Whitney permit, a special use permit may be needed. They will ask generally where you're planning on staying each night and will assign the permit accordingly, but my understanding was this was more for record-keeping and safety and less for more strict enforcement. This is a long, 2 hours 24 minutes version of my trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Langley, Miter Basin, Crabtree Pass, Guitar Lake and further to Mt Whitney just as the fires got real bad. We park cars at the Cottonwood Pack Station parking lot. Langley is only about 500 feet shorter than Mt. Give us a call if you have any questions. Whitney during the summer. South Lake Road closed at Bishop Creek Lodge. The rangers prefer if you to camp on durable, non-vegetated surfaces ("Camp on gray, not on green" was their slogan), but other than that there's amazing freedom to explore and camp where you please. I also learned that getting a summit permit by entering from Horseshoe Meadows was no sure thing because I also needed a Whitney Portal exit permit. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. Whitney (allowing you to hike the entire JMT), Cottonwood Lakes Trail and Cottonwood Pass Trail . Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). The hiking itself took us twenty-two days, with resupplies in Independence at the wonderful Mt. No rain checks or credits. Length 37.6 mi Elevation gain 8677 ft Route type Point to point. Getting there is an adventure in itself; the road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine. While you are here, be respectful of water, woods, and wildlife. This route is roughly the same length as Cottonwood Pass but is both prettier and harder. The gates were open. We provide tools and tips to discover Definitely double check with the rangers, they are beyond helpful. If you have any questions about permits or require trip planning assistance, please contact the Inyo National Forest at (760) 873-2483. Whitney via the John Muir Trail returning to our camp in Crabtree Meadows making our way back to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows. Dispose of trash in bear resistant trash cans.Â, Bear resistant food storage containers are recommended for all wilderness travelers. Also - do you have a Cal Fire permit? I was told by both Inyo and Seki rangers that I needed a permit "visiting Mt Whitney zone." Horseshoe Meadows, over either New Army or Cottonwood Pass, to Whitney: Easy eastside start, not much climbing to Day 1 pass, gorgeous and unique foxtail pine forests. Williamson Motel, Muir Trail Ranch,… Mt Langley is located in the US state of California and is part of the southern section of the Sierra Nevada.Getting there is similar to getting to Mt Whitney.Take US highway 395 to Lone Pine, CA and head west on the Whitney Portal Road. And their site has info. new adventures through a one-stop shop for inspiration and ideation, trip planning, information sharing, Trips beginning on Inyo National Forest may continue into the wilderness areas of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.Â, As you plan your trip, remember that we must take care of this amazing place. We will work our way to Crabtree Meadows, where we will make camp for a day hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). Places to explore include the Ansel Adams, John Muir, Golden Trout, Hoover, and South Sierra wildernesses. and cultural destinations in your zip code and across the country. A per person recreation fee is charged for your group when reserving a wilderness permit for entry on Inyo National Forest trails. Log onto your account at Recreation.gov to make changes or call the wilderness permit office for Inyo National Forest for reservation assistance (760) 873-2483. Inyo and Mono Counties are included in Southern California regional stay at home orders. Book your permit for a given entrance and itinerary, pick up at one of four locations listed on their site, camp on anything but grass and have a good time. Whether you are seeking solitude, exceptional scenery, or sharing a wilderness adventure, there are many ways to create a memorable experience.Â, Come, take a deep breath of clean mountain air. Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). Located in California's beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Inyo National Forest offers challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and unparalleled views. I have official notification that we have a permit for the July dates for our Mount Whitney excursion! Include any questions you may have on the following topics: Be alert when arriving at night in areas with bear activity. Â, There are no restrooms in the wilderness. I let that dream go for 2019. Learn more about planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF) in Inyo National Forest. Horseshoe Meadow to Mt. I regularly climb and hike over significant distances. A picture/video montage with information, distances, and captions from our 45 mile, 5-day through backpack from Horseshoe Meadows/New Army pass to the summit of Mt. I went via New Army Pass, Rock Creek, and Guyot pass to Guitar Lake. and reservations. Day 0 - L.A. to Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadows We got up early. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. r/Ultralight is the largest online Ultralight Backpacking community! Onion Valley to South Lake or North Lake $260 first 2 passengers, $50 each additional. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. I've done this exact hike this year. Snow on New Army Pass was not an issue. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. We won't be carrying a stove anyway so won't have to worry about that. Generally, you can camp anywhere you'd like along the route. Whitney - … As I understand it you would request an overnight permit with an entry from Cottonwood Lakes or Cottonwood Pass trailheads (both of which are in the Horseshoe Meadows area). Hitchcock Lake (Climb Whitney 14mi.) Mt. On the way back we were going to go Highway 120 and split at Crane Flat … Whitney (5 days with travel time). Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. As you travel along the access road, be on the lookout in a few miles (3.1) for Horseshoe Meadows Road on the left. Just did this exact route in August with a party of 5, except we exited Whitney Portal. Review wilderness rules for specific areas where containers are required. Â, Pack out all your trash, help keep our wilderness areas pristine.Â, Protect water quality, don’t use soap in natural waterways, even biodegradable soap can damage aquatic life. Has anyone done this route due to difficulty and cost coordinating a shuttle between Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadow not to mention the permit nightmare entering the portal side? Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Reservation fees are used to finance the on-line reservation system and software for permit data. You will still need to acquire permits for these trails, but they are not part of the lottery system, and you can apply for permits starting 6 months in advance of your trip. Coming soon - Zero Carbon Shuttle! Visitors to the Mt. Awesome weather was enjoyed. Whitney Portal. You are not obligated to camp at your selections. Horseshoe Meadow is a vast 10,000 foot high meadow, surrounded by lodgepole pine forest. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. I let that dream go for 2019. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Mt. Leader or alternate leader names cannot be changed or added.Â, No refund if you cancel your reservation 11 days or less before the entry date. Reds Meadow Road closed for the season at Mammoth Mountain. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. At about 3 miles make a left turn onto paved Horseshoe Meadows Road. How did you like it? Anyone ever taken this route? Turn west on Whitney Portal Road. Call the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center to confirm if in doubt. Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the permit office before applying for a Mt. Whitney. Cottonwood Pack Station is located at Horseshoe Meadows. Recreation.gov is your source for discovering and experiencing America's federal recreation activities and outdoor adventures. Need to Know. If you have a fear of heights, it’s probably not a drive for you. Whitney instead. Mammoth Lakes Basin and Mammoth Scenic Loop closed. Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. So I got a permit and went up Mt. The meadows are separated by Cottonwood Pass, which you must climb over to access the Golden Trout Wilderness and the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. We were hungry so got in the Jeep and headed to Lone Pine and the Mt Whitney Restaurant for burgers. Whitney Portal. 4) Guitar Lake to Mt. If you didn’t get your permit application for the main trail in by February, or don’t want to attempt a more technical ascent up the Mountaineers Route, this on-trail option may be for you. Whitney Zone. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. Please help protect this natural resource and leave it unmarked for future visitors. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. Request your permit by email to print out before the trip. Departure: Lone Pine, California / Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead Group Size: 10 … In less than a mile, you will cross the south fork of Cottonwood Creek. The Horseshoe Meadows parking lot is the starting point for Mt Langley, and is pretty quiet during the night. Between May 1 and Nov. 1, overnight use is limited to 60 people / day. The history of Mount Whitney is long, complex, and revealing. Recommended Maps: JMT Map Pack, Mt. Just south of Lone Pine, the gateway to Mt Whitney, you leave Rt 395 and climb 6,000 feet up Horseshoe Meadow Road, a long windy road up the side of the mountain. The Mt. You will still need to acquire permits for these trails, but they are not part of the lottery system, and you can apply for permits starting 6 months in advance of your trip. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. Horseshoe Meadows, over either New Army or Cottonwood Pass, to Whitney: Easy eastside start, not much climbing to Day 1 pass, gorgeous and unique foxtail pine forests. Just south of Lone Pine, the gateway to Mt Whitney, you leave Rt 395 and climb 6,000 feet up Horseshoe Meadow Road, a long windy road up the side of the mountain. and after picking up the permit in Lone Pine, first we drove up to Horseshoe Meadows. When we entered the Mt. There were still a few campsites available, so we quickly set up the tent, left whatever gear we could, then drove to Whitney Portal to drop the car. Local services in the area are affected. My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. I chose this route because from what I've read its easier to get a permit for this route since you're starting outside the Whitney Zone - please correct me if I'm wrong. Whitney Portal Road closed at the upper gate. There is an extra fee for this, but no quota, so you should be able to tell them when you pick up your permit and they'll sort you out. Hitch over to Horseshoe Meadows, hike up to Trail Pass, then to Chicken Spring Lake - 8 miles 2)Chicken Spring Lake to Guyot Creek (really nice camping area) - 11 miles 3)Guyot Creek to Guitar Lake - 8.5 miles; lots of time to fish in Crabtree Meadows streams - LOTS of trout. Kearsage Pass (Onion Valley Road) and Cottonwood Pass (Horseshoe Meadow Road) are both popular trailheads for hiking to Mt. ... are going from Horseshoe Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows starting mid August. Turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road and continue 20.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadow and the Cottonwood Pass trailhead (not to be confused with the Cottonwood Lakes and New Army Pass trailhead). No walk up service. Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. As wilderness permits for a traditional Happy-Isles-to-Mount-Whitney hike get harder and harder to get, many people are considering alternatives. Reservations cannot be sold or transferred to other people. The group leader signing the permit is accepting responsibility to ensure everyone in their group will follow the rules and regulations on the permit. How to pick up your Mt. At 14,495 feet, Mount Whitney is the high point of the lower forty-eight states and the goal of many. Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake Roads closed at lower gate. Date of experience: June 2018. Very strenuous, especially to those not acclimated. Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. Only the leader or alternate specified in the reservation may pick up or use the permit.Â, Permit holder accepts responsibility for their group: Â. Come to experience nature and let it refresh your spirit. Whitney. One permit is valid for the duration of a trip, including traveling through adjacent parks and forests. Permits and permit fees included. No refund of reservation fee.Â. If you have a fear of heights, it’s probably not a drive for you. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. By then the wind had shifted and we were smoke free in Lone Pine. Rangers are amazingly helpful. If you exit the wilderness in Inyo National Forest for more than 24 hours or re-enter at a different location, a new permit is required for the new entry location. The signed permit must be in the group leader’s possession during the trip and must be presented to rangers upon request. Turn south on Horseshoe Meadow Road. The place was cramped and busy but I will say, the food was darn good! There’s almost always some available. California 25 contributions 20 helpful votes. This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. Whitney Pack Trains portion of the Rock Creek Pack Station operates under permit by the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Whitney) to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Sabrina Lake and North Lake Roads closed at Aspendell gate. A good number of backpackers choose to hike northbound from Whitney or even Horseshoe Meadow/Cottonwood Lakes because permits are easier to obtain. Taboose Pass Trail and Red Lake Trail are closed for the 2020 season due to hazards from the Taboose wildfire. For information and reservations, call (760) 878-2015. Just wanted to make sure cause we will be overnight in Sequoia NP and didn't want to miss any other hoops we need to jump through. I was going to climb Cirque but the road to Horseshoe Meadows was still closed. For Reservations: Reservations for Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits can only be made online on Recreation.gov. This contradicts a lot of information online, including some information on the Inyo NF website. The summit provides expansive views, solitude, and a deep feeling of accomplishment. Permit Required: Yes. Your wilderness permit must be issued via Inyo National Forest if your trip starts from Inyo National Forest, even if the first night of your trip will be spent in an adjacent national park or forest. You will enter immediately the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. i just called the ranger station for info about permits into ansel adams wilderness, and they were very helpful, and also curious about my trip, what entry i'm taking to what trail/route i chose, what i'm gonna be doing, etc. Whitney. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. Not all camps show, some in itinerary are outside GT area. See "What. Chicken Springs Lake 15mi. Mt Whitney Trail permit is not valid for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek approach to climbing routes like Mountaineers Route, East Face, East Buttress, or Mt Russell. Whitney Permit: ... (Horseshoe Meadow Road) are both popular trailheads for hiking to Mt. Do not rely on cell phone for communication or navigation, most of the forest has no cell service.Â, Download maps, and emergency information before starting on the trail.Â, Plan to be self-sufficient, bring adequate supplies of food, water and clothing.Â. Call them and ask!! Fees cannot be transferred to other dates or trails. Our trails offer possibilities for hiking, photography, peak bagging, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beauty of the High Sierra. Whitney. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. Just about 40 miles starting in Horseshoe Meadow and ending at Whitney Portal. While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley’s hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. The recreation fees are used to finance the on-the-ground wilderness programs in Inyo National Forest. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure but still open OR closed due to fire. Remember to leave this place undamaged so it will continue to be what we seek of wilderness.Â. I also learned that getting a summit permit by entering from Horseshoe Meadows was no sure thing because I also needed a Whitney Portal exit permit. This coming summer I want to do the trip, but maybe change it up a little and get to Guitar Lake via Soldier Lake to Sky Blue Lake and Crabtree Lakes to Guitar Lake. My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. Competition for permits from other entry points outside Yosemite is not as stiff. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. AdkWalker - interesting about the Cal Fire Permit. A great option is to park and Whitney Portal and prearrange with Paul at eastsidesierrashuttle.com to shuttle you … Recreation.gov is your gateway to explore America's outdoor Trips departing from Horseshoe Meadows, originate at Cottonwood Pack Station. It is not a loop so you'll need to figure out how to get back to your car or have a car waiting at the end. Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips into John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout and Hoover Wilderness, and Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. In February of this year (2020), I was able to secure some permits for the summit of Mount Whitney by going online to recreation.gov and getting some permits for two people, 6 months in advance. Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the wilderness permit office, a special use permit may be needed. Rangers will help but you’ll get info in an email once you book your permit. We drove over to the Alabama Hills Cafe for lunch to discuss our options. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. Check the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for winter conditions for the East Side from Bishop to Lee Vining. Some conditions observed: No evidence of rockfall on the Horseshoe Meadows Road. To Check-in by Email (allow 2 days to receive the permit), Subject Line: [Entry Date] [Trail Name] [Reservation Number]. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. they were super stoked to hear about my upcoming adventure and shared some tips/advice on places to stop on the way in and out for gas, snacks, post-hike junk food, etc. Filmnomenon 1,673 views. From Lone Pine turn west onto Whitney Portal Road (mile 0). First campsite - Outpost camp (5 miles). The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. The plan I came up with was a slight variation on our 2012 trip, but on a much tighter schedule: drive to Whitney Portal, leave the car, “teleport” over to Horseshoe Meadows. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. The trail crest exit quota was plenty full for walk-ins) We left our car at the Portal and hired Whitney Shuttle to pick us up and bring us to Horseshoe Meadows. This sub is about overnight backpacking with a focus on moving efficiently and packing light, generally aiming at a sub 10lb base weight. Whitney during the summer. Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 … Read more. Obtain permits at any Inyo National Forest visitor center. From the signal light in Lone Pine on US 395, drive 3.5 miles west on the Whitney Portal Road. Most people aim for Mt Whitney, and Whitney is certainly a noteworthy and great peak to climb, but I personally would consider the Mt Langley Trail more beautiful. Whitney Mountaineer’s route, the final roster wasn’t decided until the Monday before our Saturday permit date. Familiarize yourself with the seven principles of Leave No Trace and review wilderness rules with all members of your group. Â,  Forest Service web page has additional information, link to Permit Pickup Instructions.Â. Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I've read some information that says you will need one even for a camp stove. From what I understand that is all we need and we can camp anywhere along that route with that permit. In other areas poop should be buried six to eight inches deep and at least 100 feet or more from water sources, trails, or campsites.Â, Respect other visitor’s desire for quiet and solitude. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. I am in excellent shape, very strong and fast and am a cyclist. Whitney to Trail Camp - tough 10 miles Share. Whitney Zone, there were more people and less spots (especially after Crabtree Ranger Station) and we had to use WAG bags, but it was still quite easy to find a spot at Guitar Lake. If you didn’t get your permit for the main trail this is a less traveled alternative route. Only the group leader or listed alternate can pick up or use the permit. Horseshoe Meadows - Lone Pine, CA Saturday August 10, 2013 ... End result, we had two overnight permits and two day hike permits for Mt. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. If you did not complete your itinerary provide the general location you plan to be each day. In order to camp at and summit Mt. Day Use – Mt Whitney Zone This permit is valid for one day only Do not leave food unattended.Â, In campgrounds and parking areas with bear proof lockers, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and secured in the lockers. Find incredible places and experiences that help you bring home a story through Next page asks for campsites. Horseshoe Meadows 14mi. Backpacking Routes. Not sure if you're doing Cottonwood Pass or Cottonwood Lakes, but the campsite at the end of Soldier Lake is one of the nicest I've ever seen. Others hike the trail in sections, entering from lateral trails along the way. Travel lightly on the land. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Remember: Mountain Safety is no Accident . But this is what the ranger at the ranger station, and two patrol rangers told me they understood the rule to be. Cottonwood Lakes are truly stunning. It wasn’t very difficult, as only the permits to go up the front of Mount Whitney from Whitney Portal are hard to get via the lottery. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. Krista and I spent a three weeks in August-September 2015 hiking most of the John Muir Trail, northbound, from Horseshoe Meadows (near Lone Pine, around twenty miles south of Mt. All people count for wilderness quotas and fees. Whitney area are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. However, I really want to backpack Whitney and so I'm thinking about doing it with a different group via Horseshoe Meadows in early September as well. Be wary of altitude sickness. From Horseshoe Meadows, hike west out of the parking lot, staying to the right at the first few junctions. The paved road is usually open from May to late October. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. This video is about Father/Son Cottonwood Pass to Mt. Signed permit must be in the group leader’s possession.Â, Everyone in the group must start on entry date and location on permit.Â, You cannot exceed the group size stated on permit.Â, Groups cannot combine to exceed 15 people.Â, Permit is only valid for one continuous wilderness trip.Â,  For trips ending at Mt Whitney (Whitney Portal) the permit must specify the exit date and exit point of, Do not leave food or refuse in your car or tent. Then turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road.The road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine. Our permits are reserved on the website www.recreation.gov.On their home page search "Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits" to find our list of trails, or search "Mt Whitney" to find Mt Whitney Trail day-use and overnight-use permits. Traditionally this road does not reopen until the end of June. From there you should be good for pretty much everywhere EXCEPT exiting via Whitney Portal, which you can't do unless your permit states that you can. I just checked a few days ago and there were some still available online as well! For more information please visit our Climbing Mt. Directions: Located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road, 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. From what I understand that is all we need and we can camp anywhere along that route with that permit. Rock Creek Road closed at the Pack Station gate. The walk-in campground had many campers. Whitney: Begins at Whitney Portal. I did this trip a couple years ago. Whitney Permits, Mount Whitney … Helpful. Yep, that’s right. planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF). Spent last weekend (July 4-5) hiking from the Cottonwood Lakes TH (Horseshoe Meadows) through the Miter Basin to Mt Whitney and then down the Main Trail to the Portal. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Planning Your Hike Any other advice/insights on this route? Waste water should be scattered at least 100 feet away from any water source.Â, Don’t cut switchbacks, shortcutting damages the trail and adds to erosion.Â, No drones, they are prohibited in wilderness.Â, No loud audio devices, let the sounds of nature be part of the wilderness experience.Â, Campfires are restricted in many areas, wood growth is very slow at high elevation and what little wood exists helps sustain the natural soil, plant and animal community.Â, Do not camp on vegetation, these fragile areas are easily damaged. Is that right? They have an exit quota for that trail. Has anyone hiked Whitney via Horseshoe Meadows? Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. Whitney page. If you have the time and enjoy backpacking, you could approach the Summit of Mt Whitney from Onion Valley or use Horseshoe Meadow Trail (which is the trail that most folks use to climb Mt Langley).Both routes will eventually link you up with the John Muir Trail. We even met some old-timers camping on the Whitney summit! The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. There will be two nights in hotels. Since we knew we wouldn’t have much time on the return, we ordered a round of Burgers and a 6-pack of beer at th… At 4.7 miles the road crosses Tuttle Creek and at 5.3 miles Lubken Creek (you can take narrow, paved Lubken Road to bypass Lone Pine from or to Highway 395). I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. If there isn’t for some reason, you can go the in person route. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. The route is about 129 miles of the PCT, plus a 12 mile resupply side trip and a hike to the top of Whitney. We then went back to Horseshoe Meadows and got the truck and went back to Lone Pine and got a room, cleaned up and hit the sack around midnight. For Permit Type choose "Overnight Exiting Whitney," choose ID GT60 (Golden Trout) Cottonwood Pass. The Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead marks the start of a great adventure into beautiful meadows, lakes, and alpine terrain. COTTONWOOD PASS TRAIL: Trailhead: Horseshoe Meadow, 9920 feet: Distance: 40.7 miles: Elevation Gain: ~ 8,000 feet: Trip Duration: 6 days and 5 nights. Hike your heart out. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. Google Earth animated tour for a backpack trip from Cottonwood Creek (Horseshoe Meadows Campground) to Whitney Portal. Length 37.6 mi elevation gain 8677 ft route type point to point, look like mirror images of each from... 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