Alternate JMT start points
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stephen jennings
(obi96) - F

Locale: Deep in the Green Mountains
Alternate JMT start points on 09/07/2007 16:17:06 MDT Print View

Due to time constraints I was thinking of starting at Reds Meadows and heading north to Yosemite Valley next year and then in 09, going from Reds Meadows to Mt Whitney.
I can't find any info on how a wilderness permit is obtained in such an instance. None of my e-mails to the Rangers have been replied to, and calling from Vermont, the busy signal is getting expensive. Any advice? Cheers

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
contact Inyo NF on 09/09/2007 17:34:24 MDT Print View

the monument itself is a very narrow strip of land, but beyond it i believe the wilderness is governed by the Inyo NF. call either their Mammoth or Bishop offices and inquire. if they are not the correct agency, they should be able to tell you whom to contact.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
does the boat still go across ... on 09/09/2007 19:34:59 MDT Print View

It's pretty easy to start from Mammoth Village and pop over to the JMT, I think it's actually a rerouted section of the old trail. That way you can skip the whole Reds Meadow/Postpile debacle.
Another interesting start could the end of Florence lake if they still ferry you across.

Aaron Wallace
(basilbop) - F
Re: Alternate JMT start points on 09/10/2007 11:32:13 MDT Print View

As others have noted, Inyo NF manages the wilderness permits from the Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/recreation/wild/permitsres.shtml

If you have a specific date in mind, you should reserve a permit--the Devils Postpile area is popular and quotas can fill during peak season (summer/weekends). The website above has information on when permits can be reserved (generally, 6 months in advance). You can fax in a reservation request. You can also ask Inyo to have your permit held for you at a ranger station if you can't pick it up during their normal hours, as long as you're not going into Kings Canyon/Sequoia NP.

Heading north from Reds Meadow, you can take the "High Trail (PCT)", "JMT North", or the "River Trail"--all converge near Thousand Island Lake. Heading south, you'll want the "JMT/PCT South".

Note that if you plan on exiting via Whitney Portal, review the "Trail Crest (exit only)" information on the website--there's a separate quota to exit via the Main Whitney Trail. The challenge will of course be knowing which date you'll be exiting at Trail Crest, but I wouldn't expect any problems with the rangers if you make a good-faith estimate and are a day or two off.

stephen jennings
(obi96) - F

Locale: Deep in the Green Mountains
Alternate JMT start points on 09/10/2007 14:47:52 MDT Print View

Thanks to all, Those are some great ideas to look into.