For me, the trail from Trail Crest to the top of Whitney, was pretty scary! If you have the option of camping up in the portal for a night before you start your hike, that will help with that. And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. will enjoy reading of your next adventures.. 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. …a near perfect dress rehearsal for Mt Whitney. The Onion Valley trail-head is a quick 13 mile drive from the Mt Williamson Motel. He has a higher tresh hold for cold weather than most people. I’m not a noob when it comes to backpacking having been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 23 years now. Something that we learned is that the weather can turn in an instant up there. Thank you for sharing what looks like an epic trip! We wanted the sun! Hi Ray! And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! Standing at 11,709 ft, the pass offers breathtaking views of the John Muir Wilderness and the Owens Valley. We were feeling wet and tired and with Forester Pass just ahead, we didn’t want to risk ascending in the storm. https://www.facebook.com/bearfoottheory, And I’ll also be sure to check out the camino de santiago! 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. I did this hike in October of 2016. Highly recommend this hike! I remember struggling to make 8-10 miles a day during our first week in Yosemite. That’s awesome. I did this hike in October of 2016. I know Ill be ready to get home but that seems a bit pressured. He hiked most days in swim trunks. 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! Whitney and Mt. Thanks again for following along on my John Muir Trail trip reports. Thanks again for the wonderful website and all the effort you’ve put into sharing your JMT experience with us. And off we went in the dark, led only by our headlamps. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Langley, but after several cancellations, I decided that I would just take on several day hikes solo. 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. It was a life-changing experience for me, even now 6 months later. Advice on the best lightweight solar or charger? Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? I had originally planned for an overnight trip to Mt. Shortly after lunch, we found our first sign indicating the distance to Mt. Should I get the Tom Harrison JMT map or is there another map you recommend? Vital Statistics: Length (round trip): 9 miles 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. It’s all about the experience! Brielle – I’m so excited for you! Whitney. We were so happy that we continued on past Guitar Lake. Patrick – That’s so awesome to hear! I love your website and it is so helpful. The trail to the top of Mt. 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. I had mixed feelings waking up on Day 20. Located 13 miles west of town. Any advice for my plan to go against the flow? In the cloudy sky that afternoon, it had a menacing look and was one of my favorite peaks along the entire trail. 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. 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. Pretty much the most epic campsite of all time. 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. We covered about 240 miles (including our food drops) over 22 days. We offer rides to and from the Onion Valley for through hikers staying with us. It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. If you ever make it over here from Italy, let me know! Thank you so very much for your reports. 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. Many more buildings, residential? Whitney with him. Whitney. We arrived at the Crabtree Junction around lunch. Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions! 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. Just a go pro? The trail climbs through forest and alpine tundra and past several lakes, including Little Pothole, Gilbert, and Flower Lakes. 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). According to everything I had read, Guitar Lake was the last source of water before Mt. Whitney!Thanks for watching! Thanks again. Another Question Kristen. I have permits to do this exact section, Onion Valley over Kearsarge, up Whitney and out the Portal, in four days in late July. Whitney, but the Ranger at Crabtree told me otherwise. Gould. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. Love all your guides but I had a question. Whitney the next day. 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. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. 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 … That’s awesome you are going to hike the JMT. We went 48 hours without seeing another soul. Staying overnight in Lee Vinning and then catching the YARTS bus into the park the next morning to start the JMT. Whitney , now framed in charcoal storm clouds, were quite different from what we'd seen on our ascent. I’m so stoked for you and glad these reports have been helpful. While some of the passes are more difficult than others, all of the passes on the trail are manageable, including Forester. Lots of mixed emotions. 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. great resource. 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. Getting There. So we decided to keep going in search of those rays. Your list is great, however, me in yoga pants is just something you could never un-see, ha! 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. What an adventure for sure. *Side note: I still owe you guys a post about food drops, and that is high on my priority list. We tried to warm up in the hut but eventually decided to sign the register and head back down. Thank you so much for the valuable knowledge. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? PS. During lunch we got caught in a downpour and shortly after we decided to stop and set up shop. , Most people go north to south because it allows them to adjust to the altitude more slowly. 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. Thanks again and I’ll shoot you more emails after my trip!!! day 1 - group went over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. The … Last section hike you mentioned. The journey headed west over Kearsarge Pass, joined the John Muir Trail, and then headed south towards the west face of Mt Whitney. And this is what we found. You lose about 5,500 feet over 8 miles and it’s pretty tough on the knees. 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. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. The extremely helpful people at the center let us know that people had gone through all the passes on our route (New Army Pass, Crabtree Pass (we would question this one later), and the route up to Mount Whitney … Loved reading and seeing the pics. 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 Loved your journal. Kearsarge Lakes to Whitney Portal 4 September 2010 ... We forged ahead to extremely windy and quite crowded plateau below Forester Pass. But so looking forward to the personal exploration and being away from \”civilization\” for nearly a month. It was a really cool experience and you will avoid hiking up there with the bulk of the crowds. My trip is August 19 and I\’m so excited I can\’t stand it. Rain and hail. Onion Valley to Mt. While we were very lucky throughout our trip, it’s critical that you have easy access to whatever clothing you need to be comfortable. ... Views back up to Mt. * You can not add any links to your comment as was previously mentioned above, John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. Kristen. Overall, the hike down was actually pretty difficult. 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. Show 4 More Check-Ins Jun 24, 2017 sung kim. We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. Once we finish the trail, staying in Lone Pine overnight then catching the ESTA bus back to Reno Airport? Having stopped in Lone Pine to hike Mt. For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… we were on the final stretch of the pass, Brad scurried off ahead of me. I am trying to figure out when to book my trip home for. Stopping when you want and hauling when need be. Awesome Paul! Top of the pass was busy with day hikers. My brother is currently on the JMT and I would meet up with him on the trail from Kearsarge pass to summit Mt. 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. I’m working on a post about JMT transportation…so check back and hopefully I’ll have some info for you. long hard day because of big … 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. Hey Jim – Thank you so much for the compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 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. From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). Thanks Daniel! And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. Fellowship with the boys Sep 14, 2017 Aaron Groves. Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. 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. Hey Richard! So can I in 1 day summit and get to Lone Pine (Sunday)? Stay tuned for resupply info. After a resupply and refresh at the Mt. For my friend Brad, he pretty much stayed in his swim suit, no matter what the weather. 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. On the other side of the Avalon mountain. Got my permit for August 1st out of Tenaya Lake. I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. The USS Kearsarge was named for Kearsarge Peak in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. 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. 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. I took friends to Yosemite and will be doing a food drop for them at Kearsarge pass and Bullfrog lake. It was a very strange feeling. I quickly grabbed my small daypack, some water, and an extra layer. Whitney day hike. 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. If I follow your lead and leave about 4.5 miles to the summit on say Sunday. Kearsarge Pass to Mt. Nice scenary. You are going to have the time of your life. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. The drive is only a little… 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. Thanks for your support and if you have any other questions, just let me know! Yes, we did fish and yes, the fish are small. Stunning views, countless lakes, wildflowers, solitude, and incredible peaks. We did it. We also weren’t sure if we would be affected by the altitude. We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. 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. We hung out on the top and soaked it all in before going down the other side into Sequoia National Park. Make sure you have enough water and snacks to fuel you till the end. We like to travel with a tent or staying in budget hotel/hostel. It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. Pretty Amazing Route that takes the old JMT through Center Basin. You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". And with limited space in the bear canister, that would have been an issue for us. We didn’t have a real plan about where we wanted to camp that night, so we just kept trucking along. 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. Then sleep, rent a car and drive to Vegas the next day to fly home the next day (Monday)? Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. 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. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. I see a lot of posts from people hiking that section from North to South (Keersarge Pass to Whitney). I think I’m ready for something BIG! That day we would be tackling 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. 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. JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. 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. great job on this series! After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. Whitn… They took off and I started my way up to Kearsarge Pass solo. I agree with your assessment of Glenn Pass and the trail to Whitney Portal. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Whitney. Thanks and if you have any other questions, just let me know. Just explore a bit around the lake to find a pre-existing camp spot. This hike took me 3.5 days to complete on a solo section hike. Didn't really go any further. And that’s a wrap! -Kristen. 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. 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. -Kristen. Its pouring right now & this is the view of tony as I sit safely inside my tent. Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48). What camera did you use on your trip? The pyramid shaped peak in the picture below is East Vidette Peak. To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. Once we descended, the trail zig zagged down the barren terrain with expansive views of the Kaweah subrange off in the distance. 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. “4 Years Ago” went well. Look forward to reading future trips that may post. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. 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!! Williamson hotel in Independence, I climbed back over Kearsarge Pass and into the last stretch of the high sierras. 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. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. No better way to spend a birthday, I thought, than being out there on the trail. For this trip, we decided to make our way out to Independence to hike to Kearsarge Pass via Onion Valley. After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. We still had 2 miles and 1,000 feet to climb. Day 20 also happened to be my 31st birthday. He said there were a few ponds just up the hill from Guitar Lake where we could also camp. Here I am at the official end of the John Muir Trail! 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. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. The top of Forester Pass sits at 13,110 feet and marks the official border between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. Kearsarge pass is our favorite “ backyard” Mountain to climb. Then at night switched to long pants. The excitement and the brisk air kept us pushing ahead, while we carefully kept our eye on the time. When we got to the Trail Crest, the side trail that leads tot he summit, I think it was about 5:30am. Cheers, Kristen. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. Wary about the recent storm that dropped snow all over the Sierra, we dropped our Mt. Not this time! Got off the JMT for a resupply at onion valley and went out to Whitney. How far far to the Whitney portal from the summit? We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. Guess I’ll just have to start planning my next long-distance hike. The beauty of the JMT is that despite having these magnificent peaks, anyone in decent physical shape can do 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’m so excited for everyone who’s headed out there this summer. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by … I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. Langley in the past few weeks, Julia and I have taken a real liking to the Eastern Sierras. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure … Follow Bearfoot Theory I Kristen Bor’s board JOHN MUIR TRAIL PLANNING on Pinterest. Hiked Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. 3, Jan. 1918: 340, 342.) This will put us in a good place to get to Yosemite Valley by Friday the 21st to meet family. The problem with taking a zero day is you have to make sure you have food for that zero day. WHITNEY) The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. I’m doing onion valley to Whitney Portal. I plan to summit Mt Whitney beginning from the portal side on August 15th and then continue on the JMT exiting at Onion Valley. Whitney is 53 Miles. One big question I have for you is your recommendation on how much time to take to hike the JMT? Unfortunately bRad is not as organized as me…:) and doesn’t have a gear list. 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. follow the road past Grays Meadow Campground to the road end. So we got an early start and enjoyed another view of the Kaweahs, which seemed so much further away coming down from Forester Pass. Proceed past the Kearsarge Pass trail head and through the gate into the … My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside. Dropping our packs ended up being an excellent decision. The hike is strenuous but worth it. You’re the bomb! Summit Mt. We used headlamps didn’t have any trouble following the trail. Men are so lucky . They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure…so come back and tell me about it! By the time we decided to stop for the day at Wright Creek, we’d hiked about 15.5 miles. 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. 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. This ended up adding about 14 miles in total and an additional mountain pass to our trip. I am 56 and have not back packed in 35 years, but you have inspired me. Didn't have the time. I’ll be following in your footsteps. 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). Hey there! We were proud, excited, sad. One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? (SCB 10, no. 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