Permit Required: Yes. Backpacking Routes. Reservation fees are used to finance the on-line reservation system and software for permit data. 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). Whitney during the summer. Lone Pine to Horseshoe Meadow $85 first passenger, $30 each additional. All people count for wilderness quotas and fees. 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. 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. planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF). Whitney Portal. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). new adventures through a one-stop shop for inspiration and ideation, trip planning, information sharing, I was going to climb Cirque but the road to Horseshoe Meadows was still closed. From Horseshoe Meadows, hike west out of the parking lot, staying to the right at the first few junctions. The signed permit must be in the group leader’s possession during the trip and must be presented to rangers upon request. Put on your pack and hit the trail. Langley is only about 500 feet shorter than Mt. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. Reds Meadow Road closed for the season at Mammoth Mountain. Recreation.gov is your gateway to explore America's outdoor Visitors to the Mt. Bakersfield to Horseshoe Meadows Despite months of trying to nail down a group for our planned stroll up the Mt. 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,… Yep, that’s right. Whitney. Located in California's beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Inyo National Forest offers challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and unparalleled views. Learn more about planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF) in Inyo National Forest. We provide tools and tips to discover Hike your heart out. 843Kfh wrote a review May 2018. 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. 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. But this is what the ranger at the ranger station, and two patrol rangers told me they understood the rule to be. To Check-in by Email (allow 2 days to receive the permit), Subject Line: [Entry Date] [Trail Name] [Reservation Number]. A great option is to park and Whitney Portal and prearrange with Paul at eastsidesierrashuttle.com to shuttle you … They have an exit quota for that trail. 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. Mammoth Lakes Basin and Mammoth Scenic Loop closed. Join us and ask yourself the question: Do I really need that? Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. You will enter immediately the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. 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. 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. Whitney - … 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. Whitney June 11th. Date of experience: June 2018. On top of 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. Generally, you can camp anywhere you'd like along the route. Everyone wants to "bag" 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. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. Travel lightly on the land. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. Rangers are amazingly helpful. Trailhead address: Horseshoe Meadows Road, Inyo National Forest, Lone Pine, CA 93545 Trailhead coordinates: 36.4532 , -118.1699 (36° 27′ 11.5″N 118° 10′ 11.6″W) Elevation Profile On the other hand, South-bound John Muir Trail permits are becoming harder to come by, so many people are opting for a north-bound John Muir hike departing from Horseshoe meadow, just south of Whitney. Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. 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 video is about Father/Son Cottonwood Pass to Mt. Mt. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. 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. Whitney. Any other advice/insights on this route? Others hike the trail in sections, entering from lateral trails along the way. 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. Hike your heart out. Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake Roads closed at lower gate. Permits are issued from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and are required for both backpackers and day hikers. How did you like it? 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. This contradicts a lot of information online, including some information on the Inyo NF website. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Choose a campsite at least 100 feet away from lakes, streams, or trails. Â, Come prepared to find your way. 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. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. ... are going from Horseshoe Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows starting mid August. Horseshoe Meadow and Big Whitney Meadow, both about 10,000 feet above sea level, look like mirror images of each other from afar. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. One permit is valid for the duration of a trip, including traveling through adjacent parks and forests. Competition for permits from other entry points outside Yosemite is not as stiff. Between May 1 and Nov. 1, overnight use is limited to 60 people / day. There are two trails that begin here that can connect you to the JMT near Mt. Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. South Lake Road closed at Bishop Creek Lodge. 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. The hiking itself took us twenty-two days, with resupplies in Independence at the wonderful Mt. 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. If you have any questions about permits or require trip planning assistance, please contact the Inyo National Forest at (760) 873-2483. Departure: Lone Pine, California / Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead Group Size: 10 … Our trails offer possibilities for hiking, photography, peak bagging, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beauty of the High Sierra. Very strenuous, especially to those not acclimated. No additional camping permits/fees needed (except $6 walkup fee @ Horseshoe Meadow if you stay there before you hike). Request your permit by email to print out before the trip. Remember: Mountain Safety is no Accident . The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Mt. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. If you have a fear of heights, it’s probably not a drive for you. No walk up service. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Whitney (5 days with travel time). 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. Whitney Permit in 2020: Understanding the Permit & Lottery Process for Day Hiking and Backpacking the Whitney Area 14er, Backpacking, JMT, Hiking Related, Outdoor All Allison Boyle March 11, 2020 Mt- Whitney, Mount Whitney, Mt. The place was cramped and busy but I will say, the food was darn good! Whitney Zone. If you didn’t get your permit for the main trail this is a less traveled alternative route. First campsite - Outpost camp (5 miles). 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. 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. 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). Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Whitney. 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). 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). Cottonwood Pack Station is located at Horseshoe Meadows. I was told by both Inyo and Seki rangers that I needed a permit "visiting Mt Whitney zone." A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. COTTONWOOD PASS TRAIL: Trailhead: Horseshoe Meadow, 9920 feet: Distance: 40.7 miles: Elevation Gain: ~ 8,000 feet: Trip Duration: 6 days and 5 nights. 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. and after picking up the permit in Lone Pine, first we drove up to Horseshoe Meadows. 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. Onion Valley to South Lake or North Lake $260 first 2 passengers, $50 each additional. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. In order to camp at and summit Mt. Rangers will help but you’ll get info in an email once you book your permit. No rain checks or credits. How to pick up your Mt. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. Three campgrounds are located in the Horseshoe Meadow Area. 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. Coming soon - Zero Carbon Shuttle! Read more. At 14,495 feet, Mount Whitney is the high point of the lower forty-eight states and the goal of many. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. Hitchcock Lake (Climb Whitney 14mi.) Fees cannot be transferred to other dates or trails. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to 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. Call the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center to confirm if in doubt. Recreation.gov! This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. Also - do you have a Cal Fire permit? Exit Trailhead: Mulkey Pass / Cottonwood Pass. Whitney Portal. I regularly climb and hike over significant distances. 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. The Horseshoe Meadows parking lot is the starting point for Mt Langley, and is pretty quiet during the night. I have a permit for four exiting Mt. Chicken Springs Lake 15mi. Whitney area are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. At about 3 miles make a left turn onto paved Horseshoe Meadows Road. I've done this exact hike this year. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. Check the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for winter conditions for the East Side from Bishop to Lee Vining. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. 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. The Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead marks the start of a great adventure into beautiful meadows, lakes, and alpine terrain. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. I just checked a few days ago and there were some still available online as well! Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. 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've read some information that says you will need one even for a camp stove. As wilderness permits for a traditional Happy-Isles-to-Mount-Whitney hike get harder and harder to get, many people are considering alternatives. 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. Snow on New Army Pass was not an issue. Whitney instead. Need to Know. The group leader signing the permit is accepting responsibility to ensure everyone in their group will follow the rules and regulations on the permit. Whitney page. Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the permit office before applying for a Mt. Call them and ask!! Length 37.6 mi Elevation gain 8677 ft Route type Point to point. While you are here, be respectful of water, woods, and wildlife. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. Next page asks for campsites. 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. 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. Expect to hike 12 to 14 hours to the summit and back A wilderness permit for hiking or backpacking is required year round to visit Mt. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). Dispose of trash in bear resistant trash cans.Â, Bear resistant food storage containers are recommended for all wilderness travelers. Whitney via the John Muir Trail returning to our camp in Crabtree Meadows making our way back to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows. Horseshoe Meadow is a vast 10,000 foot high meadow, surrounded by lodgepole pine forest. The trail takes you almost all the way to the summit of Mount Langley except for the last 300 vertical feet which must be gained by means of a scrambling up class two rock. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. Permits and permit fees included. 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). We won't be carrying a stove anyway so won't have to worry about that. 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. The recreation fees are used to finance the on-the-ground wilderness programs in Inyo National Forest. In the morning we simply drove back down to Lone Pine, got some breakfast, and drove back up to the Portal in order to start our adventure up Mt Whitney. I went via New Army Pass, Rock Creek, and Guyot pass to Guitar Lake. Whitney: Begins at Whitney Portal. A per person recreation fee is charged for your group when reserving a wilderness permit for entry on Inyo National Forest trails. I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. *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. The walk-in campground had many campers. The paved road is usually open from May to late October. California 25 contributions 20 helpful votes. Horseshoe Meadow to Mt. Sabrina Lake and North Lake Roads closed at Aspendell gate. As you travel along the access road, be on the lookout in a few miles (3.1) for Horseshoe Meadows Road on the left. 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. And their site has info. Whitney (allowing you to hike the entire JMT), Cottonwood Lakes Trail and Cottonwood Pass Trail . By then the wind had shifted and we were smoke free in Lone Pine. The history of Mount Whitney is long, complex, and revealing. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. 4) Guitar Lake to Mt. Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. Whitney, which offers a great view of the surrounding area, and it sees far less hikers and permit can be picked up last minute. Whitney Via Cottonwood Pass June 8th -June 11th This will be a 3-day backpack to Mt. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. Come to experience nature and let it refresh your spirit. 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. Give us a call if you have any questions. 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. Horseshoe Meadows - Lone Pine, CA Saturday August 10, 2013 ... End result, we had two overnight permits and two day hike permits for 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. 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. Filmnomenon 1,673 views. Obtain permits at any Inyo National Forest visitor center. The gates were open. Places to explore include the Ansel Adams, John Muir, Golden Trout, Hoover, and South Sierra wildernesses. There’s almost always some available. r/Ultralight is the largest online Ultralight Backpacking community! Turn south on Horseshoe Meadow Road. 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. Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. We park cars at the Cottonwood Pack Station parking lot. Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 … Whitney to Trail Camp - tough 10 miles Some conditions observed: No evidence of rockfall on the Horseshoe Meadows 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. Traditionally this road does not reopen until the end of June. 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. and cultural destinations in your zip code and across the country. Anyone ever taken this route? Planning Your Hike 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. If you did not complete your itinerary provide the general location you plan to be each day. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). Cottonwood Lakes are truly stunning. This sub is about overnight backpacking with a focus on moving efficiently and packing light, generally aiming at a sub 10lb base weight. I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. Local services in the area are affected. The summit provides expansive views, solitude, and a deep feeling of accomplishment. 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. 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. 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. 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. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. The Mt. 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… 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. We even met some old-timers camping on the Whitney summit! 15 miles daily does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility as I have done more. Whitney during the summer. 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. Share. For more information please visit our Climbing Mt. I have official notification that we have a permit for the July dates for our Mount Whitney excursion! Directions: Located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road, 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. Hikers ready to start the John Muir Trail! The route is about 129 miles of the PCT, plus a 12 mile resupply side trip and a hike to the top of Whitney. Mt. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. See "What. Only the group leader or listed alternate can pick up or use the permit. My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. Whitney) to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Horseshoe Meadows 14mi. So I got a permit and went up 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. 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. We got a pair of walk-in permits (it was easy since we were entering on a loop and less traveled route. 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. Awesome weather was enjoyed. 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? We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. Recommended Maps: JMT Map Pack, Mt. 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