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Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby sealog » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:19 am

Hello,
This is my first post, and I hope I did it correctly. A group of us is looking to hike from horseshoe meadows through the whitney portal using a portion of the JMT, in september. I have tried to find an accurate mileage to plan for this, but haven't really been able to figure it out. Anyone out there know this?
Thank you very much in advance.



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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby maverick » Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:28 pm

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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby raphus » Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:49 am

This (very nice) backpack trip should come close to 40-45 miles irrespective of the pass you use to get out of Horseshoe meadows. However, this is not really on the JMT (only a few miles...) !
For information, my preference would probably be to AVOID the Siberian Outpost during a hot summer (exposed to sun, sandy, few water) and use the Rock Creek trail, or better yet, cross the Miter Basin (Sky Blue Lake etc).
Get a map :rolleyes: and have fun !
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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:30 pm

If you do not have access to the TOPO map software (that calcluates mileage and draws elevation profiles) you can do it the old fashioned way! One way is to mark 1/10th mile markers on an index card. Maps have a scale bar on the legend - just copy this. This is a bit hard to explain, but bear with me. If the trail is straight, just measure it, where it bends, hold a pencil point on the card then pivot the index card to the next 1/10th mile marker, etc. Another way is to use a string and "follow the trail" and then measure the string with a ruler. Then count the uphill contour lines that you pass- Say you cross 30 contour lines. Look at the map legend. Say the contour interval is 40 foot per line. 30 x 40 = 1200 feet elevation gain. From a travel time standpoint, 1,000 feet elevation gain is generally equivelant to adding an hour to your day's travel time. Most people travel on the average (including short rest breaks) about 2 miles per hour on trails. So if you measure 10 miles with your string (or index card) and count 50 uphill contour lines (at 40-foot contour intervals- the typical interval for a USGS 7.5-minute map) you can estimate (10 miles x 2 mph = 5 hours) + (50 contours x 40 feet per contour = 2,000 feet at 1 hour per 1,000 feet = 2 hours for elevation gain = total 7 hours PLUS any long rest breaks or river crossings.

In general, when you go off-trail count on only an average travel rate of 1mph.

Then review the route for water sources. You need to plan your daily travel so that you can camp near water sources. I usually highlight water sources with a magic marker on my maps. I also like to visualize the map and choose campsites that have great views. Often I will go a few extra miles or stop short a few extra miles just to camp at a nice spot. Also, consider getting off the PCT trail up to a mile for camping, if you want to have solitude. A very worthwhile off-trail campsite is at Arctic Lakes. At least plan an afternoon hike up to these beautiful little lakes if you camp near Guitar Lake.

Everyone has their personal preference, but I do not like to do a big pass at the end of a day. I would rather camp near the base of the pass, and go over it in the cool of the morning and when I am fresh.
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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby wildrose » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:12 pm

I did Mt. Whitney from Cottonwood TH a few years ago and used this map for planning. Horseshoe Meadow is on this map.

http://www.amazon.com/Mt-Whitney-high-c ... 807&sr=8-1

It has mileages on the map. And if you really want to have more acturate estimates, use a string (I used a piece of white cotton thread), line it along the route you want to take and mark the start and end section on your string, and measure it against the map's ruler as WD said in earlier post.
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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby sealog » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:44 pm

This really is an awesome venue, you guys are great! What can I do to "pay back" this great information??
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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby rlown » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:49 pm

go somewhere and post a TR.. that's as simple as it gets.
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Re: Horseshoe Meadows to Whitney Portal Mileage

Postby ERIC » Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:33 pm

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Re: Between the Miter Basin, and crabtree

Postby sealog » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:00 am

This is Don, I put a post in a week or so ago regarding horseshoe to whitney portal. We are now doing an out and back, some of us to Whitney, some of us elsewhere, mostly in the Miter.
My question is this, to anyone who has been out there, which I have not.....actually a couple questions;
1. Is there a trail from rock creek or thereabouts that will take us to the Kern River? If so it isn't readily apparant from the topo I have (I got this through amazon with the suggestion from your forum, thank you).
2.And if so, how far is it? I find that we have about five days extra if some of us are not going to whitney.
3. If not, any suggestions about fishing and exploring around that part of the pct/jmt?
We are pretty serious hikers and capable of strenuous, but this will be a mostly fishing/peak bagging (not for me) kind of a trip.

Thanks in advance, I am finding the resource on this website extremely helpful and good quality!
Best to you
Don
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