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[pct-l] Thru-Hiker Support - Kearsarge Pass

For anyone wondering about the trail to Independence over Kearsarge Pass,
take it. The scenery is some of the finest in the Sierra and it really isn't
too bad - from either side. Don't plan on camping on the East side because
of bears. Chances are you can hitch a ride into town with someone when you
get to the camp site. Getting back up - some of the motel staff may run you
up for a small fee.

Marshall Karon
Portland, OR
(503) 232-5271
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From: <Hiker97@aol.com>
To: <pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2002 3:33 PM
Subject: [pct-l] Thru-Hiker Support

> The Kickoff at Lake Morena was great.  I was wondering if there might be a
> need for something similar for the Sierras.  Maybe some type of shuttle
> service from Horseshoe Mdws parking lot (Cottonwood Pass) and or the Onion
> Valley parking lot (Kearsarge Pass).  A little party, cooking, and
> into town (Lone Pine).  This could be done over a three day period.  The
> thru-hikers should be fairly well grouped together from Kennedy Mdws and
> their mid-June start.
> The Horseshoe Mdws would be good from the standpoint that it is the
> bailout point if the snows are too much for some hikers.  Plus, the hike
> the parking lot from the trail is very easy and short.
> The problem is that it is just one-night camping and usually very crowded
> June when the thru-hikers hit Cottonwood Pass.  The road up there opened
> week.  Onion Valley may allow a little more camping time, but you have
> real hiking challenges getting to the Kearsarge Pass side trail.  The side
> trail itself is not too bad.  About 9 miles round trip (?).  This would
> certainly make the food haul to Lake Edison or Reds Meadows a lot more
> pleasant.
> Anyway, just an idea to help the thru-hikers as they start the long haul
> the Sierras.  Would be lots of fun if it could be done.
> Happy trails, Switchback
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