Lake. Show 4 More Check-Ins Jun 24, 2017 sung kim. 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. Posted by Elliot at Wednesday, October 31, 2007 No comments: Avalon from the top. We didn’t have a real plan about where we wanted to camp that night, so we just kept trucking along. For me, the trail from Trail Crest to the top of Whitney, was pretty scary! Thank you for the inspiration! 1. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by … 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. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. This will put us in a good place to get to Yosemite Valley by Friday the 21st to meet family. -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. WHITNEY) 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. Williamson hotel in Independence, I climbed back over Kearsarge Pass and into the last stretch of the high sierras. Finished our JMT hike on August 9. Didn't have the time. 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. Eventually, the rain subsided, and as we emerged from our tent, we got to watch a dramatic cloudy sunset. Whitney with him. thank you very much for this gift. Standing at 11,709 ft, the pass offers breathtaking views of the John Muir Wilderness and the Owens Valley. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of days reading the various posts on your site and am more and more excited to begin planning for my trip on the JMT next year. Thank you so much for the valuable knowledge. Definitely send some pictures, or upload them to the Bearfoot Theory Facebook page when you get back. The trail climbs through forest and alpine tundra and past several lakes, including Little Pothole, Gilbert, and Flower Lakes. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails. Kearsarge Pass Hike. Thanks so much! JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Maybe it’s because we were nearly three weeks in and our legs were pretty buff at that point, but the point is…don’t get intimidated by the trail talk. It was a life-changing experience for me, even now 6 months later. 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. “4 Years Ago” went well. For my friend Brad, he pretty much stayed in his swim suit, no matter what the weather. If you ever make it over here from Italy, let me know! 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 … Having stopped in Lone Pine to hike Mt. I even felt a little emotional up there. I am doing NOBO in September from cotton wood pass and about half of the trail. 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. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. On this fun, but challenging 4-day hike through the High Sierra Mountains of California, you will pass plenty of glass-like lakes and ponds, including Bullfrog Lake and Tyndall Frog Ponds (which are great for swimming and bathing), traverse rugged passes, climb Forrester Pass, the highest on the Pacific Crest Trail, and finally end your trip by summiting the highest peak in the lower 48 states. I plan to summit Mt Whitney beginning from the portal side on August 15th and then continue on the JMT exiting at Onion Valley. Wednesday, June 25, 2008. I can’t wait! 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. Cannot wait. Our current plan is to go to Kearsarge Pass (about a 7 days trek + 1 day to account for summiting Mt. The ranger told us that 2:00 or 2:30am would be a good time to wake up, and sunrise would be about 6:30. 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 hard to believe we’d soon be standing on top of it. Kristen’s writeup has my mouth watering, five months in advance. After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. During lunch we got caught in a downpour and shortly after we decided to stop and set up shop. Summit Mt. I am 56 and have not back packed in 35 years, but you have inspired me. This August, will be my ninth excursion, shortening up the trip; Kearsarge Pass exiting Mount Whitney, planned for August 19, 2019. Thanks and if you have any other questions, just let me know. I love your website and it is so helpful. Cheers, Kristen. And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. Whitney, so it's a meaty 111 … The USS Kearsarge was named for Kearsarge Peak in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Thanks again for following along on my John Muir Trail trip reports. Mosquitos are out there too - I've gotten about 30 bites so far. Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? *Side note: I still owe you guys a post about food drops, and that is high on my priority list. (SCB 10, no. We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. If I follow your lead and leave about 4.5 miles to the summit on say Sunday. I’m going to go submit that photo right now. Can’t wait for my JMT this summer! We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. For me, that was my rain coat and sometimes rain pants. What an adventure for sure. We had several hours of hot afternoon sun before it started to set. My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. Anyone have suggestions? I took friends to Yosemite and will be doing a food drop for them at Kearsarge pass and Bullfrog lake. To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. It’s was FREEZING cold up there, but the sunrise was everything we wanted it to be. You should submit it to GoPro’s Daily Photo of the Day! You are going to have the time of your life. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. I did this hike in October of 2016. Thanks again for the wonderful website and all the effort you’ve put into sharing your JMT experience with us. Good luck and happy hiking! For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… That day we would be tackling Forester Pass. While the evening sky was pretty throughout our whole trip, there weren’t many nights where we had a perfect view of the sun setting over the horizon. Whitney. So we decided to keep going in search of those rays. According to everything I had read, Guitar Lake was the last source of water before Mt. Hey Jim – Thank you so much for the compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post! They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. East side of Mt. We arrived at the Crabtree Junction around lunch. Make sure you have enough water and snacks to fuel you till the end. The first lake that you will hike next to is Gilbert Lake around mile 2. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. Not this time! Soon we passed Timberline Lake and this meadow would be the last greenery we encountered until we came down from Whitney the next day. Hi Kristen! This ended up adding about 14 miles in total and an additional mountain pass to our trip. Lots of mixed emotions. Thanks again. Overall, the hike down was actually pretty difficult. I had originally planned for an overnight trip to Mt. 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. The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. …a near perfect dress rehearsal for Mt Whitney. In less than 12 hours we’d be standing on top of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 and soon after that, I’d be drinking a cold one back in Lone Pine. My brother is currently on the JMT and I would meet up with him on the trail from Kearsarge pass to summit Mt. Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. The trail to the top of Mt. 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. -Kristen. Something that we learned is that the weather can turn in an instant up there. Kearsarge Pass Hike 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. This hike took me 3.5 days to complete on a solo section hike. Junction Meadow Via Kearsarge Pass and Bubbs Creek Trails, Manzanar Japanese Relocation Site: Manzanar Trail, Onion Valley, Kearsarge Pass, Forrester Pass, Shepherds Pass Backpacking Trip, Onion Valley Campground to Rae Lakes via Kearsarge Pass, Kearsarge Pass Trail to John Muir Trail Loop, Mount Rixford from Onion Valley Campground, Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney, but the Ranger at Crabtree told me otherwise. 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. Kearsarge Pass The Onion Valley trailhead offers access to some beautiful sierra high country and is an excellent area to acclimate prior to a Mt. Hiking up those switchbacks in the dark was invigorating. There are many destinations from this trailhead, including several alpine lakes, and many possibilities for peak bagging if time permits. Check out Camino de Santiago in Spain. Just looking for your thoughts here…. Whitney is very well defined. Our first day setting up car shuttles and staying overnight at Onion Valley Campground. Langley, but after several cancellations, I decided that I would just take on several day hikes solo. * You can not add any links to your comment as was previously mentioned above, John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. The hike is strenuous but worth it. My trip is August 19 and I\’m so excited I can\’t stand it. From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48). 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. We remained above the treeline for several miles south of Forester Pass. 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. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. Hey Richard! The Onion Valley trail-head is a quick 13 mile drive from the Mt Williamson Motel. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. 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. Kristen, Reading your Blog again. The next morning, I got up and out at 7:30 am and spent a couple of hours with the dad and son before parting ways at 10 am. Whitney ... Kearsarge Pass Trail to Bubbs Creek Trail Jul 2, 2018 Dkj Ohnson. Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? This means packing out all of your garbage, being respectful to others on busy trails, and following the established rules. Whitney and Mt. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. Dropping our packs ended up being an excellent decision. 500 miles through beautiful historic countryside and cities….absolutely life changing. I really appreciate that! Follow the marked trail toward Kearsarge Pass. Wary about the recent storm that dropped snow all over the Sierra, we dropped our Mt. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. Awesome Paul! Stay tuned for resupply info. We wanted the sun! 3, Jan. 1918: 340, 342.) A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. Shortly after lunch, we found our first sign indicating the distance to Mt. Whitney, 22 Lessons from 22 days on the John Muir Trail. My brother and I plan to do that this August. He hiked most days in swim trunks. 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. He has a higher tresh hold for cold weather than most people. I’m doing onion valley to Whitney Portal. Langley in the past few weeks, Julia and I have taken a real liking to the Eastern Sierras. After a resupply and refresh at the Mt. Stopping when you want and hauling when need be. We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. Love all your guides but I had a question. Located 13 miles west of town. We went 48 hours without seeing another soul. You will steadily gain elevation over the 2.3 mile trek. Staying overnight in Lee Vinning and then catching the YARTS bus into the park the next morning to start the JMT. 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. I had never done anything like this before this trip. great job on this series! Brielle – I’m so excited for you! 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. Men are so lucky . And that’s a wrap! Most of the fish were pretty small, so it was a treat rather than something to rely on for your main source of food. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Getting There. I’m working on a post about JMT transportation…so check back and hopefully I’ll have some info for you. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. I do know on the tail end, you might also consider LA or Las Vegas. Once we hit the trail, I’m sure we’d be golden! Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. Can't really put words on how epic the Eastern Sierras are. Whitney’s been on my forever but something always prevented it. There was one other group of two camped across the small pond, but there was plenty of room that we didn’t bother each other. I’ve never been to Spain but as far as Europe goes, it’s at the top of my list. We didn’t do any fishing, but we met people who did. The problem with taking a zero day is you have to make sure you have food for that zero day. Kearsarge Pass to Mt. We like to travel with a tent or staying in budget hotel/hostel. I am trying to figure out how to get the right permits (if even possible this late) to do the Kearsarge Pass trail at Onion Valley to the Mount Whitney Portal. Look forward to reading future trips that may post. Hey there! So can I in 1 day summit and get to Lone Pine (Sunday)? 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. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable ... Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. This is also a great option for overnight camping. Thanks for your support and if you have any other questions, just let me know! Soo happy to read your final post! Vital Statistics: Length (round trip): 9 miles Just explore a bit around the lake to find a pre-existing camp spot. You can leave a comment, but you wont be able to add any links. Stunning views, countless lakes, wildflowers, solitude, and incredible peaks. I’m glad you enjoyed it. -Kristen. We wanted to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. Whitney. The excitement and the brisk air kept us pushing ahead, while we carefully kept our eye on the time. We were so happy that we continued on past Guitar Lake. Didn't really go any further. 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. Thanks again and I’ll shoot you more emails after my trip!!! I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. Yes, we did fish and yes, the fish are small. We offer rides to and from the Onion Valley for through hikers staying with us. Kristen, great job! I think I’m ready for something BIG! Michelle, Anthony, Danny, and I backpack from Onion Valley Campground to Mt. We tried to warm up in the hut but eventually decided to sign the register and head back down. While some of the passes are more difficult than others, all of the passes on the trail are manageable, including Forester. It was what helped motivate me. I thought 22 days was perfect. JOHN MUIR TRAIL TRIP REPORT, THE FINAL SECTION (KEARSARGE PASS TO MT. Whitney plan and decided to finally hike Kearsarge Pass in hopes of avoiding the snow and nasty weather. I especially loved the gopro shot atop of Whitney. One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? Hiked Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. Thank you for sharing what looks like an epic trip! And this is what we found. wow, so many pictures! This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. Just a go pro? What a fabulous way to start 31. 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. We were feeling wet and tired and with Forester Pass just ahead, we didn’t want to risk ascending in the storm. Kearsarge Lakes to Whitney Portal 4 September 2010 ... We forged ahead to extremely windy and quite crowded plateau below Forester Pass. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails is a 43.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Independence, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. He said there were a few ponds just up the hill from Guitar Lake where we could also camp. ... Views back up to Mt. The drive is only a little… I see a lot of posts from people hiking that section from North to South (Keersarge Pass to Whitney). Beginning at Onion Valley, the Kearsarge Pass Trail travels through the John Muir Wilderness (area is unavailable). I had mixed feelings waking up on Day 20. They took off and I started my way up to Kearsarge Pass solo. Name of the Trail: In this post we call this the “Onion Valley to Whitney Portal Trail” or also known as the “Kearsarge Pass to Whitney Portal Trail”, but really this trail is made up of a bunch of trails connected together including the Kearsarge Pass Trail, the John Muir Trail, and the Mount Whitney Trail. Thanks Kristen, loved every minute of your trip. Depending on where you are coming from your day one is most likely going to be setting up your car shuttle from Whitney Portal to Onion Valley. enjoyed every word. https://www.facebook.com/bearfoottheory, And I’ll also be sure to check out the camino de santiago! 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. 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. For this trip, we decided to make our way out to Independence to hike to Kearsarge Pass via Onion Valley. Did you exit through Onion Valley junction or did you take a different path? We still had 2 miles and 1,000 feet to climb. We reconnected with the John Muir Trail at mile 179.4, and the rest of the afternoon we experienced on and off rain as we descended down into Vidette Meadow. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. I have permits to do this exact section, Onion Valley over Kearsarge, up Whitney and out the Portal, in four days in late July. I quickly grabbed my small daypack, some water, and an extra layer. And off we went in the dark, led only by our headlamps. Views were great. Thank you so very much for your reports. That’s awesome you are going to hike the JMT. It was a very strange feeling. Beautifully done and great idea to be at the top of Mt Whitney before sunrise! I did this hike in October of 2016. Last section hike you mentioned. 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. How far far to the Whitney portal from the summit? We had just over 3,000 feet to climb in about 4.5 miles, and we weren’t exactly sure how long that would take us. Whitney day hike. This was also going to be our last night on the trail, so we really wanted to have some time to relax at camp and enjoy it. All that planning and all that hiking to get there. It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. 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. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. Then at night switched to long pants. Stormy couple of days but beautiful. Kearsarge Pass. Advice on the best lightweight solar or charger? There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. What camera did you use on your trip? long hard day because of big … Thanks so much Brett! Highly recommend this hike! In fact, I feel confident saying that was the best birthday dinner of my life. Whitn… Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions! It’s all about the experience! I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. I’m thinking flying in to Reno, NV and catching the ESTA bus to Lee Vinning, CA. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! When we got to the Trail Crest, the side trail that leads tot he summit, I think it was about 5:30am. 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. The … And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. 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). Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. Next we hit Bighorn Plateau, a flat sandy landscape at 11,430 feet. Curious if you or bRad ever tried fishing for food? Chris's solo hike from Kearsarge to Mt Whitney Sept 4-10 day 1: Whitney portal acclimation day 2: Over Kearsarge pass to Charlotte Lake day 3: Charlotte Lake to Center Basin day 4: Center Basin to unnamed lake near Lake South America via Forester Pass day 5: Unnamed lake to Lower Crabtree Meadow You lose about 5,500 feet over 8 miles and it’s pretty tough on the knees. In the cloudy sky that afternoon, it had a menacing look and was one of my favorite peaks along the entire trail. 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. I am trying to figure out when to book my trip home for. 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. Whitney. Kearsarge pass is our favorite “ backyard” Mountain to climb. I’ll be following in your footsteps. I would really like to do it sooner or later, but coming from the other side of the world (italy) makes the organization of these things a bit difficult unfortunately… Looking forward to read about your next adventure!! 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. Loved reading and seeing the pics. We covered about 240 miles (including our food drops) over 22 days. I know Ill be ready to get home but that seems a bit pressured. It was a really cool experience and you will avoid hiking up there with the bulk of the crowds. I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. Hey Jim, I packed a lot as a kid and then started again five years ago, at the age of 58, and have now walked about 2/3 of the JMT. Can’t wait to hear your answers and thanks so much for the assistance. Yet again, another awesome write-up, with awesome photos. After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. Bighorn Plateau is also where you catch your first glimpse of Mt. We did it. You’ll also probably have made a few trail friends as well. While we were very lucky throughout our trip, it’s critical that you have easy access to whatever clothing you need to be comfortable. And with limited space in the bear canister, that would have been an issue for us. Whitney the next day. 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."' Whitney. 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. Let me know if you have any questions! Nice scenary. If you are flying into the area, it’s probably faster to fly into Reno or Southern California and drive from there. 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. Fellowship with the boys Sep 14, 2017 Aaron Groves. I remember struggling to make 8-10 miles a day during our first week in Yosemite. The biggest and baddest pass of them all…or at least that was the rumor on the trail. The plan was to summit Mt Whitney on the morning of Sept 11 and then exit east to Whitney Portal near Lone Pine, CA. 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. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. Then sleep, rent a car and drive to Vegas the next day to fly home the next day (Monday)? 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