SOFT-START: Onion Valley TH, make Road's End in 1 long day of hiking
TRUE START: Road's End, King's Canyon
END: Red's Meadow/Mammoth or another East Side TH further south
If we bail early we can take advantage of the ESTA buses.
8/9 days, ~ 15 miles per day. I have a permit for 6 from Road's End.
This will follow Roper's Sierra High Route:
I intend to travel as far as Red's Meadow over 8 or 9 days of hiking. This will amount to roughly 15 miles per day over demanding terrain. We"ll be hiking all day and will move safely and efficiently. I'm not a task master, but I like to have goals. If we end up traveling more slowly or need to exit to due injuries, exit via any east side trailhead is possible. Transportation along the 395 corridor is quite good through a combination of the ESTA buses and hitching.
To facilitate the logistics of this, I plan to start from Onion Valley. This is about 20 miles east of Road's End and involves climbing to Kearsarge Pass and descending to Kind's Canyon. I plan to drive up Saturday, put a few miles in and do the remainder on Sunday. Sunday night will be spent at Road's End.