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Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby bikebones » Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:57 am

Has anyone done this? Hiked from Taboose Pass trailhead to Independence? I haven't figured out the mileage yet, but after just getting a $185 quote from the Mt Whitney shuttle for 1 person (me), I need to consider some alternatives! It looks like a long, hot, slog, but perhaps I could hitch once I got to 395...

I plan to reach the trailhead Sunday 8/14 after a one-week hike and catch the ESTA bus on Monday to travel to Mohave...

Any ideas or advice are welcome!

Jim



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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:42 pm

Hi Bikebones

Welcome to HST!
It is a long, hot 8 miles to 395! You might luck out, and get a ride from someone leaving
Taboose Campground, but wouldn't count on it.
395 is pretty good for getting a ride, have gotten Whitney to 120 junction several times.
Funny, 395/120 junction to Tuolumne has all ways taken longer. :confused:
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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:35 pm

I came out Taboose TH, and waited there for an hour, gave up, and started walking towards Taboose Campground. I filled a 2.5 liter platypus at the creek before departing and walked until dark and slept in the sagebrush in my bivy about half a mile short of the campground. I walked into the campground early AM and two fishermen gave me a ride to Bishop because they were going into town for breakfast. You could check at the FS office and see if any permitted group were scheduled to return when you needed the ride and simply wait at the TH . There is good water in the creek. If you were to wait a day, you may get a ride. I am not patient, so I walked out after waiting an hour. The walk was pretty miserable. Another method is to talk to everyone you meet on the trail and beg for a ride. If you were to run into another person going back, certainly ask for a ride.
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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby bikebones » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:09 am

Thanks for the mileage and info Daisy. I figured it was a pretty long, hot, slog. I need to catch an ESTA bus on Monday, so I may come out early and do as much of the hike from the TH to 395 in the evening cool or even after dark. Bivy like you said, and finish up in the early morning if I haven't made it. Navigating the road after dark shouldn't be that hard! :)

Thanks again,
Jim
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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby bikebones » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:12 am

Oops! And thanks to Maverick as well. You provided the mileage.

This site is the greatest. I haven't hiked the Sierras since around 1986, and this brings it all back. I love the Cascades and Olympics here in Washington, but still, nothing compares to the Sierra.

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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby fishmonger » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:15 am

August walking down to 395? bring water - LOTS of water.

In situations like this, I pay Bob and sit in the AC of his ford Van, stop in Independence for a big bottle of Gatorade, and enjoy my vacation.

I've walked up from Lone Pine to the Portal in August once. Afternoon, full pack. Nobody stopped. Lesson learned. September 2 years ago I came down Sawmill Pass - called Bob for a shuttle first chance I got reception, and was in his van a mile below the trailhead a few hours later. Yes, he's not cheap, but he makes stuff possible I would not be able to logistically pull off when in the Sierra alone.
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Re: Hiking From Taboose to Independence?

Postby bikebones » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:25 am

Yes, Fishmonger, I see your point. I was beginning to think that as well. Waaay too long a hike in the heat, especially after a week up high. I was able to make alternative arrangements and I too will be riding in air-conditioned luxury; of my wife's car. :D
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