Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. You will still need to acquire permits for these trails, but they are not part of the lottery system, and you can apply for permits starting 6 months in advance of your trip. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. It is not a loop so you'll need to figure out how to get back to your car or have a car waiting at the end. Signed permit must be in the group leaderâs possession.Â, Everyone in the group must start on entry date and location on permit.Â, You cannot exceed the group size stated on permit.Â, Groups cannot combine to exceed 15 people.Â, Permit is only valid for one continuous wilderness trip.Â, Â For trips ending at Mt Whitney (Whitney Portal) the permit must specify the exit date and exit point of, Do not leave food or refuse in your car or tent. From what I understand that is all we need and we can camp anywhere along that route with that permit. and after picking up the permit in Lone Pine, first we drove up to Horseshoe Meadows. Departure: Lone Pine, California / Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead Group Size: 10 … California 25 contributions 20 helpful votes. For Reservations: Reservations for Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits can only be made online on Recreation.gov. i just called the ranger station for info about permits into ansel adams wilderness, and they were very helpful, and also curious about my trip, what entry i'm taking to what trail/route i chose, what i'm gonna be doing, etc. Inyo and Mono Counties are included in Southern California regional stay at home orders. Just about 40 miles starting in Horseshoe Meadow and ending at Whitney Portal. Just south of Lone Pine, the gateway to Mt Whitney, you leave Rt 395 and climb 6,000 feet up Horseshoe Meadow Road, a long windy road up the side of the mountain. Also - do you have a Cal Fire permit? We won't be carrying a stove anyway so won't have to worry about that. One permit is valid for the duration of a trip, including traveling through adjacent parks and forests. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. Whitney. Recreation.gov is your gateway to explore America's outdoor Awesome weather was enjoyed. Find incredible places and experiences that help you bring home a story through Whitney. You can apply for a permit six months before your start date unless you’re exiting through Whitney Portal. Cottonwood Pack Station is located at Horseshoe Meadows. Hope you guys have a great time! Has anyone done this route due to difficulty and cost coordinating a shuttle between Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadow not to mention the permit nightmare entering the portal side? Permits are issued from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and are required for both backpackers and day hikers. Local services in the area are affected. The meadows are separated by Cottonwood Pass, which you must climb over to access the Golden Trout Wilderness and the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Anyone ever taken this route? From the signal light in Lone Pine on US 395, drive 3.5 miles west on the Whitney Portal Road. Competition for permits from other entry points outside Yosemite is not as stiff. Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). 15 miles daily does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility as I have done more. Our trails offer possibilities for hiking, photography, peak bagging, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beauty of the High Sierra. Whitney instead. I've read some information that says you will need one even for a camp stove. Whitney Zone. The Horseshoe Meadows parking lot is the starting point for Mt Langley, and is pretty quiet during the night. Request your permit by email to print out before the trip. By then the wind had shifted and we were smoke free in Lone Pine. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. Review wilderness rules for specific areas where containers are required.Â Â, Pack out all your trash, help keep our wilderness areas pristine.Â, Protect water quality, donât use soap in natural waterways, even biodegradable soap can damage aquatic life. And their site has info. As you travel along the access road, be on the lookout in a few miles (3.1) for Horseshoe Meadows Road on the left. Whitney (allowing you to hike the entire JMT), Cottonwood Lakes Trail and Cottonwood Pass Trail . Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. Coming soon - Zero Carbon Shuttle! new adventures through a one-stop shop for inspiration and ideation, trip planning, information sharing, Date of experience: June 2018. I did this trip a couple years ago. Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips into John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout and Hoover Wilderness, and Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. I was going to climb Cirque but the road to Horseshoe Meadows was still closed. Check the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for winter conditions for the East Side from Bishop to Lee Vining. No refund of reservation fee.Â. When we entered the Mt. The hiking itself took us twenty-two days, with resupplies in Independence at the wonderful Mt. The route is about 129 miles of the PCT, plus a 12 mile resupply side trip and a hike to the top of Whitney. Not all camps show, some in itinerary are outside GT area. Langley is only about 500 feet shorter than Mt. Most people aim for Mt Whitney, and Whitney is certainly a noteworthy and great peak to climb, but I personally would consider the Mt Langley Trail more beautiful. This coming summer I want to do the trip, but maybe change it up a little and get to Guitar Lake via Soldier Lake to Sky Blue Lake and Crabtree Lakes to Guitar Lake. You will still need to acquire permits for these trails, but they are not part of the lottery system, and you can apply for permits starting 6 months in advance of your trip. While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley’s hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. This is a long, 2 hours 24 minutes version of my trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Langley, Miter Basin, Crabtree Pass, Guitar Lake and further to Mt Whitney just as the fires got real bad. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Day 0 - L.A. to Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadows We got up early. Whitney. Hitch over to Horseshoe Meadows, hike up to Trail Pass, then to Chicken Spring Lake - 8 miles 2)Chicken Spring Lake to Guyot Creek (really nice camping area) - 11 miles 3)Guyot Creek to Guitar Lake - 8.5 miles; lots of time to fish in Crabtree Meadows streams - LOTS of trout. Just did this exact route in August with a party of 5, except we exited Whitney Portal. Mt Langley is located in the US state of California and is part of the southern section of the Sierra Nevada.Getting there is similar to getting to Mt Whitney.Take US highway 395 to Lone Pine, CA and head west on the Whitney Portal Road. Is that right? Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake Roads closed at lower gate. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. The walk-in campground had many campers. If you have the time and enjoy backpacking, you could approach the Summit of Mt Whitney from Onion Valley or use Horseshoe Meadow Trail (which is the trail that most folks use to climb Mt Langley).Both routes will eventually link you up with the John Muir Trail. Put on your pack and hit the trail. On top of Mt. Turn south on Horseshoe Meadow Road. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Very strenuous, especially to those not acclimated. As I understand it you would request an overnight permit with an entry from Cottonwood Lakes or Cottonwood Pass trailheads (both of which are in the Horseshoe Meadows area). For more information please visit our Climbing Mt. The group leader signing the permit is accepting responsibility to ensure everyone in their group will follow the rules and regulations on the permit. Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). 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. The road climbs to about 10,000 feet elevation in approximately 15 miles, and ends at Horseshoe Meadows. Onion Valley to South Lake or North Lake $260 first 2 passengers, $50 each additional. Hike your heart out. In other areas poop should be buried six to eight inches deep and at least 100 feet or more from water sources, trails, or campsites.Â, Respect other visitorâs desire for quiet and solitude. Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. As wilderness permits for a traditional Happy-Isles-to-Mount-Whitney hike get harder and harder to get, many people are considering alternatives. I let that dream go for 2019. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). But this is what the ranger at the ranger station, and two patrol rangers told me they understood the rule to be. Just wanted to make sure cause we will be overnight in Sequoia NP and didn't want to miss any other hoops we need to jump through. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. Whitney - … In the morning we simply drove back down to Lone Pine, got some breakfast, and drove back up to the Portal in order to start our adventure up Mt Whitney. There are two trails that begin here that can connect you to the JMT near Mt. Whitney Portal. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure but still open OR closed due to fire. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. Yep, that’s right. At 14,495 feet, Mount Whitney is the high point of the lower forty-eight states and the goal of many. r/Ultralight is the largest online Ultralight Backpacking community! I also learned that getting a summit permit by entering from Horseshoe Meadows was no sure thing because I also needed a Whitney Portal exit permit. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. If you didn’t get your permit application for the main trail in by February, or don’t want to attempt a more technical ascent up the Mountaineers Route, this on-trail option may be for you. Recreation.gov! Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. See "What. There will be two nights in hotels. Whitney Pack Trains portion of the Rock Creek Pack Station operates under permit by the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Whitney area are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. AdkWalker - interesting about the Cal Fire Permit. If there isn’t for some reason, you can go the in person route. 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. At 4.7 miles the road crosses Tuttle Creek and at 5.3 miles Lubken Creek (you can take narrow, paved Lubken Road to bypass Lone Pine from or to Highway 395). Day Use – Mt Whitney Zone This permit is valid for one day only Three campgrounds are located in the Horseshoe Meadow Area. Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadow $85 first passenger, $30 each additional. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. Getting there is an adventure in itself; the road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine. Dispose of trash in bear resistant trash cans.Â, Bear resistant food storage containers are recommended for all wilderness travelers. Hike your heart out. Mt Whitney Trail permit is not valid for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek approach to climbing routes like Mountaineers Route, East Face, East Buttress, or Mt Russell. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. Some conditions observed: No evidence of rockfall on the Horseshoe Meadows Road. Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 … We provide tools and tips to discover Whitney Portal. Not sure if you're doing Cottonwood Pass or Cottonwood Lakes, but the campsite at the end of Soldier Lake is one of the nicest I've ever seen. Log onto your account at Recreation.gov to make changes or call the wilderness permit office for Inyo National Forest for reservation assistance (760) 873-2483. We will work our way to Crabtree Meadows, where we will make camp for a day hike to the summit of Mt. I have a permit for four exiting Mt. I've done this exact hike this year. Permits and permit fees included. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. How did you like it? In February of this year (2020), I was able to secure some permits for the summit of Mount Whitney by going online to recreation.gov and getting some permits for two people, 6 months in advance. Reservation fees are used to finance the on-line reservation system and software for permit data. The trail crest exit quota was plenty full for walk-ins) We left our car at the Portal and hired Whitney Shuttle to pick us up and bring us to Horseshoe Meadows. We even met some old-timers camping on the Whitney summit! Horseshoe Meadows - Lone Pine, CA Saturday August 10, 2013 ... End result, we had two overnight permits and two day hike permits for Mt. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. Give us a call if you have any questions. Generally, you can camp anywhere you'd like along the route. Whitney Portal Road closed at the upper gate. The Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead marks the start of a great adventure into beautiful meadows, lakes, and alpine terrain. Remember to leave this place undamaged so it will continue to be what we seek of wilderness.Â. There is an extra fee for this, but no quota, so you should be able to tell them when you pick up your permit and they'll sort you out. Whitney (5 days with travel time). Learn more about planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF) in Inyo National Forest. No additional camping permits/fees needed (except $6 walkup fee @ Horseshoe Meadow if you stay there before you hike). I am in excellent shape, very strong and fast and am a cyclist. Kearsage Pass (Onion Valley Road) and Cottonwood Pass (Horseshoe Meadow Road) are both popular trailheads for hiking to Mt. ... are going from Horseshoe Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows starting mid August. We were hungry so got in the Jeep and headed to Lone Pine and the Mt Whitney Restaurant for burgers. I went via New Army Pass, Rock Creek, and Guyot pass to Guitar Lake. 4) Guitar Lake to Mt. Mt. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. A picture/video montage with information, distances, and captions from our 45 mile, 5-day through backpack from Horseshoe Meadows/New Army pass to the summit of Mt. Mt. Planning Your Hike Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. Whitney Zone, there were more people and less spots (especially after Crabtree Ranger Station) and we had to use WAG bags, but it was still quite easy to find a spot at Guitar Lake. In order to camp at and summit Mt. Whitney Permit in 2020: Understanding the Permit & Lottery Process for Day Hiking and Backpacking the Whitney Area 14er, Backpacking, JMT, Hiking Related, Outdoor All Allison Boyle March 11, 2020 Mt- Whitney, Mount Whitney, Mt. Whitney 2016 - Duration: 8:28. Taboose Pass Trail and Red Lake Trail are closed for the 2020 season due to hazards from the Taboose wildfire. Come to experience nature and let it refresh your spirit. Cottonwood Lakes are truly stunning. Whitney to Trail Camp - tough 10 miles On the way back we were going to go Highway 120 and split at Crane Flat … Recommended Maps: JMT Map Pack, Mt. Horseshoe Meadows 14mi. Travel lightly on the land. Krista and I spent a three weeks in August-September 2015 hiking most of the John Muir Trail, northbound, from Horseshoe Meadows (near Lone Pine, around twenty miles south of Mt. If you have any questions about permits or require trip planning assistance, please contact the Inyo National Forest at (760) 873-2483. Visitor centers are issuing all permits by email and phone for the 2020-2021 season. Exit Trailhead: Mulkey Pass / Cottonwood Pass. Directions: Located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road, 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. From Lone Pine turn west onto Whitney Portal Road (mile 0). The place was cramped and busy but I will say, the food was darn good! 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. Reds Meadow Road closed for the season at Mammoth Mountain. Need to Know. Visitors to the Mt. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Next page asks for campsites. Several of our trails give entry to the John Muir Trail or Pacific Crest Trail with the opportunity to trek in the longest roadless section of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This route is roughly the same length as Cottonwood Pass but is both prettier and harder. Read more. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. Obtain permits at any Inyo National Forest visitor center. Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Since we knew we wouldn’t have much time on the return, we ordered a round of Burgers and a 6-pack of beer at th… Do not rely on cell phone for communication or navigation, most of the forest has no cell service.Â, Download maps, and emergency information before starting on the trail.Â, Plan to be self-sufficient, bring adequate supplies of food, water and clothing.Â. and reservations. All people count for wilderness quotas and fees. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Book your permit for a given entrance and itinerary, pick up at one of four locations listed on their site, camp on anything but grass and have a good time. Whitney: Begins at Whitney Portal. However, I really want to backpack Whitney and so I'm thinking about doing it with a different group via Horseshoe Meadows in early September as well. From Horseshoe Meadows, hike west out of the parking lot, staying to the right at the first few junctions. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. There were still a few campsites available, so we quickly set up the tent, left whatever gear we could, then drove to Whitney Portal to drop the car. There’s almost always some available. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. Rangers will help but you’ll get info in an email once you book your permit. A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each permit reservation. If you exit the wilderness in Inyo National Forest for more than 24 hours or re-enter at a different location, a new permit is required for the new entry location. Google Earth animated tour for a backpack trip from Cottonwood Creek (Horseshoe Meadows Campground) to Whitney Portal. Whitney. 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