Gil (GoHiker.com) and I hiked the High Sierra Trail June 17-22. This entry will serve as a summary of our trip. It will be updated with links to the trip reports and photo galleries for each day of our trip as they are created. Going into our hike, I had some concerns about mosquitoes, snow, and water sources. Here is what we found on the trail:
- Mosquitoes: I treated my hat, convertible shorts and bivy with permethrin. The only place that I used a bug net and bug spray was after we crossed Kawaeh Gap and dropped towards Big Arroyo.
- Snow: Snow didn’t affect our hike until we reach Mt. Whitney. With the forecasted temps over the next few days, I imagine most of it will be gone soon. For more info on the snow, see this blog entry: Mt. Whitney Main Trail Conditions, June 22 2015
- Water (for drinking) and water crossings: For our hike, there was water everywhere along the trail and as a result, we usually didn’t carry much more than a liter each for most of our hike. While the water was flowing well, the water crossings were manageable and relatively easy.
- X-Factor: The heat! We weren’t counting on it being so hot when we planned this hike. Most days, it felt like the temp were in the mid-80s.
I did not learn about this resource until after our hike, but for information concerning mosquitoes, trail conditions and water levels, take a look at High Sierra Topix. Please consider posting a report after your hike: Backcountry Conditions, Reports and Information
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We put a lot of time into planning our trip. Here are a couple of entries related to this:
- Trip Planning: High Sierra Trail, Summer 2015
- Initial plans for our hike. Includes links to the resources I used to learn about this trail.
- Hike In Progress: High Sierra Trail, Summer 2015
- Last minute planning/changes, as well as links to tracking us on our hike while it was in progress
Here is a quick summary of what we did each day. Details will be added as time allows:
This was a non-hiking day, primarily used to setup our car shuttle and get us close to the trailhead.
- Leg: Crescent Meadows to Bearpaw Meadow Camp
- Geek Stats: 11 miles || +3872, -2857 || +1015 net elevation gain || 9.5 hours
- Highlights: Getting on the trail after weeks of planning, views of the Great Western Divide
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 1 – Crescent Meadow to Bearpaw Meadow (30 photos)
- Leg: Bearpaw Meadow Camp to Precipice Lake
- Geek Stats: 6.5 miles || +4232, -1582 || +2650 net elevation gain || 9 hours
- Highlights: Precipice Lake
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 2 – Bearpaw Meadow to Precipice Lake (74 photos)
- Leg: Precipice Lake to Kern Hot Springs
- Geek Stats: 18 miles || +1850′(5%), -5328′(-9%) || +3478′ net elevation gain || 14 hours
- Highlights: Crossing the Great Western Divide, Kern Trench, Kern Hot Springs
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 3 – Precipice Lake to Kern Hot Springs (50 photos)
- Leg: Kern Hot Springs to Packer Camp
- Geek Stats: 8 miles || +3563, -470 || +3093 net elevation gain || 13 hours
- Highlights: Snow Plants, Packer Camp
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 4 – Kern Hot Springs to Packer Camp (25 photos)
- Leg: Packer Camp to Guitar Lake
- Geek Stats: 5 miles || +1795, -285 || +1510 net elevation gain || 7 hours
- Highlights: Guitar Lake, views of the Mt. Whitney Group, Wag Bag Humor
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 5 – Hidden Packer Camp to (just above) Guitar Lake (25 photos)
- Leg: Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal
- Geek Stats: 15.5 miles || +3305, -6445 || -3140 net elevation gain || 12 hours
- Highlights: Pizza in Lone Pine, Mt. Whitney summit (highest peak in the contiguous United States)
- Trip Report & Full Photo Gallery: High Sierra Trail, Day 6 – Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney to Whitney Portal (48 photos)
This trip was a great opportunity to form some strong opinions about some of the gear I’ve been testing for the last few weeks. From this trip, I should have extensive reviews on the following: