alta permit and high sierra trail change

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Re: alta permit and high sierra trail change

Post by Enigmagic » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:57 pm

chulavista wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:53 am
Just imagine if the use-trails between alta and tablelands were put on the map. There would be an explosion of people doing the alta/lakes trail loop.
There is already a loop through there on Alltrails, it gets 4.5 stars.

I don't think many of these new backpackers are looking at trail maps for ideas. At least the ones we've bumped into (including a rescue) pretty much just look for well reviewed trips and head out without really even looking at a map, and definitely aren't carrying a paper map, compass or backup device on the trail. We also helped a climber who got lost descending Mount Sill after his phone with Alltrails Pro died.

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Re: alta permit and high sierra trail change

Post by rjszanto » Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:22 am

I noticed that about Alta also. I saw on reddit someone was saying to pickup an Alta permit for the HST, but on it says otherwise. I didn't realize that was a recent change.

I picked up a permit for Paradise Ridge and am using that for an HST hike. Up from Atwell Mill, hit HST and exit Whitney. It adds 20ish miles over the typical HST traverse. I tried to call and get confirmation that this is okay, but no response yet. In the Paradise Ridge description, it does say "fires not permitted at Hamilton Lakes", which to me implies pretty clearly that using Paradise Ridge to access the HST is legal. There were so many permits available through Paradise, I was (am still) worried about it.

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Re: alta permit and high sierra trail change

Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:23 am

I too have looked at obscure or "less desired" trailheads for permit purposes, and decided that it is not worth it in some cases. For example you can get into Miter Basin via Tuttle Pass with the Tuttle Creek TH a non-quota trailhead. But, oh my, what a horrible pass! I have been down the north side descending from Mt Langley but not the south side into Miter Basin. And the hike up from Tuttle Creek TH is not easy- I did it once when climbing Langley NE chute route. Another one- George Creek, which I have been up and down several times, can be used to get to Wallace Lake via Vacation Pass- again a brutal route to go up with a full pack first day of a trip.

On the other hand, Taboose, Shepherd and Sawmill at least have trails in spite of the huge elevation gains- these make more sense. It also seems that all the trailheads out of Mineral King are less popular. I have gone over Farewell Gap and Shotgun pass instead of Franklin Pass- works quite well.

During peak demand backpack season I am going to Wyoming; no permits required there. For early or late season trips, I have several route plans and hope at least one pops up for reservation. Hopefully no-show walk-up permits will be reinstated by September.

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Re: alta permit and high sierra trail change

Post by mkbgdns » Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:34 am

kinda puzzling about Mineral King trails. hose-chewing-marmot-phobia?

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