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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Where in Lone Pine 2 Ship JMT Trailend Stuff on 04/02/2009 19:49:49 MDT Print View

Best place in Lone Pine to ship JMT Trail end stuff is where?

From Yosemite Valley, for the 2 days prior to hitting the JMT, I wish to ship a few items (soft pack cover, clean clothes, cell phone) to a place in Lone Pine that is open till about 7-8 pm at night, so that when I get to Lone Pine, I can pick up the supplies and use them that night. I intend to stay in a hotel in Lone Pine and I have no problems paying $25 for a place to securely hold onto the items. I am most concerned about my cell phone which I don't want to hike with due to it being useless on the trail and unwanted weight. Several others in our group will be in the same situation. Some places I wonder about: Whitney Hostel, Whitney Portal Store, Elevation Backpacking Store, Dow Villa Motel. Who recommends what and why, and how to ship? Thanks! PS, This will be for mid-August, 2009.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: 10T 524631m E 5034446m N
PCT Handbook on 04/02/2009 21:16:07 MDT Print View

I wonder if Yogi's PCT book would have non-post office maildrop info.

Edited by ChrisMorgan on 04/02/2009 21:17:08 MDT.

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: PCT Handbook on 04/02/2009 21:48:36 MDT Print View

"I wonder if Yogi's PCT book would have non-post office maildrop info."

Nope, just checked. Yogi only lists the post office. Seems like the easiest is to arrange to send it to whatever hotel I was staying at assuming you make a reservation. Otherwise, whitney portal is right on your path and open longer hours than the post office.

p.s. I meant the Whitney Portal Store, also I great place to get a cold beer and double bacon cheeseburger to wrap up your trip. :)

Edited by nschmald on 04/02/2009 21:56:31 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Where in Lone Pine 2 Ship JMT Trailend Stuff on 04/02/2009 22:42:15 MDT Print View

Roleigh,

Why don't you mail it to the hotel where you'll be staying. I've parked cars, for the end of a trip, at the motel where we would be staying. One time the motel even offered to drive to the trailhead and pick us up, for the ride to town.

Wouldn't hurt to ask... you don't ask, you don't get.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Re: Where in Lone Pine 2 Ship JMT Trailend Stuff on 04/02/2009 22:43:50 MDT Print View

Denis, which hotel / motel did you stay at - the Dow Villa?

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Re: Re: Where in Lone Pine 2 Ship JMT Trailend Stuff on 04/02/2009 22:58:00 MDT Print View

Roleigh,
I don't remember the name of the Lone Pine motel where we stayed. It was in 2000. I called a friend that was on that trip but he couldn't remember either.

The motel that offered the ride was at South Lake Tahoe, and probably wouldn't do you any good. The guy sold that motel. Too bad, he gave PCT hikers a cut rate, along with the ride.

Paul Iracki
(piracki) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco
Dow Villa received our take out gear last fall on 04/10/2009 13:41:57 MDT Print View

Unfortunately they misplaced it at the motel and didn't locate it til the following day. We finished the trail a day early and spent it in Lone Pine at the Dow around the pool with some of the other hikers we met along the way...a great way to end a great trip...

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Dow Villa received our take out gear last fall on 04/10/2009 14:03:49 MDT Print View

It's good to find places that will accommodate the back country traveler's "interesting" requests. Most every year I've had to arrange for parking of group vehicles, and caching of gear for end-of-hike access. I've had great luck in getting services I need. Needing a place to leave cars, for a Lost Coast hike (the public parking lot having been vandalized by folks stealing gas). I contacted a Lodge and the owner not only rearranged his tenant parking, but allowed us room for four cars and offered to ferry us the two miles to the public lot, where we were to meet our Lost Coast Shuttle, to Mattole River. He declined any offer of payment and I told him we would like very much to stop for dinner in his restaurant. There were 6 of us and you can't get much friendlier than that. The guy said he wasn't really aware of the number of hikers doing the Lost Coast hike. He was a Trail Angel in waiting.