My question is on behalf of a couple of other Marylanders who want to hook up with us for the end of the trip. We're thinking about their coming in via Paradise Valley to the Woods Creek junction (one of them is partial to a western approach); Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow or Charlotte Lake would be another reasonable choice. Two questions for those more recently experienced with the area than I:
- Does Cedar Grove to Whitney Portal sound like a reasonable week's trip? Via Paradise, or via Bubbs? Think of us as "average" hikers, neither go-light speed-demons nor slugs, but none of us is getting any younger. For the through-hike I'm estimating our itinerary using the old formula of 2 mph plus 1/2 hour per thousand feet of climbing.
- Is there any public transportation to Cedar Grove? My friends would probably want to rent a one-way car in the San Francisco Bay Area and drop it off somewhere — Fresno, perhaps? But then they need to get to the trailhead.
If anybody else on the board is likely to be in our vicinity during the trip (we're planning about 3 weeks, so you can estimate roughly where we'll be when), let me know and we'll try to hook up.