So this trip is coming up and I have two questions.
First, is regarding a shuttle. I'll be doing the trip solo. I plan to leave the car at the Portal and take a shuttle to the trailhead. It's $50 from Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadows and its $85 from the Portal to Horseshoe Meadows. How hard is it to hitchhike down to Lone Pine from the Portal? Is it worth saving $35 and hoping I make it down in time to meet the shuttle?
Second, the is my first solo trip. I'm considering going up through the Miter Basin rather than going around via Mt. Guyot. I haven't done much off trail travel. Should I stick to a route I know and avoid the Miter Basin? How difficult of a route is it?