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Begins: Aug 15, 2017
Date: Sun, Feb 5th, 2017
Start: Happy Isles
End: Horseshoe Meadows
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 21.0
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Resupply Locations 2
Because of the big snow year I've pushed my start date back to August 1. That may change again depending on the rest of the winter/spring season. Yesterday it poured at a rate of between 2.75" and 5.5" per hour. I'm 50 minutes from Kings Canyon National Park to give you a location.
As I said in my last post resupplying after Muir Trail Ranch (MTR) is definitely not as easy as the first half of the JMT. Bishop Pack Outfitters has a station at North Lake and they will hold packages for free for you to pick up. This means a 20 mile roundtrip over Lamarck Col from Evolution Lake. If you use MTR this probably doesn't make sense since it is only a couple of days from MTR to Evolution Lake.
The next location would be heading to Parcher's Resort over Bishop Pass. This is a 26 mile roundtrip. They will hold packages for $ 25 per according to their website.
You can head out Taboose Pass and Sawmill Pass then hitch into Independence or Big Pine to pick up packages at the post office in either location. Taboose Pass would mean about 19 miles roundtrip. Sawmill Pass is no longer maintained so a little rougher to follow. It is 25 miles roundtrip.
Baxter Pass is your next option. It is about 30 miles roundtrip to 395 followed by a hitch to Independence, unless you get lucky and are able to catch a ride from the trailhead. It is one of the lesser used trailheads on the eastern side.
You have two options to head to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. You can go down the South Fork of the Kings when you hit the suspension bridge at Woods Creek. It is about 27 miles roundtrip to do so. Or you can head down Bubbs Creek when you hit Vidette Meadows. This is about 25 miles roundtrip.
Kearsarge pass is the next option. This is about a 15 mile roundtrip. You would need to hitch to Independence to pick up a package at the post office.
Shepherd Pass is the last option before reaching Mt. Whitney. It is around 26 miles roundtrip.
There are a couple more options to consider. You can find an outfitter to pack your gear in over some of these eastern passes. If you visit http://www.easternsierrapackers.com you can find a list of outfitters to contact. This can be pricey. To give you an idea it would be about $ 100 per day for the mule and $ 250 a day for the packer to lead it in. And you pay for both ways. So most of these resupplies you are looking at a minimum of two days.
You can get a resupply at either Woods Creek or Vidette by using Cedar Grove Pack Trains. They can be reached at (559) 565-3464.
There are other possibilities that can be found here: http://climber.org/data/shuttles.html. I have not checked these out so I can't give you any more information about them.
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