I had dinner with Taxi and Bison, two friends who I’ve hiked with before. Unfortunately the Chamber of Commerce lot was getting a face lift. The hike to Long Lake went pretty quick. She has seen my more recent adventures … Nonetheless, I was shocked that the trail seemed unfamiliar by hiking it at a different time of day. We later heard she had been in her tent for three days suffering from an unknown illness and was on bad shape. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Cottonwood Pass Trail is considered easier while Cottonwood Lakes Trail is considered more scenic and difficult. I still was able to stay in my bag and lay around for a while. Had someone who hiked Whitneybeen injured and was being rescued?! If arriving at Horseshoe Meadow made me feel like a 6 year-old at Disneyland’s gates, then stepping onto the PCT felt like climbing into a car on Space Mountain! I didn’t sleep well due to a mix of excitement and anxiety, but still woke up feeling energized. I wouldn’t allow myself to think so. Three years ago I was doing the same trip, only hauling … It was odd repeating trail I had done only a few days before. You can trek a little more north, but requires that you climb New Army Pass. Rescue helicopter    Day 1 -- Horseshoe Meadow to Soldier Lake via Cottonwood Pass 10.49 miles 1899’ elevation gain 7:35 hiking time Starting Pack weight ~47lbs (2L water) The night before starting the backpack we headed up to the Horseshoe Meadows trailhead, at 9940’ it's a nice spot to get acclimated to the high elevation campsites we'd stay at on this trip. Crabtree Meadow: One box has been placed southeast of the creek about 0.1 mile south of the Crabtree Patrol Cabin near the ... Mile 0 to 3.5 (Horseshoe Meadow to Cottonwood Pass) For the first two miles the Cottonwood Pass Trail skirts Horseshoe Meadow, gaining only 200 feet in the process. 3. Uneven terrain. The boys got an early ride back to Kearsage Pass allowing me to have some solid alone time in our shared hotel room. Instead, I would do a 3 mile hike to get back on trail 40 miles south of where we left the trail days before. I was sad to see them go but also glad I would not have to do the steep climb back over Kearsage pass with a full pack, heavy with multiple days of food. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This meant big mile days. 2. The meadows are separated by Cottonwood Pass, which you must climb over to access the Golden Trout Wilderness and the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Has anyone hiked Whitney via Horseshoe Meadows? Route: Horseshoe Meadow to Mount Whitney via Cottonwood Pass Nights on Trail: 4 Miles: ~33 Shuttle: East Side Sierra Shuttle (Great!) Whitney) By Sarah Marjorie. I went via New Army Pass, Rock Creek, and Guyot pass to Guitar Lake. Whitney to Crabtree Meadows, then down from Crabtree to Horseshoe Meadows. Horseshoe Meadow and Big Whitney Meadow, both about 10,000 feet above sea level, look like mirror images of each other from afar. Class of 2015, Northbound, Thru-hiker. HORSESHOE MEADOW TRAILHEAD The trailhead is located 24 miles from Lone Pine. 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. Nonetheless, I was shocked that the trail seemed unfamiliar by hiking it at a different time of day. As I got closer to the trail that would take me from the PCT to Crabtree Meadows, I saw a helicopter circling the area. I always keep backpack ready just in case the opportunity arises to get away for a weekend in the High Sierra . In terms of cooking, I brought MSR backpacking stove, so I heated up my food that way. In the late afternoon, dark clouds formed overhead producing a light rain shower. We secured the permit in April and started preparing. The boys got an early ride back to Kearsage Pass allowing me to have some solid alone time in our shared hotel room. MILE 766.3 | Follow the trail up Mt. I've shown up there at midnight before. Horseshoe Meadow campground to Crabtree Meadow (mile 766), 23 miles Cost: Camped, free. The alarm went off at 5am, I did some quick last minute packing then we drove through the drive-thru at McDonalds and I ate breakfast in the car while Howard drove back up the very windy road to Horseshoe Meadows campground. and short day to Tyndall Creek Campsites. Horseshoe Meadows Road and Cottonwood Lakes/New Army Pass/John Muir Lake trails. I couldn’t fit all my food in my bear can and knew I would need to camp in the campsites that had locking bear boxes the first three nights. 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. Day 1 - Horseshoe Meadows to Rock Creek, 13 miles, 2200 ft of gain Day 2 - Mt. Steep sections. Was up … Some uneven terrain. You can still camp at Horseshoe Meadows. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The weather didn’t improve until later in the evening. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. We arrived and started out in the afternoon. It's nice to get up at that elevation to aclimatize without the effort of hiking while you're asleep. I intended to only hike about 3 miles and find a campspot near Poison Meadow Spring. ( Log Out /  Day 1 Horseshoe Meadows to Long Lake I drove up to Lone Pine and hid my car in a residential area of Lone Pine. Because of this decision, my pack was brutally heavy. Three campgrounds are located in the Horseshoe Meadow Area. I didn’t sleep well due to a mix of excitement and anxiety, but still woke up feeling energized. Ughhhhhh. Whitney). Drive twenty miles up mountain switchbacks to road’s end at Horseshoe Meadow. Horseshoe Meadows Loop - September 2015 Sly Blue Lake in Miter Basin. Horseshoe Meadow is a vast 10,000 foot high meadow, surrounded by lodgepole pine forest. The Journalist collects the latest PCT blog posts from around the web and displays them in a central location. . We ended up getting a campsite outside of the meadow, very near where the JMT crosses Whitney Creek just shy of the ranger station. I instantly and unreservedly liked him for reasons I can't explain. I was exhausted and quickly fell asleep under the stars. Background. The boys got an early ride back to Kearsage Pass allowing me to have some solid alone time in our shared hotel room. Not a great place to be camped and I hope that I wasn’t like that yesterday. Then suddenly there were blue skies as the sunset. I prepared my bag with only the things I needed: food, water, rain jacket, and warm layers. 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We hiked up to John Muir Lake (quiet! Took a waist pack directly up the sand to Discovery Pinnacle and on to Whitney Peak. The lighting changed certain sections so drasctially, I felt like I must have dreamt how I saw the trail the previous time. Bad omens? Honestly surprised it is paved all the way up. . View fullsize. Trails from Horseshoe Meadow provide access to the Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. I didn’t sleep well due to a mix of excitement and anxiety, but still woke up feeling energized. July 11, 2015. Whitney (!!!) No obstacles. Its easy access by the Horseshoe Meadow Road from Owens Val… To reach the trailhead from Lone Pine, drive three miles west on Whitney Portal Road to Horseshoe Meadow Road and turn left. We got there late in the day too, and it was pretty crowded. Located at about 10,000 feet altitude it is a central hub for many day- and back-backing trips. Whitney from Crabtree Meadow and descend to Whitney Portal (5,100 ft / 1,554 m descent). Change ), Days 44 to 46: Crabtree Ranger Station to Vidette Meadow Campsites (Forester Pass!) The road to Horseshoe Meadow … I hiked 21 miles to get from Horseshoe Meadow to Crabtree Meadow at the base of Whitney. That night and the following morning were a foreboding way to start a week in the backcountry, as we were hit with sporadic rain, hail, and lightning. This worried me, but I hung on to the knowledge of the good weather forecast the next morning to keep my hopes up. This would finish out section G and match up to where we've hiked before. Moderate inclines. I decided to wake up at 5 AM instead of 3 AM to allow the ice some time to soften. Only hitch is we don't have the right permit, nor do we have the required bear canister that is needed beyond Cottonwood Pass. MILE 750.2 | Follow Cottonwood Pass 4 mi / 6.4 km to Horseshoe Meadow and then hitch 18 mi / 28.9 km to Lone Pine. I packed out 8 days of food since I would do Whitney and then immediately continue on into the High Sierras. After doing some research, the route became clear pretty quickly: Horseshoe Meadows to New Army Pass, down Cold Creek, over Guyot Pass to Crabtree and over and out. Horseshoe Meadows is in Inyo National Forest, and I believe that they just prohibit campfire everywhere in the park. He said he'd been considering hiring mules - price, apparently, wasn't an issue, "because I'm rich" - but decided to go self-supported for the bragging rights. You can reach Horseshoe Meadow by car or private shuttle from Lone Pine. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. to Lone Pine via Kearsage Pass, Day 48: Summit of Mt. Send a request to have your blog added by emailing us at [email protected]. JMT - Day 4 - Crabtree Meadow to Tyndall Creek August 21, 2016 Day 4 9.7 miles / 47.7 total Steps: 27,496 Tyndall Creek Days without shower 5 The people around me this morning were loud as they got up and got ready to head towards Whitney. Both trails are roughly the same distance and will take you to Crabtree via the Pacific Crest Trail. Planning to get over Cottonwood pass and camp on the way to Crabtree Meadows. ( Log Out /  Pickering, 9 miles, 4500 ft Day 3 - Mt. Starting off again after a good break. As I descended into the lower meadow I could see a woman being assisted into a helicopter. Flat. Then it started to pour. This seemed like a route that's not too crowded, there's no actual climbing involved, and though we've never spent more than three nights in the wilderness, we were confident we can handle it. -- Is the Horseshoe Meadows campground synonymous with Cottonwood Lakes trailhead or is there additional mileage to get to the trailhead from the campground?-- Where was your first and second nights camp with mileage from trailhead? After three miles, turn left on Horseshoe Meadow Road. Horseshoe Meadows Loop 2015. It's definitely classic Sierra topography and vegetation by this time. How did you like it? 11AM Sunday started Horseshoe Meadow-Cottonwood Pass-Upper Soldier Lake (the smallest one where the vista of the Mider Basin can be seen beyond). I did this trip a couple years ago. Fantastic on a motorcycle, but be alert for rocks...they seem to fall daily, and yes there is a daily pickup, but don't take chances. Continue reading on Chasing my day dream's blog... Are on a platform such as WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr or TrailJournals.com that provide valid RSS/atom feeds. You camp right at your car, and weather permitting, you can just lay out a tarp and sleeping bags. Their quick whit helped ease any worry I had. ( Log Out /  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. When I did my first Whitney trip via Horseshoe Meadow, our second day was hiking from Soldier Lake to Crabtree (a pretty long day). A network of trails leads into the Golden Trout Wilderness or north into the John Muir Wilderness. This last part was identical with the first leg of the Whitney trip (going the other way, of course), but we didn't mind. so when the mountain gods provided an opening last weekend I grabbed my gear and headed for the backcountry. Cottonwood Pass - Guyout Pass - Crabtree Pass - New Army Pass. Took a shuttle up to Horseshoe Meadows and started for Long Lake around noon. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. I was sad to see them go but also glad I would not have […]. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. I didn’t use fire. We decided not to visit Mt. We returned to the Horseshoe Meadows trail head where we spent a night in the campground to acclimate. I was still worried about summit conditions. Day 5: Crabtree and Rock Creek With a 10 am start, we headed back to Crabtree, and then left the John Muir Trail to go towards Horseshoe Meadow. Horseshoe Meadows to Horseshoe Meadows Pack your tackle for the ultimate Golden trout fishing adventure. It was odd repeating trail I had done only a few days before. Howard carried my pack the 1.8 miles back up to the PCT where … Day 47: Horseshoe Meadow to Crabtree Meadows / Ranger Station (base of Mt. The road itself is a wonder -- ! Mostly flat. The Cottonwood Pass trailhead is at the east end of the campground. Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney August 02, 2016 / Tim McGrath. He was doing what we later realized is a pretty popular traverse, from Mt. I only brought 2 liters of water to begin with. She has seen the photos of me in Sequoia as a young boy and canoeing down the Colorado with the Boy Scouts. I would add my sleeping bag as a safety measure in the morning. Throughout her childhood, my daughter, Sophia, has heard the stories of my adventures. We got a pair of walk-in permits (it was easy since we were entering on a loop and less traveled route. Would it be icier? 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… Join us in thanking these generous businesses for their support of the Pacific Crest Trail. View fullsize. Past Crabtree, the landscape is dry and less varied; this was the first time I found the word 'slog' trying to escape from my mouth. We decided last night to hike to Crabtree Meadows and out to Lone Pine over Trails Crest on the shoulder of Mount Whitney. Experience the subalpine beauty of Sequoia National Park with camps at Tyndal Creek, Wallace Creek, Crabtree Meadows and Rock Creek. ( Log Out /  You can call the ranger to confirm but I’m pretty sure that it isn’t allowed anywhere anymore this summer. Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 … Monday- Crossed the Mider Basin and up and over Crabtree Pass and dumped my gear in the rocks at the bottom of uppermost Crabtree Lake. Horseshoe Meadow lies in the Inyo National Forest southwest of Lone Pine in the Eastern Sierra Nevada at the boundary of the Southern Sierra to the south and the High Sierra to the north. If you’re tech savvy, an RSS link to a ‘PCT’ or ‘Pacific Crest Trail’ tag is fine. Some rocks, roots. You can also purchase This would be my first solo trip. Anyone ever taken this route? I hiked 21 miles to get from Horseshoe Meadow to Crabtree Meadow at the base of Whitney. 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