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 remember struggling to make 8-10 miles a day during our first week in Yosemite. Here I am at the official end of the John Muir Trail! We had several hours of hot afternoon sun before it started to set. We did it. Stopping when you want and hauling when need be. It was a really cool experience and you will avoid hiking up there with the bulk of the crowds. Soo happy to read your final post! There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. Whitney the next day. My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. All that planning and all that hiking to get there. Once we hit the trail, I’m sure we’d be golden! It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. This hike took me 3.5 days to complete on a solo section hike. I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. We wanted to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. I have permits to do this exact section, Onion Valley over Kearsarge, up Whitney and out the Portal, in four days in late July. You can leave a comment, but you wont be able to add any links. On the other side of the Avalon mountain. What camera did you use on your trip? Hiked Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails. 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). So we got an early start and enjoyed another view of the Kaweahs, which seemed so much further away coming down from Forester Pass. I thought 22 days was perfect. And that’s a wrap! That’s awesome. Overall, the hike down was actually pretty difficult. Didn't really go any further. 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. So we decided to keep going in search of those rays. -Kristen. 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. This August, will be my ninth excursion, shortening up the trip; Kearsarge Pass exiting Mount Whitney, planned for August 19, 2019. The pyramid shaped peak in the picture below is East Vidette Peak. Kearsarge pass is our favorite “ backyard” Mountain to climb. Next we hit Bighorn Plateau, a flat sandy landscape at 11,430 feet. We used headlamps didn’t have any trouble following the trail. Whitney!Thanks for watching! It’s was FREEZING cold up there, but the sunrise was everything we wanted it to be. 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. Langley, but after several cancellations, I decided that I would just take on several day hikes solo. Day 20 also happened to be my 31st birthday. Plus, we got to spend our last night watching this sunset. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. And this is what we found. Shortly after lunch, we found our first sign indicating the distance to Mt. The USS Kearsarge was named for Kearsarge Peak in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. We wanted the sun! 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."' Top of the pass was busy with day hikers. Whitn… The excitement and the brisk air kept us pushing ahead, while we carefully kept our eye on the time. Kearsarge Pass Hike. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. We were feeling wet and tired and with Forester Pass just ahead, we didn’t want to risk ascending in the storm. thank you very much for this gift. Getting There. Anyone have suggestions? I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. The trail to the top of Mt. Wednesday, October 31, 2007. Standing at 11,709 ft, the pass offers breathtaking views of the John Muir Wilderness and the Owens Valley. Whitney , now framed in charcoal storm clouds, were quite different from what we'd seen on our ascent. Fellowship with the boys Sep 14, 2017 Aaron Groves. One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? Thanks again. Got off the JMT for a resupply at onion valley and went out to Whitney. We had a great overnight jaunt into the mountains with some truly impressive views, and the unsure weather ended up bringing some … If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. Whitney ... Kearsarge Pass Trail to Bubbs Creek Trail Jul 2, 2018 Dkj Ohnson. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside. Thanks again for the wonderful website and all the effort you’ve put into sharing your JMT experience with us. It started to seem very surreal that we only had 2 days left on our trip. Whitney. Staying overnight in Lee Vinning and then catching the YARTS bus into the park the next morning to start the JMT. I had mixed feelings waking up on Day 20. 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. If you are flying into the area, it’s probably faster to fly into Reno or Southern California and drive from there. 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’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. Our first day setting up car shuttles and staying overnight at Onion Valley Campground. 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 day we would be tackling Forester Pass. Beginning at Onion Valley, the Kearsarge Pass Trail travels through the John Muir Wilderness (area is unavailable). Follow Bearfoot Theory I Kristen Bor’s board JOHN MUIR TRAIL PLANNING on Pinterest. They took off and I started my way up to Kearsarge Pass solo. Your list is great, however, me in yoga pants is just something you could never un-see, ha! You will steadily gain elevation over the 2.3 mile trek. -Kristen. Williamson hotel in Independence, I climbed back over Kearsarge Pass and into the last stretch of the high sierras. So can I in 1 day summit and get to Lone Pine (Sunday)? I do know on the tail end, you might also consider LA or Las Vegas. Curious if you or bRad ever tried fishing for food? 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable ... Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. About two weeks ago we finally got our wilderness permit that Was eluding us. Dropping our packs ended up being an excellent decision. I agree with your assessment of Glenn Pass and the trail to Whitney Portal. We were surprised to find that yes, Forester Pass was long. Finished our JMT hike on August 9. You should submit it to GoPro’s Daily Photo of the Day! Kristen, Reading your Blog again. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. Summit Mt. https://www.facebook.com/bearfoottheory, And I’ll also be sure to check out the camino de santiago! Not this time! Pretty Amazing Route that takes the old JMT through Center Basin. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. Thanks so much! And off we went in the dark, led only by our headlamps. Can’t wait for my JMT this summer! My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. Whitney is very well defined. It was what helped motivate me. We also weren’t sure if we would be affected by the altitude. The Onion Valley trail-head is a quick 13 mile drive from the Mt Williamson Motel. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. 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 … The trail climbs through forest and alpine tundra and past several lakes, including Little Pothole, Gilbert, and Flower Lakes. We arrived at the Crabtree Junction around lunch. Another Question Kristen. I’ll be following in your footsteps. 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. I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. What a fabulous way to start 31. Hey Jim – Thank you so much for the compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post! While some of the passes are more difficult than others, all of the passes on the trail are manageable, including Forester. Thanks Daniel! My brother and I plan to do that this August. I had never done anything like this before this trip. This is also a great option for overnight camping. You’ll also probably have made a few trail friends as well. To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. Patrick – That’s so awesome to hear! Stormy couple of days but beautiful. Whitney with him. Didn't have the time. Thank you for the inspiration! JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Its pouring right now & this is the view of tony as I sit safely inside my tent. That night we went to bed early with the jitters, and I barely slept at all. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). That’s awesome you are going to hike the JMT. Thank you so very much for your reports. Your trip was 22 days with no “zeros” at what reads to be a pretty enjoyable pace. Bearfoot Theory / Outdoor Adventure Blog / Backpacking Trips Blogs / John Muir Trail Trip Report: Kearsarge Pass to Mt. In the cloudy sky that afternoon, it had a menacing look and was one of my favorite peaks along the entire trail. Look forward to your next post on food drops… was wondering about Onion Valley myself. 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. From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. 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. Thanks Kristen, loved every minute of your trip. 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. Beautifully done and great idea to be at the top of Mt Whitney before sunrise! Then at night switched to long pants. My brother is currently on the JMT and I would meet up with him on the trail from Kearsarge pass to summit Mt. Just explore a bit around the lake to find a pre-existing camp spot. I did this hike in October of 2016. And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. Aug 30, 2017 Kayla Browne. WHITNEY) The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. 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. Yes, we did fish and yes, the fish are small. Last section hike you mentioned. Proceed past the Kearsarge Pass trail head and through the gate into the … I took friends to Yosemite and will be doing a food drop for them at Kearsarge pass and Bullfrog lake. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. Thanks for the tip. 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. Whitney, so it's a meaty 111 … The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. Once we descended, the trail zig zagged down the barren terrain with expansive views of the Kaweah subrange off in the distance. Hope that’s helpful and come back and let me know how it goes! Whitney. It was a very strange feeling. Posted by Elliot at Wednesday, October 31, 2007 No comments: Avalon from the top. Can’t wait to hear about your next adventure…so come back and tell me about it! I did this hike in October of 2016. 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. Pretty much the most epic campsite of all time. Cheers, Kristen. He hiked most days in swim trunks. Whitney is 53 Miles. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… 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. If you have the option of camping up in the portal for a night before you start your hike, that will help with that. day 1 - group went over Kearsarge Pass to Kearsarge Lakes. Where did you exit after you climbed down Whitney? After a resupply and refresh at the Mt. Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. Kristen, great job! Whitney day hike. Thanks so much Brett! As you go, your muscles, endurance, and confidence grows, and I felt pretty excited about the transformation I was experiencing….Not to say I wasn’t happy to kick off my shoes and feast on that Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork birthday dinner. 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. Lots of mixed emotions. long hard day because of big … 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. 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. 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