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Red's to Bishop Pass or Bishop Pass to Whitney

Postby dharter » Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:46 am

are the options for this year's Sierra trip. I am sure there are any number of opinions, so have at it! :) Logistically, I will be arriving from Las Vegas late afternoon on a Wednesday. I would leave the rental car in Mammoth Lakes or South Lake so that I could get on the trail with minimal delay. Is one location better (safer for parking, easier to return to/get a ride back from) than the other?

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Thanks.
Doug



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Re: Red's to Bishop Pass or Bishop Pass to Whitney

Postby BSquared » Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:13 pm

If you want high altitude and high solitude, go south. Except for the Rae Lakes Loop, it's much less traveled (i.e., between Bishop Pass and Woods Creek, and then again from Vidette Meadow to about Guitar Lake). And usually getting rides to almost anywhere (my own experience excepted ;) ) is dead easy from Whitney Portal.
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Re: Red's to Bishop Pass or Bishop Pass to Whitney

Postby copeg » Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:12 pm

I agree with everything BSquared has said. The southern stretch you mention has a lot more altitude, and a lot of opportunities to get off trail (if you like that sort of thing) and see some spectacular scenery - on or off trail. Many of the stretches are also a few days from the nearest TH for most people, making it more deserted when compared to the northern stretch.
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Re: Red's to Bishop Pass or Bishop Pass to Whitney

Postby maverick » Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:06 pm

Bishop to Whitney hands down especially if you have never visited the
area before.
Rae Lakes may be busy but all you have to do is stay at Dragon Lake
and you'll have all the solitude you want.
At Guitar Lake stay up towards Arctic Lake if its crowded.
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Re: Red's to Bishop Pass or Bishop Pass to Whitney

Postby stevet » Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:22 pm

Another recommendation for south. And if you are adventurous check out a few x-country route options.

From Dusy Basin over Knapsack Pass into the Barrett Lakes then over Potluck Pass to Glacier Lake then over Cirque Pass to pickup the JMT near N. Palisades Lake.

For Vidette Meadow head up to Center Basin over Junction Pass down to the Symmes Creek Trail then up over Shepherd Pass. Pickup the JMT at the Jct with L. South America Trail, or once over Shepherd Pass climb over the ridge to the south and into the Wright Lakes Basin. From this latter pick up the JMT where it crosses Wright Creek.
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