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transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby omara52855 » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:13 pm

My neice and I are wanting to hike 1/2 of the John Muir trail. Here is our plan: We will fly into Fresno rent a car and drive to Yosemite Valley. Then we will begin our hike in Tuolumne Meadows and plan to hike out to Florence lake or the Vermillion Valley Resort. Does anyone know of any shuttle service or transportation that doesn't cost a fortune back to Yosemite. Does anyone have any suggestions about hiking this portion of the John Muir trail? Thanks! :)



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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby The Other Tom » Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:16 pm

No help on the shuttle back to Yosemite, but if you're going to start your trip from Tuolumne, you might want to consider flying into Reno. I've done it both ways (Fresno and Reno) and I much prefer Reno. It's a much nicer, easier, scenic drive.

Another option is to exit over Mono Pass to Mosquito Flats (on the eastern Sierra). It may be easier to get a shuttle from there since you don't have to cross the sierra to get back. As a last resort, you can get a bus from Mammoth lakes to Yosemite (probably changing in Lee Vining), which means you'd have to exit at Red's Meadow.
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby BSquared » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:48 am

On the other hand, it's reputed to be very easy to hitch from VVR to Fresno, though I've not tried it personally. When I did the trail in 2004, a group that I was hiking with got a ride out to Fresno from someone who worked for VVR, I believe (I think a small amount of cash changed hands). There are usually *lots* of people hanging out at VVR, and if you let it be known that you need a ride to Fresno you're likely to find someone.

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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby fishmonger » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:38 am

personal experience trying to hitch a ride from VVR to Mono Hot Springs just down the road: negative. I had to walk the entire piece of road, it was about 100 degrees and it was the last time I left the Muir Trail towards that side of the mountains. Then I had to walk from Mono Hot Springs to Florence Lake, and yet again, every vehicle that afternoon drove by, waving at me like I was some cute roadside attaction.

Only on the last mile up to Florence Lake after the main road turned off to the right I was able to get a ride to Florence Lake.

In general, my hitch-hiking experiences around the Sierras have been so bad that I simply won't even try any longer. In Europe, you can cross the continent in 2 days hitch-hiking, while here you can't even get a ride up to Whitney Portal on a 105 degree day carrying a big pack. I walked that entire road, counting about 50 cars zooming right past me, always making sure not to make eye contact.

I've read on another board that people have been successful to line up transportation from Fresno to VVR via Craigslist, offering gas and something like $75 for the service.
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby cmon4day » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:29 pm

Just hike back to Yosemite :)
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby fishmonger » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:39 am

cmon4day wrote:Just hike back to Yosemite :)


word!

Last year I spent a ton of time and $$$ to get a shutle from Whitney Portal to Yosemite. This year we're just hiking the Muir Trail Yo-Yo and solve all those transportation issues with an even better hike
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby BSquared » Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:04 pm

fishmonger wrote:Last year I spent a ton of time and $$$ to get a shutle from Whitney Portal to Yosemite. This year we're just hiking the Muir Trail Yo-Yo and solve all those transportation issues with an even better hike

What's your schedule? We're going N-S starting 10 July; are we likely to cross paths?

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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby fishmonger » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:43 pm

BSquared wrote:
fishmonger wrote:Last year I spent a ton of time and $$$ to get a shutle from Whitney Portal to Yosemite. This year we're just hiking the Muir Trail Yo-Yo and solve all those transportation issues with an even better hike

What's your schedule? We're going N-S starting 10 July; are we likely to cross paths?

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still planning, but the goal is starting in June 29 at Happy Isles (or Glacier Point, if I can figure out the logistics to be up there in the early morning - is there long-term parking up there?).

Turn around at Lone Pine around July 16/17, back to Yoemite around Aug. 2nd. This schedule includes 5 full rest days and a few detours to not totally duplicate our route.

Look for a group of three with two hikers who look absolutely too young to be out there for a trip this long :-)


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29-Jun   Day 7    13.7      Happy Isles - Sunrise Camp
30-Jun   Day 8    10.2      Sunrise Camp - Tuolumne
1-Jul    Day 9    12.5      Mono pass trailhead - Alger Lake
2-Jul    Day 10   13.0      Alger Lake - Reds Meadows
3-Jul    Day 11   0.0       Rest Day Reds / spare weather day
4-Jul    Day 12   17.0      Fish Valley up to Grassy Lake area
5-Jul    Day 13   12.0      Grassy Lake - Goddale Pass, Graveyard Meadow
6-Jul    Day 14   14.0      Vermillion resupply, Bear Ridge, Marie Lakes
7-Jul    Day 15   3.0       Hang at lake half a day, Salley Keyes Lakes
8-Jul    Day 16   12.0      MTR supply, Goodard Canyon
9-Jul    Day 17   15.1      Evo Valley to Wanda or Helen Lake
10-Jul   Day 18   15.0      Helen Lake - Gold Staircase area
11-Jul   Day 19   15.5      Golden Staircase - Lake Marjorie
12-Jul   Day 20   14.7      Lake Marjorie - Rae Lakes
13-Jul   Day 21   19.0      Rae Lakes - Bighorn Plateau
14-Jul   Day 22   0.0       extra day / weather day
15-Jul   Day 23   17.0      Bighorn Plateau - Mt Whitney
16-Jul   Day 24   11.3      Mt. Whitney - Portal
17-Jul   Day 25   11.3      Portal - Mt Whitney Summit
18-Jul   Day 26   15.0      Whitney Summit - Junction Pass north Side
19-Jul   Day 27   17.5      Junction Pass - Woods Creek
20-Jul   Day 28   0.0       extra day / weather day
21-Jul   Day 29   15.0      Woods Creek, Pinchot - Upper Basin
22-Jul   Day 30   13.0      Mather Pass, Dusy Basin via Cirque Potluck Knapsack
23-Jul   Day 31   13.0      Wanda or Helen Lake
24-Jul   Day 32   19.0      Helen Lake - Blaney Meadows area
25-Jul   Day 33   12.0      Blaney Meadows - Selden Pass, Marie Lakes
26-Jul   Day 34   19.0      Marie Lakes, Bear Ridge, Silver Lake
27-Jul   Day 35   16.9      Silver Pass - Duck Creek
28-Jul   Day 36   6.0       Duck Creek - Reds Meadows
29-Jul   Day 37   14.0      Reds - JMT to 1000 Island Lake area
30-Jul   Day 38   20.0      1000 Island - Tuolumne Meadows
31-Jul   Day 39   0.0       extra day / weather day
1-Aug    Day 40   15.0      Tuolumne - Clouds Rest
2-Aug    Day 41   11.0      Clouds Rest - Yos. Valley
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby BSquared » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:40 pm

Actually, fishmonger, it looks like we may not see each other: we're expecting to be heading down LeConte Canyon and up to Palisade Lakes on the 21st and 22nd, and I think that's exactly when you'll be leaving the trail to do the Palisade-Basin thing! Rats!

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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby fishmonger » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:27 pm

BSquared wrote:Actually, fishmonger, it looks like we may not see each other: we're expecting to be heading down LeConte Canyon and up to Palisade Lakes on the 21st and 22nd, and I think that's exactly when you'll be leaving the trail to do the Palisade-Basin thing! Rats!

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there are so many spare days in our schedule, I doubt it will work out that way. Last year we started slow and got faster and faster, which if we can manage that on this hike as well, we're going to be at least 2-3 days ahead of schedule at the turnaround point.

I guess we'll run into you north of Muir Pass somewhere. On the northbound hike we are on the JMT proper from LeConte Canyon through Sunrise High Sierra Camp in Yosemite, so if we are just a little bit ahead, we should meet on that stretch.

Look for these two troopers:Image
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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby BSquared » Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:51 pm

Fishmonger:

OK, we'll be looking for you! Your kids are likely to be very distinctive on the trail! Look for two old geezers, one (me) wearing a fairly wide-brim floppy hat and a red short-sleeve shirt. Let me see...Ah, here's a picture from last summer, before a very unpleasant two-day very wet slog on Vermont's Long Trail, wearing the very hat and shirt, which hopefully won't have self destructed before the summer.



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Re: transportation from Florence Lake/Vermillion valley resort

Postby fishmonger » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:50 am

BSquared wrote:Fishmonger:

OK, we'll be looking for you! Your kids are likely to be very distinctive on the trail! Look for two old geezers, one (me) wearing a fairly wide-brim floppy hat and a red short-sleeve shirt. Let me see...Ah, here's a picture from last summer, before a very unpleasant two-day very wet slog on Vermont's Long Trail, wearing the very hat and shirt, which hopefully won't have self destructed before the summer.
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we'll keep an eye out for you - and yes, there aren't many kids on the trail. We didn't meet any away from the paved roads at Tuolumne and Reds Meadows.

Let's hope there won't be any wet slogs on this trip - we had our share last year, soaking us for 4 days in a row with weather that was a "once in 5-year event"
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