Forum Index » Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Lake Mary to Whitney Portal side trip


Display Avatars Sort By:
Jason Ward
(Jason2010) - F

Locale: East Bay
Lake Mary to Whitney Portal side trip on 08/27/2011 09:35:50 MDT Print View

Hi I leave on 8/29 for a 2 solo week trip. First time out solo for more then 5 days. Plan to follow the JMT, side trip up Mt Solomons or Black Gaint from Muir Pass and resupply at South Lake via Bishop Pass, returning to the trail at Palisades Lakes after crossing Bishop,Thunderbolt, Potluck, and Cirgue Passes. Also thinking about cross country on the Big Horn Plateau to Tawny Point. I have read Wenk's book and am taking part of the book and Harrison's JMT and Palisades maps on the trip. I am comfortable with my gear, food, and hiking on class 2, but am still looking for another side trip / detour / advise for the trip.
Thanks to all who post on these forums, it is a great resource.
Jason2010

Edited by Jason2010 on 08/27/2011 09:37:22 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Lake Mary to Whitney Portal side trip on 08/27/2011 10:05:40 MDT Print View

Sounds like a fun trip. Maybe you should check out Darwin Bench and Darwin Canyon??

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Lake Mary to Whitney Portal side trip on 08/27/2011 16:31:00 MDT Print View

"Also thinking about cross country on the Big Horn Plateau to Tawny Point."

As long as you're in that area, you might want to head on up into Wright Lakes Basin and then cross country to Wallace Lake. It's beautiful country and an easy 4 mile hike down Wallace Creek to get back on the JMT. The entire detour could be done in a leisurely 2-2 1/2 days. Another possibility would be to head up to Lake South America and then amble down thru the Upper Kern Basin to the connector trail between the Kern Canyon trail and the JMT. This entire route is on trail, mostly very obvious with some sketchy parts from Lake South America down to the JMT connector trail. This would get you back to the JMT. Again, beautiful country and an easy 2 day detour. Whatever you decide, the stretch on the JMT around Bighorn Plateau offers some of the most magnificent panoramas in the Sierra. Both the Whitney Crest and The Great Western divide are spread out before you unobstructed. Fergawdsake, do bring a camera. I passed that way 4 days ago on my way back from Kaweah Basin via Shepherd Pass and I'm still overcome by the memory of those panoramas. As many times as I have been there, it still reduces me nearly to tears.