*If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure … It was hard to believe we’d soon be standing on top of it. 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. …a near perfect dress rehearsal for Mt Whitney. After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. “4 Years Ago” went well. Aug 30, 2017 Kayla Browne. Follow the marked trail toward 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. You’re the bomb! We were so happy that we continued on past Guitar Lake. -Kristen. day 1 - group went over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. We wanted the sun! I even felt a little emotional up there. -Kristen. Hiked Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. Thanks again and I’ll shoot you more emails after my trip!!! On the other side of the Avalon mountain. Kearsarge Pass to Mt. Proceed past the Kearsarge Pass trail head and through the gate into the … Should I get the Tom Harrison JMT map or is there another map you recommend? 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. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. Advice on the best lightweight solar or charger? Hey Richard! 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. The Onion Valley trail-head is a quick 13 mile drive from the Mt Williamson Motel. Thank you for sharing what looks like an epic trip! Show 4 More Check-Ins Jun 24, 2017 sung kim. Thanks so much! After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. Hey there! Most of the fish were pretty small, so it was a treat rather than something to rely on for your main source of food. Getting There. -Kristen. If you are flying into the area, it’s probably faster to fly into Reno or Southern California and drive from there. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m going to go submit that photo right now. Stopping when you want and hauling when need be. Fellowship with the boys Sep 14, 2017 Aaron Groves. 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!! What camera did you use on your trip? 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. Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. Your trip was 22 days with no “zeros” at what reads to be a pretty enjoyable pace. Whitney and Mt. Kearsarge pass is our favorite “ backyard” Mountain to climb. Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? 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. Many more buildings, residential? The pyramid shaped peak in the picture below is East Vidette Peak. The excitement and the brisk air kept us pushing ahead, while we carefully kept our eye on the time. It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. Follow Bearfoot Theory I Kristen Bor’s board JOHN MUIR TRAIL PLANNING on Pinterest. Awesome Paul! Loved your journal. I had originally planned for an overnight trip to Mt. WHITNEY) The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. -Kristen. Stormy couple of days but beautiful. Whitney, exiting Whitney Portal July 18. PS. We used headlamps didn’t have any trouble following the trail. Thank you so very much for your reports. So we got an early start and enjoyed another view of the Kaweahs, which seemed so much further away coming down from Forester Pass. Shortly after lunch, we found our first sign indicating the distance to Mt. I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. Thanks for the tip. Then at night switched to long pants. We like to travel with a tent or staying in budget hotel/hostel. Make sure you have enough water and snacks to fuel you till the end. Once we descended, the trail zig zagged down the barren terrain with expansive views of the Kaweah subrange off in the distance. 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. 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. Langley in the past few weeks, Julia and I have taken a real liking to the Eastern Sierras. Lots of mixed emotions. Thanks and if you have any other questions, just let me know. The trail climbs through forest and alpine tundra and past several lakes, including Little Pothole, Gilbert, and Flower Lakes. Any advice for my plan to go against the flow? I’m just a regular gal who likes to hike. Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? This will put us in a good place to get to Yosemite Valley by Friday the 21st to meet family. The biggest and baddest pass of them all…or at least that was the rumor on the trail. This ended up adding about 14 miles in total and an additional mountain pass to our trip. Curious if you or bRad ever tried fishing for food? Onion Valley to Mt. Hi Ray! Soon we passed Timberline Lake and this meadow would be the last greenery we encountered until we came down from Whitney the next day. 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’s been on my forever but something always prevented it. Cheers, Kristen. Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. About two weeks ago we finally got our wilderness permit that Was eluding us. I’m thinking flying in to Reno, NV and catching the ESTA bus to Lee Vinning, CA. Let me know if you have any questions! Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. I did this hike in October of 2016. Definitely send some pictures, or upload them to the Bearfoot Theory Facebook page when you get back. Having stopped in Lone Pine to hike Mt. He hiked most days in swim trunks. Whitney. Whitney plan and decided to finally hike Kearsarge Pass in hopes of avoiding the snow and nasty weather. I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Did you exit through Onion Valley junction or did you take a different path? You’ll also probably have made a few trail friends as well. They took off and I started my way up to Kearsarge Pass solo. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. Kristen, great job! Beautifully done and great idea to be at the top of Mt Whitney before sunrise! Hiking up those switchbacks in the dark was invigorating. 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. Kearsarge Pass Hike. Whitney. 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."' Love all your guides but I had a question. will enjoy reading of your next adventures.. thank you very much for this gift. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Stunning views, countless lakes, wildflowers, solitude, and incredible peaks. And this is what we found. I did this hike in October of 2016. I think I’m ready for something BIG! enjoyed every word. Soo happy to read your final post! For this trip, we decided to make our way out to Independence to hike to Kearsarge Pass via Onion Valley. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable ... Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. 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. 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). Thanks for your support and if you have any other questions, just let me know! Loved reading and seeing the pics. Didn't really go any further. Thank you for the inspiration! 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. Highly recommend this hike! Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. It was what helped motivate me. Once we finish the trail, staying in Lone Pine overnight then catching the ESTA bus back to Reno Airport? The first lake that you will hike next to is Gilbert Lake around mile 2. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! Look forward to your next post on food drops… was wondering about Onion Valley myself. We were feeling wet and tired and with Forester Pass just ahead, we didn’t want to risk ascending in the storm. 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. 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. Kristen. 3, Jan. 1918: 340, 342.) Brielle – I’m so excited for you! We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. Thanks again for following along on my John Muir Trail trip reports. -Kristen. One big question I have for you is your recommendation on how much time to take to hike the JMT? A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. The top of Forester Pass sits at 13,110 feet and marks the official border between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. Whitney with him. Its pouring right now & this is the view of tony as I sit safely inside my tent. ... Views back up to Mt. We couldn’t tell how far we’d gone or how steep the cliff side was. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. Whitney, 22 Lessons from 22 days on the John Muir Trail. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. Nice scenary. We remained above the treeline for several miles south of Forester Pass. 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. Kearsarge Lakes to Whitney Portal 4 September 2010 ... We forged ahead to extremely windy and quite crowded plateau below 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. When we got to the Trail Crest, the side trail that leads tot he summit, I think it was about 5:30am. 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. Once we hit the trail, I’m sure we’d be golden! Rain and hail. 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. Pretty much the most epic campsite of all time. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails. After a resupply and refresh at the Mt. wow, so many pictures! My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside. Next we hit Bighorn Plateau, a flat sandy landscape at 11,430 feet. My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. Whitn… Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. We also weren’t sure if we would be affected by the altitude. How to Apply for a Southbound John Muir Trail Permit in 2020, Best John Muir Trail Planning Tools, Books & Resources, Best Section Hikes on the John Muir Trail, John Muir Trail Transportation Guide & Planning Tips. I’ll be following in your footsteps. Kristen’s writeup has my mouth watering, five months in advance. 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. We wanted to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. -Kristen. Patrick – That’s so awesome to hear! 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. 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. I do know on the tail end, you might also consider LA or Las Vegas. Located 13 miles west of town. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. 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 had several hours of hot afternoon sun before it started to set. I am doing NOBO in September from cotton wood pass and about half of the trail. I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. I’ve never been to Spain but as far as Europe goes, it’s at the top of my list. I agree with your assessment of Glenn Pass and the trail to Whitney Portal. , Most people go north to south because it allows them to adjust to the altitude more slowly. This is also a great option for overnight camping. The beauty of the JMT is that despite having these magnificent peaks, anyone in decent physical shape can do it. 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. To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. Our first day setting up car shuttles and staying overnight at Onion Valley Campground. Kearsarge Pass. (SCB 10, no. 1. We arrived at the Crabtree Junction around lunch. 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. 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. But so looking forward to the personal exploration and being away from \”civilization\” for nearly a month. He has a higher tresh hold for cold weather than most people. Whitney, but the Ranger at Crabtree told me otherwise. Cannot wait. Bighorn Plateau is also where you catch your first glimpse of Mt. 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. And with limited space in the bear canister, that would have been an issue for us. Finished our JMT hike on August 9. There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. Whitney , now framed in charcoal storm clouds, were quite different from what we'd seen on our ascent. So can I in 1 day summit and get to Lone Pine (Sunday)? Thank you so much for the valuable knowledge. For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… 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. 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. I’m doing onion valley to Whitney Portal. And that’s a wrap! Last section hike you mentioned. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. 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. Wednesday, June 25, 2008. 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. What an adventure for sure. 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. We didn’t have a real plan about where we wanted to camp that night, so we just kept trucking along. Just a go pro? You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". Thanks again. It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. 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