As a summary of my 18-day schedule to traverse the entire JMT (as well as the travel/planning logistics needed
Research. Purchase a couple books. Read the Yahoo! JMT Group. Learn logistics and planning needs.
Submit permit requests for the lottery via Fax. I obtained my permit in the 8th attempt to start the hike August 24 from Happy Isles. I got the “Golden Ticket” for the entire JMT.
Travel reservations, planning, gear purchase, planning, food decisions, planning, training, planning and sending resupply packages. I ended up sending the following:
- A large box to myself via FedEx to a FedEx office in Turlock, CA so I didn’t have to check in my backpack on the flight out.
- A resupply bucket to Muir Trail Ranch, three weeks before I was to arrive (originally Day 10).
- A resupply bucket to myself to the Tuolumne Meadows Post Office to pick up on Day 3.
- A box of return travel needs (e.g. clothes, iPad, toiletries,…) to the Dow Villa Motel where I was staying after the hike.
Planes, busses and automobiles in order to get to Yosemite.
- Flight from Columbus to Sacramento (through Chicago)
- Rental Car from Sacramento to Merced, CA.
- Stop in Turlock to pick up FedEx box and purchase fuel, lighter and matches.
- Dinner in Merced
- YARTS bus from Merced to Yosemite Valley (The Majestic Yosemite Hotel)
- 1/2 mile walk to the Backpackers Camp
Amazingly, all schedules were on time and there were no hitches.
Woke up early and walked back to the Majestic to catch the Yosemite Valley Shuttle bus to the Wilderness Center. Picked up my permit, received the Leave No Trace lecture, and took a bus to Happy Isles to start my hike. I was on the trail at 9:30am (earlier than I expected).
(click on link of the day # for the report for that day)
|1||Happy Isles||Little Yosemite Valley||1.01||11.9||4800||Half Dome|
|2||Little Yosemite Valley||Upper Cathedral Lake||1.18||12.7||3700||Long Meadow, Cathedral Pass|
|3||Upper Cathedral Lake||Lyell Forks||2.09||15.2||Tuolumne Meadow resupply, Lyell Canyon|
|4||Lyell Forks||Garnet Lake||4.09||13.3||3000||Donohue Pass, Ritter Range, Thousand Island Lake, Ruby Lake, Garnet Lake|
|5||Garnet Lake||Reds Meadow Resort||4.21||14.0||1000||Minarets, Shadow Lake, Devils Postpile|
|6||Reds Meadow Resort||Purple Lake||05.05||13.5||3000||Red Cones|
|7||Purple Lake||Vermillion Valley Resort||VVR Tent Cabin||15.6||2000+||Lake Virginia, Cascade Valley, Squaw Lake, Silver Pass|
|8||Vermillion Valley Resort||Bear Creek||N/A||2.8||400+||Meals and rest at VVR, Bear Creek Cutoff Trail|
|9||Bear Creek||Sallie Keyes Lakes||07.04||15.8||3700||Bear Creek, Marie Lake, Selden Pass|
|10||Sallie Keyes Lakes||Evolution Meadow||07.24||13.6||1400||MTR Resupply|
|11||Evolution Meadow||Wanda Lake||07.38||11.0||2100||Evolution Valley, McClure Meadow, Evolution Lake, Evolution Basin, Sapphire Lake, Wanda Lake|
|12||Wanda Lake||Dear Meadow/Palisade Creek||08.32||17.0||1400||Muir Pass, Muir Hut, Helen Lake, Star Camp, LeConte Canyon|
|13||Dear Meadow/Palisade Creek||South Fork Kings River||09.06||12.5||3200||Golden Staircase, Palisade Lakes, Mather Pass, Upper Basin|
|14||South Fork Kings River||South Fork Woods Creek||10.08||14.1||2900||Lake Marjorie, Pinchot Pass, Golden Gate of the Sierras|
|15||South Fork Woods Creek||Upper Bubbs Creek||11.12||13.2||2900||Arrowhead Lake, Rae Lakes, Glen Pass|
|16||Upper Bubbs Creek||Bighorn Plateau||12.09||12.1||3200||Forester Pass, Bighorn Plateau|
|17||Bighorn Plateau||Guitar Lake||12.21||9.8||1000||Guitar Lake|
After arriving at Whitney Portal, I was able to join the shuttle bus that Hilda and Sebastian had reserved as the last rider (avoiding having to hitchhike). I stayed at the Dow Villa Motel for two nights cleaning up, recuperating and getting my gear packed up to be checked in for the flight home.
6:15 am ESTA bus from Lone Pine to Bishop. Transferred to a different ESTA bus to Reno. Arrived at the Reno Airport one hour before my flight back to Columbus (via Denver). Again, all schedules were on time and I was home by 11pm.