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. “4 Years Ago” went well. What an adventure for sure. Love all your guides but I had a question. long hard day because of big … And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. We had a great overnight jaunt into the mountains with some truly impressive views, and the unsure weather ended up bringing some … Its pouring right now & this is the view of tony as I sit safely inside my tent. 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. We wanted to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. *Side note: I still owe you guys a post about food drops, and that is high on my priority list. Can’t wait to do the trek myself someday! I know Ill be ready to get home but that seems a bit pressured. Loved your journal. I am trying to figure out when to book my trip home for. 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. Soo happy to read your final post! The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You will steadily gain elevation over the 2.3 mile trek. We were so happy that we continued on past Guitar Lake. Whitney and Mt. Loved reading and seeing the pics. The hike is strenuous but worth it. My only regret is not getting a picture of the register while we were there. JOHN MUIR TRAIL TRIP REPORT, THE FINAL SECTION (KEARSARGE PASS TO MT. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. Whitney is very well defined. There’s nothing even slightly technical or scary. I’m not a noob when it comes to backpacking having been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 23 years now. 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. Thanks again. Whitney the next day. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure … …a near perfect dress rehearsal for Mt Whitney. Thanks again for the wonderful website and all the effort you’ve put into sharing your JMT experience with us. Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48). 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. Men are so lucky . Got my permit for August 1st out of Tenaya Lake. And now, in my final John Muir Trail trip report, we reach the grand finale…summiting Mt. We arrived at the Crabtree Junction around lunch. Kearsarge Pass to 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. Got off the JMT for a resupply at onion valley and went out to Whitney. We stopped by the visitor center to pick up our permits and ask some questions about snow in the passes. Thanks Kristen, loved every minute of your trip. Patrick – That’s so awesome to hear! I plan to summit Mt Whitney beginning from the portal side on August 15th and then continue on the JMT exiting at Onion Valley. Hey Jim – Thank you so much for the compliment, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 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. thank you very much for this gift. Pretty much the most epic campsite of all time. Overall, the hike down was actually pretty difficult. Our first day setting up car shuttles and staying overnight at Onion Valley Campground. After the long day prior, we were excited that we only had to cover 8 miles on Day 21. 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. The plan was to summit Mt Whitney on the morning of Sept 11 and then exit east to Whitney Portal near Lone Pine, CA. 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 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. We didn’t do any fishing, but we met people who did. Whats the best way to get from portal to Lone Pine? -Kristen. In fact, I feel confident saying that was the best birthday dinner of my life. Show 4 More Check-Ins Jun 24, 2017 sung kim. Proceed past the Kearsarge Pass trail head and through the gate into the … -Kristen. Lastly, do you think your hiking partner b-Rad would be interested in sharing his gear list? Brielle – I’m so excited for you! Most of the fish were pretty small, so it was a treat rather than something to rely on for your main source of food. By the time we decided to stop for the day at Wright Creek, we’d hiked about 15.5 miles. Whitney. Thanks again and I’ll shoot you more emails after my trip!!! Yes, we did fish and yes, the fish are small. Didn't really go any further. Whitney, so it's a meaty 111 … 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 did this hike in October of 2016. 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). Fellowship with the boys Sep 14, 2017 Aaron Groves. Hiking up those switchbacks in the dark was invigorating. JMT: Segment 7 - Kearsage Pass Trail to Mt. Day 20 also happened to be my 31st birthday. Once we descended, the trail zig zagged down the barren terrain with expansive views of the Kaweah subrange off in the distance. I especially loved the gopro shot atop of Whitney. The top of Forester Pass sits at 13,110 feet and marks the official border between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park. I do know on the tail end, you might also consider LA or Las Vegas. Shortly after lunch, we found our first sign indicating the distance to Mt. Summit Mt. I’ve never been to Spain but as far as Europe goes, it’s at the top of my list. We tried to warm up in the hut but eventually decided to sign the register and head back down. We couldn’t have been more thankful to end our last full day on the trail this way. I’m doing onion valley to Whitney Portal. -Kristen. Having stopped in Lone Pine to hike Mt. 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. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other while distracting yourself with the alluring landscapes. Standing at 11,709 ft, the pass offers breathtaking views of the John Muir Wilderness and the Owens Valley. Nice scenary. Beautifully done and great idea to be at the top of Mt Whitney before sunrise! 1. 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. The … Our permits are reserved on the website www.recreation.gov.On their home page search "Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits" to find our list of trails, or search "Mt Whitney" to find Mt Whitney Trail day-use and overnight-use permits. It was a very strange feeling. Everyone sang me happy birthday, and one of the guys up there even gave me a birthday swig of his coveted bourbon. You’ll also probably have made a few trail friends as well. Cannot wait. We hung out on the top and soaked it all in before going down the other side into Sequoia National Park. Can't really put words on how epic the Eastern Sierras are. I remember struggling to make 8-10 miles a day during our first week in Yosemite. 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. Thanks for the tip. The trail to the top of Mt. Thank you for sharing what looks like an epic trip! Plus, we got to spend our last night watching this sunset. This hike took me 3.5 days to complete on a solo section hike. 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. We were proud, excited, sad. 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. Staying overnight in Lee Vinning and then catching the YARTS bus into the park the next morning to start the JMT. Kristen. Wednesday, October 31, 2007. Thanks so much Brett! To play it safe, we set our alarm for 2:00 and packed up in a hurry. Aug 30, 2017 Kayla Browne. Advice on the best lightweight solar or charger? We were pleased to hear that there was nothing but sun headed our way and that gave us some confidence for Whitney. Lots of mixed emotions. Williamson hotel in Independence, I climbed back over Kearsarge Pass and into the last stretch of the high sierras. Whitney , now framed in charcoal storm clouds, were quite different from what we'd seen on our ascent. I love your website and it is so helpful. Located 13 miles west of town. The problem with taking a zero day is you have to make sure you have food for that zero day. I’m going to go submit that photo right now. I agree with your assessment of Glenn Pass and the trail to Whitney Portal. Didn't have the time. Your trip was 22 days with no “zeros” at what reads to be a pretty enjoyable pace. This ended up adding about 14 miles in total and an additional mountain pass to our trip. He said there were a few ponds just up the hill from Guitar Lake where we could also camp. Whitney is 53 Miles. I haven’t looked into transportation too much, but I’m going to write a post on this before the next season. PS. Thanks again for following along on my John Muir Trail trip reports. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails. 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. Beginning at Onion Valley, the Kearsarge Pass Trail travels through the John Muir Wilderness (area is unavailable). For me, the trail from Trail Crest to the top of Whitney, was pretty scary! Rain and hail. Whitney. 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. Kearsarge Pass Hike. Kristen’s writeup has my mouth watering, five months in advance. I’ve had 2 of my photos chosen. Hey there! On the other side of the Avalon mountain. Stunning views, countless lakes, wildflowers, solitude, and incredible peaks. We had even saved some special treats for dessert that night. Posted by Elliot at Wednesday, October 31, 2007 No comments: Avalon from the top. This is also a great option for overnight camping. How far far to the Whitney portal from the summit? Stopping when you want and hauling when need be. Just before the junction with the Lake South America trail, we decided to break for lunch. Any suggestions on how to get from Whitney to Lonepine? 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. Whitney with him. Once we finish the trail, staying in Lone Pine overnight then catching the ESTA bus back to Reno Airport? Another Question Kristen. The excitement and the brisk air kept us pushing ahead, while we carefully kept our eye on the time. Hiking Mt Whitney via Kearsarge Pass Elliot hiking Mount Whitney via Kearsarge Pass. The drive is only a little… Just looking for your thoughts here…. We offer rides to and from the Onion Valley for through hikers staying with us. Wary about the recent storm that dropped snow all over the Sierra, we dropped our 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). 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. But it really wasn’t any harder than any of the other passes we had encountered. -Kristen. If you have any questions, just leave a comment below. Just explore a bit around the lake to find a pre-existing camp spot. I can’t wait! Look forward to reading future trips that may post. 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. Stormy couple of days but beautiful. Check out Camino de Santiago in Spain. I took friends to Yosemite and will be doing a food drop for them at Kearsarge pass and Bullfrog lake. Do you have any insight on traveling into the area, where to stay etc? 500 miles through beautiful historic countryside and cities….absolutely life changing. We remained above the treeline for several miles south of Forester Pass. You would choose the "Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney", Trail is "Kearsarge Pass JM31". Whitn… Langley, but after several cancellations, I decided that I would just take on several day hikes solo. follow the road past Grays Meadow Campground to the road end. 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. When we got to the Trail Crest, the side trail that leads tot he summit, I think it was about 5:30am. Kearsarge pass is our favorite “ backyard” Mountain to climb. 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. will enjoy reading of your next adventures.. We still had 2 miles and 1,000 feet to climb. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. 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. It’s all about the experience! Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. Stay tuned for resupply info. -Kristen. The first lake that you will hike next to is Gilbert Lake around mile 2. Whitney, 22 Lessons from 22 days on the John Muir Trail. Thank you so much for the valuable knowledge. If you ever make it over here from Italy, let me know! I see a lot of posts from people hiking that section from North to South (Keersarge Pass to Whitney). 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. 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. We went 48 hours without seeing another soul. Any advice for my plan to go against the flow? It is 4 miles to the top of 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. And that’s a wrap! Whitney’s been on my forever but something always prevented it. (SCB 10, no. 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. It was a life-changing experience for me, even now 6 months later. Have been hiking the JMT for several years now. Whitney, exiting Whitney Portal July 18. I’m thinking flying in to Reno, NV and catching the ESTA bus to Lee Vinning, CA. For more information check out the facility details on the Recreation.go… Onion Valley Topo. But so looking forward to the personal exploration and being away from \”civilization\” for nearly a month. Onion Valley to Mt. 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. enjoyed every word. Thanks so much! While some of the passes are more difficult than others, all of the passes on the trail are manageable, including Forester. I quickly grabbed my small daypack, some water, and an extra layer. 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. What a fabulous way to start 31. 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. Just a go pro? What camera did you use on your trip? Kearsarge Lakes to Whitney Portal 4 September 2010 ... We forged ahead to extremely windy and quite crowded plateau below Forester Pass. 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. Unfortunately bRad is not as organized as me…:) and doesn’t have a gear list. Here I am at the official end of the John Muir Trail! I’m so stoked for you and glad these reports have been helpful. 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. At the time it seemed like kind of a pain, but we ended up finding a quiet camp on Flower Lake where we were treated to this sunrise on Day 19. Getting There. Make sure you have enough water and snacks to fuel you till the end. Whitney!Thanks for watching! 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. No better way to spend a birthday, I thought, than being out there on the trail. And off we went in the dark, led only by our headlamps. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by … Anyone have suggestions? Highly recommend this hike! 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Whitney – the tallest peak in the continental U.S. The Onion Valley trail-head is a quick 13 mile drive from the Mt Williamson Motel. 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. 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. Now running 30 pounds lighter, we were able to pick up our pace as we raced the sun to the top. Your trip reports and photos are wonderful and a source of inspiration. The pyramid shaped peak in the picture below is East Vidette Peak. https://www.facebook.com/bearfoottheory, And I’ll also be sure to check out the camino de santiago! Next we hit Bighorn Plateau, a flat sandy landscape at 11,430 feet. 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."' Awesome Paul! One question, is the trail to the top of MT Whitney easily discernible in the dark/early morning Twitter-light? Whitney. 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. The USS Kearsarge was named for Kearsarge Peak in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. Did you exit through Onion Valley junction or did you take a different path? And with limited space in the bear canister, that would have been an issue for us. 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. Mosquitos are out there too - I've gotten about 30 bites so far. It was hard to believe we’d soon be standing on top of it. It’s was FREEZING cold up there, but the sunrise was everything we wanted it to be. For my friend Brad, he pretty much stayed in his swim suit, no matter what the weather. The journey headed west over Kearsarge Pass, joined the John Muir Trail, and then headed south towards the west face of Mt Whitney. That’s awesome. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. 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. we were on the final stretch of the pass, Brad scurried off ahead of me. One big question I have for you is your recommendation on how much time to take to hike the JMT? Soon we passed Timberline Lake and this meadow would be the last greenery we encountered until we came down from Whitney the next day. This hike began in Onion Valley near Independence CA. My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. Gould. Good luck and happy hiking! Michelle, Anthony, Danny, and I backpack from Onion Valley Campground to Mt. Yet again, another awesome write-up, with awesome photos. Eventually, the rain subsided, and as we emerged from our tent, we got to watch a dramatic cloudy sunset. I’m just a regular gal who likes to hike. You lose about 5,500 feet over 8 miles and it’s pretty tough on the knees. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside. WHITNEY) The John Muir Trail is 212 mile of pure Sierra goodness. Can’t wait to hear your answers and thanks so much for the assistance. Then at night switched to long pants. wow, so many pictures! ... Views back up to Mt. Kearsarge Pass. It’s amazing how far we had come since day 1 in terms of our abilities. Should I get the Tom Harrison JMT map or is there another map you recommend? After the sun came up, we were so cold that we couldn’t really stay up there much longer. There are many destinations from this trailhead, including several alpine lakes, and many possibilities for peak bagging if time permits. Langley in the past few weeks, Julia and I have taken a real liking to the Eastern Sierras. I would also recommend hiking to the summit for sunrise. 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. This August, will be my ninth excursion, shortening up the trip; Kearsarge Pass exiting Mount Whitney, planned for August 19, 2019. Dropping our packs ended up being an excellent decision. We did it. Many more buildings, residential? It was what helped motivate me. Let me know if you have any questions! I think I’m ready for something BIG! That night we went to bed early with the jitters, and I barely slept at all. Kristen, Reading your Blog again. While we were very lucky throughout our trip, it’s critical that you have easy access to whatever clothing you need to be comfortable. They send you some sweet coupons & if they post your photo, there’s some incentive$$. Whitney, but the Ranger at Crabtree told me otherwise. 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. Hi Kristen! If you have the option of camping up in the portal for a night before you start your hike, that will help with that. So we decided to keep going in search of those rays. Vital Statistics: Length (round trip): 9 miles 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 … great job on this series! From U.S. 395 turn west on Market Street (Onion Valley Rd.). I’m so excited for everyone who’s headed out there this summer. -Kristen. We covered about 240 miles (including our food drops) over 22 days. Guess I’ll just have to start planning my next long-distance hike. Quickly after leaving Upper Vidette Meadow, we emerged above the treeline and slowly made our way up the talus trail. East side of Mt. We like to travel with a tent or staying in budget hotel/hostel. I even felt a little emotional up there. I loved your trip report, or I’d better call it “tale”, as it made me dreaming of being there. Thanks and let me know if you have any other questions! We arrived at Guitar Lake in the mid-afternoon and found all of the campsites were already in the shade. All that planning and all that hiking to get there. Curious if you or bRad ever tried fishing for food? After a resupply and refresh at the Mt. really insightful and well written-and your photos are amazing! I did this hike in October of 2016. I am 56 and have not back packed in 35 years, but you have inspired me. Can’t wait for my JMT this summer! 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 … 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable ... Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. 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. Where did you exit after you climbed down Whitney? Thank you for your inspirational writing!,. The biggest and baddest pass of them all…or at least that was the rumor on the trail. My brother is currently on the JMT and I would meet up with him on the trail from Kearsarge pass to summit Mt. He has a higher tresh hold for cold weather than most people. Whitney. It was a really cool experience and you will avoid hiking up there with the bulk of the crowds. And I think by the time you are solo, you’ll be in such a groove that it wont be a big deal. 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