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whalen e
(whalen) - M

Locale: PNW
JMT Trailhead suggestions on 01/24/2013 10:18:02 MST Print View

I'm aiming to do the JMT solo this summer close to July 11. North to south. I applied for permit listing Happy Isles as the trailhead with a few different dates but was denied.

I'm going to re-apply but I was hoping to get some suggestions for different trailheads to list.

I have some flexibility on beginning dates but not much. So I was also wondering how hard it is to get a permit by just showing up? Do I book my flight, show up and hope for the best? What's the best way to go that route?

Any advice is much appreciated.

Edited by whalen on 01/24/2013 11:01:08 MST.

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: JMT Trailhead suggestions on 01/24/2013 10:36:48 MST Print View

if you just need a permit for one, then a walk in permit is not that hard to get, especially if you have a couple days to play with. just show up very early in the morning.

I have gotten a walk in solo JMT permit from Happy Isles 2 times. if you are willing to get in line at the Wilderness office as early as 4:30 you should have no problem.

July 11 , you may want to keep track of the Sierra snow levels this winter. right now its quite a bit above average. July 11 could end up being a bit early, but if you don't mind snow filled passes ... go for it.

Edited by asandh on 01/24/2013 10:57:19 MST.

Erik Dietz

Locale: Los Angeles
... on 01/24/2013 10:53:53 MST Print View


Me and a friend are doing a section of the JMT from July 13-21st and we got our permit out of Mammoth. That's probably farther south then you're looking to start but you can essentially start at any trail head that connects to the JMT. I know Tuolomne is a common starting point for a lot of folks who couldn't get a permit out of the valley. Maybe we will see you out there.


Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: JMT Trailhead suggestions on 01/28/2013 01:35:20 MST Print View

Getting a solo walk-in permit shoudl not be a problem to start at happy isles, especially if you have a day or two of leeway.

Alternatively, you could try Tuoleme, the YARTS bus from Mammoth stops here before going on to Happy Isle. You could also take the shuttle to Red's Meadows from Mammoth and start there. However, both of these are quite a ways into the trip, so if you want to do the whole trail, I'd say just go to Happy Isle and walk-in for a permit.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
JMT Trailhead suggestions on 01/28/2013 08:36:46 MST Print View

This doesn't meet your requirements (N to S), but if you switch your direction you can start at New Army Pass or Cottonwood Pass - those are the first trailhead passes south of Whitney. Then, you'd pick up the JMT at Crabtree Meadow. If you're set on climbing Whitney, you can do it as a day hike from the west side. Alternately, skip the chaos of Whitney and climb any of the other fine peaks along the crest (assuming you've got basic off-trail skills). Split Mountain comes to mind as a great substitute for Whitney :)

Permits for New Army and Cottonwood are easy.