RichardCullip wrote:tim wrote:Interesting that there's no link to finishing south of Reds Meadow. So that takes a southbound Tuolumne to Mammoth hike off the table. I guess the logic is that you can always do it in the opposite direction?
From my understanding, the reservation form ( http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... itform.pdf ) allows a Lyell Canyon Entry Trailhead and a Red's Meadow or Devil's Postpile Exit Trailhead. However, you will be competing for the limited number of Lyell Canyon trailhead permits (15 reserved, 10 walkup) that allow a Donohue Pass exit from Yosemite National Park.
I understand. But the original suggestion was that the exit quota would only apply to (JMT) hikers going beyond Reds Meadow. Now Tuolumne to Mammoth hikers must compete for exit quota slots as well. I expect the YNP calculation is that a hiker going the opposite way is unlikely to camp in Lyell Canyon but will instead cross Donohue and be inspired by the downhill hiking/thought of real food to get all the way to Tuolumne that same day.