dogs on leash
off road driving
Came out here one weekend one full day hike from 9AM to 5PM. This hike is definitely not for beginners, be prepared to walk quite a bit before the lakes. however, you will see a lot of great scenery before you get to the lakes. we started at the cabins to the lakes and let me tell you, by far the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
we are regular hikers, but this definetly gave us a work out. we do stop a lot and enjoy the scenery more than most though, so that may have affected us a bit. but we'll worth the pain.
moderate to hard level hiking depending on your hiking ability and how you handle altitude.
I did this stretch in mid June of 15'. We did go further though. The hike from South Lake to where the switchbacks start up to Bishop pass is actually pretty moderate. Follows the lakes and isn't super steep. But the switches up to the pass are. Encountered a few drifts of snow in the upper sections but nothing bad. Over the pass and camped in Dusy Basin the first night. Then down to the bottom of Le Conte Canyon the next day and up river to Big Pete's meadow for the next night. The third day was up to Muir Pass, and it was a slog. Mileage wise it didn't seem like much, but walking wise it did. Just one of those days I suppose. Went down to Wanda Lake to spend our 3rd night. This was to be a loop hike as well but didn't pan out that way. We went as far as McClure meadow, which is absolutely beautiful. Evolution Basin is awesome too. Evolution creek thru McClure meadow is something to see. One of the most scenic stretches of the PCT/JMT.
The road out of Bishop area is called Silver Canyon you will cross a creek minimum of 4 times depending on time of year with a water depth up to 2 feet, it is steep with lots of switch backs all the way to the top on to Bristleconepine road. At certain points the inclimb is more then 20% High clearance 4×4 only, so no Subaru
Do not attempt this road when you encounter snow, the chance of sliding off the mountain is very high.
This was our second attempt at summiting Mt. Whitney. The first was in July 2012, and we turned around at 2nd camp.
This time, we started on Oct 2, 2016. Weather was much, much colder and with high winds. We camped at Outpost Camp (10,000 ft.) The hike to 2nd camp seemed much longer than I had remembered. By the time we got to the last 3 miles of trail before the Summit, winds were so cold and so strong, I had to wear a neoprene face mask. I almost gave up a mile below summit, but my wife pushed me forward; I'm so glad she did!
Temperatures were supposed to drop to 18° that night. On the way back down, the water in my Nalgene bottles was beginning to freeze. There was a sheet of ice under the lid which I had to break through with the handle of my hiking pole in order to drink.
This was a long and grueling hike, yet very rewarding. I would not recommend it to the faint of heart at this time of year.