Conservationist John Muir visited this meadow many times and … We started pretty early at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia and headed for 9-mile creek, our first destination for the hike. Then again, the park is seeing daily thunderstorms and snow sometimes. Search Lonely Planet. The four of us, Andreas, Katie, James and myself left San Diego on July 8 th at 2am. Day 10 - Trail Camp to Whitney Portal, 6.5 miles; Kern River Canyon . Start and finish locations can be reversed on any of these routes. The trail starts at Crescent Meadow, near Visalia, California, crosses over the Great Western Divide, goes up Kern Canyon, then joins up with the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail at Wallace Creek. Pioneer Hale Tharp homesteaded in this and nearby Log Meadow. I followed the High Sierra Trail part of the way, but at Kaweah Gap, where the trail crosses the Great Western Divide, I left the trail and hiked cross-country northeast across Pants Pass. Browse more shows. Please call or text 760-878-8047 or click here to email paul@inyopro.com for reservations, rates and further information. Lonely Planet Shorts. When we reached the gap, it was truly one of the most epic views in all of Sequoia National Park – and perhaps the Sierras! They may be going just one mile to Eagle View or 60 miles to Mount Whitney. On Friday, September 21st, I drove to Lone Pine and met up with the others in my group. Whitney Portal. Destinations. Not the best place to camp in my opinion but it may have melted out by then. Eat, Drink & Travel. I left my car at Whitney Portal and hired the Eastern Sierra Shuttle Service to drive us from Whitney Portal/Lone Pine to the trailhead at Crescent Meadows in the Sequoia National Park. Featured. Day One on the High Sierra Trail we hiked 11.5 miles east-bound, from Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw. Work began on the High Sierra Trail in 1928, and it was the first Sierra trail built solely for recreational use. The 71-mile High Sierra Trail traverses the Sierra Nevada from Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park to Mt. The fastest claimed time to traverse is 15 hours 46 minutes, by Leor Pantilat. It is occasionally performed in even less time by experts. The trail (from Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal) is 72 miles long and takes about a week to complete. We will go anywhere - Ask for a custom quote! Be sure to minimize your impact on this fantastic meadow so that others will be able to enjoy it in the future. You may also camp at Trail Camp (65.7 miles/105.1 km from the trailhead) or Outpost Camp (68.7 miles/109.9 km) on the east side. Have a read of my journal from this trip below! We took long breaks at Trail Crest (breakfast) and Trailside Meadow (long foot soak) and hit Whitney Portal around 2 PM. Crescent Meadow, is a large, crescent shaped meadow located at the edge of the picnic area. Bob (the owner) exceeded expectations. "HIGH SIERRA TRAIL" From Crescent Meadow To Whitney Portal. In Lone Pine a local bumped into us and gave us a “blessing” to send us safely on our way, this was followed shortly afterwards by a gift of $100 to help us as well. CRESCENT MEADOWS TRAILHEAD TO PANTHER CREEK CAMPGROUND . Some parking sites up to 35' long, Firewood, fire grates, piped water, restrooms. Strenuous Itinerary. Update, 12:40 p.m. A rockslide near the main parking lot of the Mt. I have used the Mt Whitney Shuttle Service in Lone Pine. Fires: Yes. This sierran montane meadow marks the western terminus of the High Sierra Trail, which stretches from the meadow across the Great Western Divide to Mount Whitney. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48. Click RED DOTS Whitney Portal area closes after rockslide. From Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal the trail is 72.2 miles (116.2 km) long and is often hiked in 6 to 7 days or more. Please do not hike into the meadow itself. 7.5 min MAP NORTH. Work began on the High Sierra Trail in 1928, and it was the first Sierra trail built solely for recreational use. The fastest claimed time to traverse is 15 hours 46 minutes, by Leor Pantilat. Horseshoe Meadow. The High Sierra Trail begins with a trailhead in Crescent Meadow of Sequoia National Park and ends up 72.2 miles later at Whitney Portal. For a 12 person van, the Eastern Sierra Shuttle Service charged us $1,200. 1- Precipice lake is totally iced over, and surrounded by snow. When to go: July through end of September. The High Sierra Trail, which begins at Crescent Meadow (in Sequoia National Park) and ends at Whitney Portal, is a great option for those who have a limited amount of time and want to hike to the top of Mt. Nevada from Crescent Meadow in the below left hand image drove to Lone Pine Horseshoe. After having hiked from Crescent Meadow, is a whopping 60 mile one way backpack the. Lodgepole $ 800 for up to 5 persons $ 80 for the passenger. 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