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Begins: Aug 15, 2017
Date: Sat, Jan 21st, 2017
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Resupply Locations 1
I've been working on supply drops in order to keep my carries down to a minimum on each stretch. The beginning of the trip it is very easy to do. You start out in the Valley and carry for 2 to 3 days to Tuolumne Meadows. Resupply. Then another short hop (maybe 4 days depending) to Red's Meadow. From there the next possible location is Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake when you get to Mono Creek Bridge (another 3 to 5 days depending on your pace). You can find excellent information on this at www.edisonlake.com/hikers/thruhiking. In the past you were able to get the VVR to take a package across and store it in the bear box at the Mono Creek Landing.
I contacted Jim at VVR hoping that would be possible again. But times change. The Forest Service discourages that and requires VVR to get a special use permit to do so. Jim told me the only way he would consider that would be IF "Muir Trail Ranch does not or is unable to provide a hiker resupply service this year." I completely understand the reasons why. And I don't want to impose upon the resort to go through the bureaucratic paperwork and nightmare.
So now I have to think of other possible solutions.
One, I can take the Goodale Pass Trail down through Graveyard Meadows to the resort and then take the ferry back across at 4:45 p.m. if I can make it there early enough or the next morning at 9 a.m. if I don't. Downside is you miss Silver Pass, Mono Creek Falls, and that segment of the JMT. I have done that before on one of my previous thru hikes but this trip I want to stay pure and do the entire trail from start to finish. Upside is you can eat a great meal(s) at VVR and enjoy their good fellowship.
Two, I can plan a layover day and take the ferry across to pick up the drop myself. The ferry runs at 9:45 a.m. to the resort and 4 p.m. back to the landing which doesn't leave much time to make the climb over Bear Ridge the same day. Hence the need for a layover day which can be spent at Mono Creek or if you decide to wait until the 9 a.m. ferry the next morning at VVR. Upside is you can eat a great meal(s) at VVR and enjoy their good fellowship until the ferry ride back.
Three, I can take the ferry across at 9:45 a.m. to pick up the drop and then hike the lake back around to continue the JMT. This adds about 7 miles to that day's hike which would include the 2,000 foot climb over Bear Ridge.
Four, I can get up very early and hike the lake in order to pick up my resupply and still make the 9 a.m. ferry back across the lake. Again this adds miles to that day's hike.
Five, I can reach the ferry by 4:45 p.m. to take the ferry across to resupply and then either hike the lake back around that same day or take the 9 a.m. ferry back across the following morning. Upside to taking the ferry the next morning is you can eat a couple of great meals at VVR, enjoy their good fellowship and recharge any electronics you have with you.
Six, I can carry for longer and resupply at Muir Trail Ranch. This makes the carry more like 8 days, not unreasonable but something I was hoping to avoid.
Seven, I can find a Trail Angel that will take the ferry across the lake to bring my supply drop to me at the landing at Mono Creek.
So now I have to decide on which option suits my needs best or come up with an alternative.
Next resupply point is Muir Trail Ranch. If you resupply at VVR then it is 3 days give or take to MTR. They have announced they will provide resupply service again this year. You can watch for updated information at www.muirtrailranch.com/resupply.html.
Those are the easy options. After that it gets harder. More on this in my next entry.
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