circusoflife wrote:-- Also...Whitney no problem - as you state in ur reply, I just couldn't EXIT thru Whitney Portal unless I had the right permit. Which I stated was no problem..since I don't plan on exiting thru Whitney Portal anyway...
Whitney is a unique situation to the Sierra (well maybe the Half Dome trail too) in that 98% of the permits asked for are "Bucket List", lollypop ascents, thus the strict quotas/permit problem. Highly suggest both trails be designated non-wilderness which would enable some freedom in the adding of extra facilities much needed...but I digress.
circusoflife wrote:-- was playing around more with the recreation.gov website and can't get it to go more than 14 days...even with a different entry/exit point.
Maybe a new regulation this year? Ask again at the wilderness office but Muir/PCT/HST/TYT hikers (thru hikers) are able to get longer permits...seems odd.
circusoflife wrote:What she did mention that I thought was "new to me" was that some trails are not open because of trees falling down due to wind storms. She off hand stated like maybe "a thousand trees." Unless I missed someone on HST posting about it --
Heard 100+ mph wind shear gusts flattened some of the Agnew/Red Meadows area, again.
BTW, 1000 trees out of 10 billion is not a big deal. Backside Mammoth notorious area for tree damage...somewhat rare but not uncommon. Poster alert area for flying small aircraft.
circusoflife wrote: What is this 4-mile rule?
Some areas, IE Yosemite, they have posted rules about no camping within 4 miles of any roads.
Bottom line - reserved permit or no, just go. Permits will be easy. Take the right gear, hike smart, and enjoy the adventure. As a solo, I have never had a permit problem. IMHO backcountry rules still respectfully trump internet bureaucracies...(attitude depending).