A series of switchbacks seems endless but finally ends at the junction with the Mount Whitney Trail. One of the trails that leads to the summit follows the Cottonwood Lakes Trail to Cottonwood Lake #4, and then continues on via Old Army Pass up out of the lake basin and to the summit. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. The trail offers a number of activity options and … It begins at the Horseshoe Meadow parking lot at an elevation of 10,000 feet. From the Sierra Nevada Crest, the Pacific Crest Trail descends 1500 feet to Rock Creek before starting a climb of 1360 feet to Guyot Pass. The summit of Mount Muir is visible from this point on the trail. Come along on my hike from Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney. Question. This places the … It's closed during the winter and rocks are removed daily at 4:00 pm (that should give a hint to the nature of this road.) If you are not suffering from the altitude, the next 2 miles will be enjoyable as the trail snakes through impressive rock towers and past windows in the Sierra Nevada crest that provide breathtaking views of Trail Camp, the Mount Whitney Trail, and the Owens Valley far below. The trail passes through some beautiful high Sierra Nevada meadow terrain with widely spaced lodgepole, limber, and foxtail pine. Extra time allows for more enjoyable pace. Hiked this back in September 2018; absolutely stunning scenery, first real time where I did backpacking and can safely say that I will be planning on returning to this trail sometime in the future and continue backpacking. Best... hike... ever. The others follow in quick succession. Mile 8.1 to 14.0 (Siberian Pass Trail to Lower Rock Creek Crossing) At the Siberian Pass Trail junction, stay on the Pacific Crest Trail by angling left toward Lower Rock Creek Crossing. There are twelve walk-in campground sites, toilets, and piped water near the trailhead. From the summit there are impressive views of the east face of Mount Muir directly below, ninety-seven switchbacks in the Mount Whitney Trail, Trail Camp, Consultation Lake, Arc Pass, Whitney Portal, and the Owens Valley far below. After an hour on the summit it is time to consider the hike out. Then turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road. Climb a crack to your right, gaining the small summit block. There a very nice camp site right at Gyuot Creek. July 11, 2015. You get a nice high start, and the trail is excellent. The first trail steps of my PCT Journey began after a car shuttle. The views of Hitchcock Lakes, Guitar Lake, and the mountain panorama steadily improve as you gain elevation. Whitney 2016 ... Glacier National Park Hiking … Join the John Muir Trail by turning right toward Timberline Lake and Guitar Lake. Hikers ready to start the John Muir Trail! Mt. On the other hand, this may be the most strenuous portion of the trip because the altitude may have depleted your strength, energy, and desire to continue. This video is about Father/Son Cottonwood Pass to Mt. It's a great way to climb Mount Whitney if you don't have any permit and you're up for a 3-4 days hike in the mountain. There are also numerous campsites a little higher at the 11,900-foot level near a series of small tarns linked by a small stream flowing toward Hitchcock Lakes. 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. From Los Angeles, California, take the I-5 North to the 14 North to the 395 North and then turn left on My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. 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. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. This popular trail is perhaps the easiest of the routes not originating at Whitney Portal. 5 am start was plenty early. Over the last couple of miles the trail drops about 1000 feet to Rock Creek. Beautiful views the whole way. Follow Horseshoe Meadow Road to its end. Easy 6.5 miles, gentle grade to 11000’, all shaded. Retrieved entry car and went for burgers and beer. Follow the Pacific Crest Trail in a west-northwest direction as it gently traverses the southwest slopes of Cirque Peak into Sequoia National Park and onto the Siberian Pass Trail. A bear-proof food storage box has been placed southeast of the creek about 0.1 mile from the Crabtree Patrol Cabin near the creek crossing. Day 0 Horseshoe Meadow overnight with exit car at Whitney Portal There are numerous excellent places to camp near the lake. Whitney Restaurant. Whitney Trail and Mountaineers Route in .GPX Format GPX.gpx 335 KB GPS Waypoints and Tracks for the Mt. Mile 3.5 to 8.1 (Cottonwood Pass to Siberian Pass Trail) At the four-way trail junction just beyond Cottonwood Pass, turn right onto the Pacific Crest Trail toward Rock Creek. Consider camping near Guitar lake or continue about 0.3 mile and camp near a tarn at 11,600 feet. Alternatively, instead of turning left toward Lower Rock Creek Crossing at the Siberian Pass Trail junction, you can leave the Pacific Crest Trail by turning right toward Rock Creek Trail and Lower Soldier Lake. At Guyot Pass, one can climb the ridge, over easy terrain, to the summit of Mount Guyot with its 360-degree views of the Sierra Nevada and Mount Whitney. Driving up Horseshoe Meadows Road is a white knuckle ride for sure! The paved road is usually open from May to late October. It is essentially free of snow by mid-June, so it is a good trail to take before the wilderness permit quotas become effective each summer (starting the last Friday by June). MT. Day 3 Guyot Creek to Guitar Lake This trailhead (along with the New Army Pass trailhead) starts at nearly 10,000 feet, the highest starting point of any of the trips in this guidebook, with an elevation gain of only 7341 feet over about 30 miles of trail. From the pass the trail advances past Crabtree Meadow and the Crabtree Patrol Cabin, where it joins the John Muir Trail on its way to the summit of Whitney. Whitney, which offers a great view of the surrounding area, and it sees far less hikers and permit can be picked up last minute. Whitney Portal. The top of each needle is visible from the trail. A great option is to park and Whitney Portal and prearrange with Paul at eastsidesierrashuttle.com to shuttle you … Arrived at Portal just before sunset after 16 miles. Located at about 10,000 feet altitude it is a central hub for many day- and back-backing trips. Mile 20.4 to 24.2 (Lower Crabtree Meadow to Guitar Lake) At the trail junction in Lower Crabtree Meadow, take the right fork leading to the Crabtree Patrol Cabin and Guitar Lake. The trail along the west side of the crest provides an excellent opportunity to scramble up Mount Muir and to bag the four 14,000-foot subpeaks of Mount Whitney: Aiguille Extra, Third Needle, Crooks Peak (also known as Day Needle), and Keeler Needle. Unbelievable scenery. At the trail junction near Rock Creek, turn left and hike along the creek, passing the ranger station on the way to Lower Rock Creek Crossing. Left excess gear at trail junction. Class of 2015, Northbound, Thru-hiker. HORSESHOE MEADOW TRAILHEAD The trailhead is located 24 miles from Lone Pine. The route begins by ascending Cottonwood Pass (a gradual climb of about 1260 feet), where it picks up the Pacific Crest Trail traversing the southwest slopes of Cirque Peak. 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. Still a small patch of snow just below the summit, but not an issue in good shoes. Click for full size 2400 x 1800 map (2 MB) in a separate window. Coming soon - Zero Carbon Shuttle! Our trips originate trips primarily from Horseshoe Meadows. The top 50 feet of climbing is Class 3. GPS Waypoints and Tracks for the Mt. New Army Pass was straightforward. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. 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… Continue about 20 miles up this precipitous two-lane to the signed parking area for the section of Cottonwood Lakes Trail leading to New Army Pass. John Muir Trail: Horseshoe Meadow to Happy Isles [CLOSED] is a 227.8 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. There is room for only three or four carefully placed climbers on top at any one time. It starts off fairly level then descends a bit to the golden trout camp area. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Copyright © 2001 by Paul Richins, Jr. For information on referenced chapters, please refer to the book. About a mile from the trailhead, the trail crosses the creek and less than 100 yards from this crossing, there's a faint, almost invisible trail going off to the left. Always love this trail. We will work our way to Crabtree Meadows, where we will make camp for a day hike to the summit of Mt. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. It's well worth the drive to get to 10,000 feet in altitude very quickly but it is has … Mile 27.7 to 29.7 (Mount Whitney Trail to Mount Whitney) There are only 2 more miles to the summit and a little more than 1000 feet of elevation gain. This time, Horseshoe seemed like the best option. Its easy access by the Horseshoe Meadow Road from Owens Val… The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Return to your pack and hike out the Mount Whitney Trail. Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadow $85 first passenger, $30 each additional. There is also a stock camp exactly at the Rock Creek crossing (it is about 1 before Gyuot Creek). On the trail from Horseshoe Meadow After some lengthy discussions, we called it a training hike, going about 2 miles out and turning back, rather than making it all the way to Chicken Spring Lake, for a 4 mile day at 10,000’. A good number of backpackers choose to hike northbound from Whitney or even Horseshoe Meadow/Cottonwood Lakes because permits are easier to obtain. The Mt Whitney Trail is a well maintained 11 mile foot path to the summit of Mt Whitney. At the upper end of the meadow, the trail begins its upward climb to Cottonwood Pass, gaining about 1000 feet in less than 2 miles. Day 2 Long Lake to Guyot Creek Day 1 Horseshoe Meadow to Long Lake (Had food for 2 more nights if needed.) Whitney; however, if you were to enter/exit at Whitney Portal, you would have to hike about 9 miles along the Mt. Deer are often seen browsing in these meadows. The plan I came up with was a slight variation on our 2012 trip, but on a much tighter schedule: drive to Whitney Portal, leave the car, “teleport” over to Horseshoe Meadows. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. Here the trail runs level for a while and then climbs out of the basin to the Cottonwood Lakes area. From the lake, the John Muir Trail climbs about 500 feet to Guitar Lake. The area around Timberline Lake is closed to camping. Planning Your Hike. After this initial climb, the rate of ascent slackens. or Tom Harrison Mount Whitney High Country Trail Map (1:63,360), Trail Profile Table: Cottonwood Pass Trail. 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. Mostly out of tree cover except for sections right next to Rock Creek. Beautiful sunrise views. Smooth trip up New Army Pass and onward to Sky Blue Lake in the Miter Basin. 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. added keeler needle on the way down. Near the 10,400-foot level, the trail crosses Guyot Creek. Although the trail is about 100 feet lower at the junction with the Siberian Pass Trail, there is a gain of about 500 feet over this trail segment. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. This is also the trail segment that connects the Cottonwood Pass Trail with the New Army Pass Route. This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. To reach the trailhead from Lone Pine, drive three miles west on Whitney Portal Road to Horseshoe Meadow Road and turn left. Guests arrive at 7AM at Horseshoe Meadows. Pretty sunset with the moon approaching full. Trip total 43 miles, 8900’ gain. If the weather is nice, spend some time on top; take in the scenery and savor your accomplishment. Refer to Chapter 4 for a complete discussion of wilderness permit requirements. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. The trail itself is impressive as it climbs through the talus, large rock faces, and imposing granite towers. The trail begins at 8,360 Ft, and ends at the 14,508 Ft summit of Mt Whitney. We got a pair of walk-in permits (it was easy since we were entering on a loop and less traveled route. Did it in late October this year!! Whitney Trail and Mountaineers Route for Google Earth Google.kmz 26.4 KB Many excellent campsites are nearby among the widely spaced foxtail pine. I have official notification that we have a permit for the July dates for our Mount Whitney excursion! Both camps are close to running creeks. This option is slightly longer but affords a worthwhile side trip to beautiful Lower Soldier Lake and passes through numerous lush alpine meadows along Rock Creek. 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