Join us and ask yourself the question: Do I really need that? Day 0 - L.A. to Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadows We got up early. A picture/video montage with information, distances, and captions from our 45 mile, 5-day through backpack from Horseshoe Meadows/New Army pass to the summit of Mt. The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Mt. Leader or alternate leader names cannot be changed or added.Â, No refund if you cancel your reservation 11 days or less before the entry date. A $15.00 per person recreation fee is charged for trips entering the Whitney Zone (Mt. In the morning we simply drove back down to Lone Pine, got some breakfast, and drove back up to the Portal in order to start our adventure up Mt Whitney. The plan I came up with was a slight variation on our 2012 trip, but on a much tighter schedule: drive to Whitney Portal, leave the car, “teleport” over to Horseshoe Meadows. I went via New Army Pass, Rock Creek, and Guyot pass to Guitar Lake. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. Langley is only about 500 feet shorter than Mt. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Next page asks for campsites. Book your permit for a given entrance and itinerary, pick up at one of four locations listed on their site, camp on anything but grass and have a good time. Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. Mt Langley is located in the US state of California and is part of the southern section of the Sierra Nevada.Getting there is similar to getting to Mt Whitney.Take US highway 395 to Lone Pine, CA and head west on the Whitney Portal Road. Hitchcock Lake (Climb Whitney 14mi.) Whitney during the summer. Traditionally this road does not reopen until the end of June. You will still need to acquire permits for these trails, but they are not part of the lottery system, and you can apply for permits starting 6 months in advance of your trip. 4) Guitar Lake to Mt. Learn more about planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF) in Inyo National Forest. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. Give us a call if you have any questions. My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. I also learned that getting a summit permit by entering from Horseshoe Meadows was no sure thing because I also needed a Whitney Portal exit permit. Is that right? Whitney, which offers a great view of the surrounding area, and it sees far less hikers and permit can be picked up last minute. We even met some old-timers camping on the Whitney summit! We then went back to Horseshoe Meadows and got the truck and went back to Lone Pine and got a room, cleaned up and hit the sack around midnight. Hike your heart out. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. Rising to 14,042 feet, Mount Langley is less than five hundred feet shorter than Mount Whitney but receives far fewer visitors. I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. Whitney. We were hungry so got in the Jeep and headed to Lone Pine and the Mt Whitney Restaurant for burgers. For Reservations: Reservations for Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permits can only be made online on Recreation.gov. Whitney Portal. One permit is valid for the duration of a trip, including traveling through adjacent parks and forests. We park cars at the Cottonwood Pack Station parking lot. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. If you didn’t get your permit application for the main trail in by February, or don’t want to attempt a more technical ascent up the Mountaineers Route, this on-trail option may be for you. I regularly climb and hike over significant distances. How did you like it? In order to camp at and summit Mt. At 4.7 miles the road crosses Tuttle Creek and at 5.3 miles Lubken Creek (you can take narrow, paved Lubken Road to bypass Lone Pine from or to Highway 395). COTTONWOOD PASS TRAIL: Trailhead: Horseshoe Meadow, 9920 feet: Distance: 40.7 miles: Elevation Gain: ~ 8,000 feet: Trip Duration: 6 days and 5 nights. Visitors to the Mt. The rangers prefer if you to camp on durable, non-vegetated surfaces ("Camp on gray, not on green" was their slogan), but other than that there's amazing freedom to explore and camp where you please. While the lottery to get a permit for Mount Whitney can be challenging and competitive, Mount Langley’s hikers can easily get a free permit on the day of their hike. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free. I've read some information that says you will need one even for a camp stove. Local services in the area are affected. Hike up Cottonwood Pass, down to Rock Creek, up to Guyot Creek, camp there. On the way back we were going to go Highway 120 and split at Crane Flat … From Lone Pine turn west onto Whitney Portal Road (mile 0). Just did this exact route in August with a party of 5, except we exited Whitney Portal. If you have a fear of heights, it’s probably not a drive for you. No additional camping permits/fees needed (except $6 walkup fee @ Horseshoe Meadow if you stay there before you hike). Not sure if you're doing Cottonwood Pass or Cottonwood Lakes, but the campsite at the end of Soldier Lake is one of the nicest I've ever seen. Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). Hope you guys have a great time! The hiking itself took us twenty-two days, with resupplies in Independence at the wonderful Mt. Cottonwood Lakes are truly stunning. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. Your wilderness permit must be issued via Inyo National Forest if your trip starts from Inyo National Forest, even if the first night of your trip will be spent in an adjacent national park or forest. No walk up service. If you have the time and enjoy backpacking, you could approach the Summit of Mt Whitney from Onion Valley or use Horseshoe Meadow Trail (which is the trail that most folks use to climb Mt Langley).Both routes will eventually link you up with the John Muir Trail. Horseshoe Meadow is a vast 10,000 foot high meadow, surrounded by lodgepole pine forest. You will enter immediately the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. From Horseshoe Meadows, hike west out of the parking lot, staying to the right at the first few junctions. There’s almost always some available. I also learned that getting a summit permit by entering from Horseshoe Meadows was no sure thing because I also needed a Whitney Portal exit permit. Just south of Lone Pine, the gateway to Mt Whitney, you leave Rt 395 and climb 6,000 feet up Horseshoe Meadow Road, a long windy road up the side of the mountain. Permits and permit fees included. Whitney Via Cottonwood Pass June 8th -June 11th This will be a 3-day backpack to Mt. The trail takes you almost all the way to the summit of Mount Langley except for the last 300 vertical feet which must be gained by means of a scrambling up class two rock. Please help protect this natural resource and leave it unmarked for future visitors. Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. Has anyone hiked Whitney via Horseshoe Meadows? 15 miles daily does not seem at all out of the realm of possibility as I have done more. Check the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for winter conditions for the East Side from Bishop to Lee Vining. Getting a permit starting from Whitney Portal is very difficult, so many NOBO hikers opt to begin their hike at Horseshoe Meadow (can camp the night before for $6 per person). A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each permit reservation. Our trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Put on your pack and hit the trail. For more information please visit our Climbing Mt. Then turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road.The road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine. Whitney area are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. Has anyone done this route due to difficulty and cost coordinating a shuttle between Whitney Portal and Horseshoe Meadow not to mention the permit nightmare entering the portal side? Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the wilderness permit office, a special use permit may be needed. Several of our trails give entry to the John Muir Trail or Pacific Crest Trail with the opportunity to trek in the longest roadless section of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Generally, you can camp anywhere you'd like along the route. We won't be carrying a stove anyway so won't have to worry about that. If you didn’t get your permit for the main trail this is a less traveled alternative route. Only the leader or alternate specified in the reservation may pick up or use the permit.Â, Permit holder accepts responsibility for their group: Â. Definitely double check with the rangers, they are beyond helpful. While you are here, be respectful of water, woods, and wildlife. Include any questions you may have on the following topics: Be alert when arriving at night in areas with bear activity. Â, There are no restrooms in the wilderness. Be wary of altitude sickness. Call them and ask!! Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. The signed permit must be in the group leader’s possession during the trip and must be presented to rangers upon request. Recreation.gov! Whitney. Do not leave food unattended.Â, In campgrounds and parking areas with bear proof lockers, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and secured in the lockers. Mt. planning and preparing for a wilderness trip (PDF). Trailhead address: Horseshoe Meadows Road, Inyo National Forest, Lone Pine, CA 93545 Trailhead coordinates: 36.4532 , -118.1699 (36° 27′ 11.5″N 118° 10′ 11.6″W) Elevation Profile Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). The walk-in campground had many campers. In other areas poop should be buried six to eight inches deep and at least 100 feet or more from water sources, trails, or campsites.Â, Respect other visitor’s desire for quiet and solitude. Rock Creek Road closed at the Pack Station gate. Whitney Zone, there were more people and less spots (especially after Crabtree Ranger Station) and we had to use WAG bags, but it was still quite easy to find a spot at Guitar Lake. Whitney Permits, Mount Whitney … and reservations. South Lake Road closed at Bishop Creek Lodge. I did this trip a couple years ago. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Whitney Permit in 2020: Understanding the Permit & Lottery Process for Day Hiking and Backpacking the Whitney Area 14er, Backpacking, JMT, Hiking Related, Outdoor All Allison Boyle March 11, 2020 Mt- Whitney, Mount Whitney, Mt. By then the wind had shifted and we were smoke free in Lone Pine. Whitney instead. First campsite - Outpost camp (5 miles). Recreation.gov is your source for discovering and experiencing America's federal recreation activities and outdoor adventures. Bakersfield to Horseshoe Meadows Despite months of trying to nail down a group for our planned stroll up the Mt. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Request your permit by email to print out before the trip. Choose a campsite at least 100 feet away from lakes, streams, or trails. Â, Come prepared to find your way. The area is south of Lone Pine, CA and an hour drive from Mt. Cottonwood Pack Station is located at Horseshoe Meadows. As I understand it you would request an overnight permit with an entry from Cottonwood Lakes or Cottonwood Pass trailheads (both of which are in the Horseshoe Meadows area). The Horseshoe Meadows parking lot is the starting point for Mt Langley, and is pretty quiet during the night. I'm not gong to summit from Guitar lake, then walk all the way out in one day. Signed permit must be in the group leader’s possession.Â, Everyone in the group must start on entry date and location on permit.Â, You cannot exceed the group size stated on permit.Â, Groups cannot combine to exceed 15 people.Â, Permit is only valid for one continuous wilderness trip.Â,  For trips ending at Mt Whitney (Whitney Portal) the permit must specify the exit date and exit point of, Do not leave food or refuse in your car or tent. Obtain permits at any Inyo National Forest visitor center. From what I understand that is all we need and we can camp anywhere along that route with that permit. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. I have a permit for four exiting Mt. Others hike the trail in sections, entering from lateral trails along the way. Whitney. Reservation fees are used to finance the on-line reservation system and software for permit data. Whitney (5 days with travel time). Getting there is an adventure in itself; the road to Horseshoe Meadow climbs over 6,000 feet, as it winds its way up from Lone Pine. We will work our way to Crabtree Meadows, where we will make camp for a day hike to the summit of Mt. From center of Lone Pine, turn west at the stoplight and follow Whitney Portal Road for 3 miles. But this is what the ranger at the ranger station, and two patrol rangers told me they understood the rule to be. Anyone ever taken this route? Call the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center to confirm if in doubt. Located in California's beautiful eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Inyo National Forest offers challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and unparalleled views. The gates were open. Onion Valley to South Lake or North Lake $260 first 2 passengers, $50 each additional. I have official notification that we have a permit for the July dates for our Mount Whitney excursion! Kearsage Pass (Onion Valley Road) and Cottonwood Pass (Horseshoe Meadow Road) are both popular trailheads for hiking to Mt. My son and I are going to do Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Whitney and back. Turn west on Whitney Portal Road. Mt Whitney Trail permit is not valid for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek approach to climbing routes like Mountaineers Route, East Face, East Buttress, or Mt Russell. If there isn’t for some reason, you can go the in person route. For Permit Type choose "Overnight Exiting Whitney," choose ID GT60 (Golden Trout) Cottonwood Pass. 8:28. No rain checks or credits. This coming summer I want to do the trip, but maybe change it up a little and get to Guitar Lake via Soldier Lake to Sky Blue Lake and Crabtree Lakes to Guitar Lake. Permits are issued from the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center and are required for both backpackers and day hikers. Mammoth Lakes Basin and Mammoth Scenic Loop closed. Expect to hike 12 to 14 hours to the summit and back A wilderness permit for hiking or backpacking is required year round to visit Mt. i just called the ranger station for info about permits into ansel adams wilderness, and they were very helpful, and also curious about my trip, what entry i'm taking to what trail/route i chose, what i'm gonna be doing, etc. Whitney, North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, and Trail Crest Exit). There are two trails that begin here that can connect you to the JMT near Mt. Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the permit office before applying for a Mt. We drove over to the Alabama Hills Cafe for lunch to discuss our options. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. A per person recreation fee is charged for your group when reserving a wilderness permit for entry on Inyo National Forest trails. Whitney via the John Muir Trail returning to our camp in Crabtree Meadows making our way back to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Filmnomenon 1,673 views. To Check-in by Email (allow 2 days to receive the permit), Subject Line: [Entry Date] [Trail Name] [Reservation Number]. The Mt. And, to retrace back to Horseshoe Meadows didn't work for me. Space is limited to 10 clients with 2 guides. A $5.00 per person recreation fee is charged for all other areas. Taboose Pass Trail and Red Lake Trail are closed for the 2020 season due to hazards from the Taboose wildfire. As you travel along the access road, be on the lookout in a few miles (3.1) for Horseshoe Meadows Road on the left. I've done this exact hike this year. They will ask generally where you're planning on staying each night and will assign the permit accordingly, but my understanding was this was more for record-keeping and safety and less for more strict enforcement. Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. On top of Mt. Book early, permits can be limited on Mt. They have an exit quota for that trail. Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips into John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout and Hoover Wilderness, and Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. This contradicts a lot of information online, including some information on the Inyo NF website. Length 37.6 mi Elevation gain 8677 ft Route type Point to point. Whitney June 11th. If you have a fear of heights, it’s probably not a drive for you. When we entered the Mt. *If you don't see availability for the trail you want, it is either affected by a road closure but still open OR closed due to fire. The meadows are separated by Cottonwood Pass, which you must climb over to access the Golden Trout Wilderness and the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Trips beginning on Inyo National Forest may continue into the wilderness areas of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.Â, As you plan your trip, remember that we must take care of this amazing place. Turn south on Horseshoe Meadow Road. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. We need to get a wilderness permit at the ranger station in Lone Pine for whatever trail head we plan to use. A great option is to park and Whitney Portal and prearrange with Paul at eastsidesierrashuttle.com to shuttle you … Come to experience nature and let it refresh your spirit. If you did not complete your itinerary provide the general location you plan to be each day. Horseshoe Meadow and Big Whitney Meadow, both about 10,000 feet above sea level, look like mirror images of each other from afar. Day Use – Mt Whitney Zone This permit is valid for one day only This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. We provide tools and tips to discover This video is about Father/Son Cottonwood Pass to Mt. Between May 1 and Nov. 1, overnight use is limited to 60 people / day. Members of the same household may go outdoors as long as they do not engage in any interaction with people from any other household. r/Ultralight is the largest online Ultralight Backpacking community! Share. Horseshoe Meadows, over either New Army or Cottonwood Pass, to Whitney: Easy eastside start, not much climbing to Day 1 pass, gorgeous and unique foxtail pine forests. Do not rely on cell phone for communication or navigation, most of the forest has no cell service.Â, Download maps, and emergency information before starting on the trail.Â, Plan to be self-sufficient, bring adequate supplies of food, water and clothing.Â. Just wanted to make sure cause we will be overnight in Sequoia NP and didn't want to miss any other hoops we need to jump through. Travel lightly on the land. Competition for permits from other entry points outside Yosemite is not as stiff. Whitney - … Reservations cannot be sold or transferred to other people. Find incredible places and experiences that help you bring home a story through Similar in distance to the Kearsarge start. Only the group leader or listed alternate can pick up or use the permit. There will be two nights in hotels. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. Backpacking Routes. California 25 contributions 20 helpful votes. Waste water should be scattered at least 100 feet away from any water source.Â, Don’t cut switchbacks, shortcutting damages the trail and adds to erosion.Â, No drones, they are prohibited in wilderness.Â, No loud audio devices, let the sounds of nature be part of the wilderness experience.Â, Campfires are restricted in many areas, wood growth is very slow at high elevation and what little wood exists helps sustain the natural soil, plant and animal community.Â, Do not camp on vegetation, these fragile areas are easily damaged. Need to Know. The trail crest exit quota was plenty full for walk-ins) We left our car at the Portal and hired Whitney Shuttle to pick us up and bring us to Horseshoe Meadows. No refund of reservation fee.Â. From what I understand that is all we need and we can camp anywhere along that route with that permit. Just south of Lone Pine, the gateway to Mt Whitney, you leave Rt 395 and climb 6,000 feet up Horseshoe Meadow Road, a long windy road up the side of the mountain. Log onto your account at Recreation.gov to make changes or call the wilderness permit office for Inyo National Forest for reservation assistance (760) 873-2483. I was told by both Inyo and Seki rangers that I needed a permit "visiting Mt Whitney zone." Whitney during the summer. Whether you are seeking solitude, exceptional scenery, or sharing a wilderness adventure, there are many ways to create a memorable experience.Â, Come, take a deep breath of clean mountain air. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Horseshoe Meadow Road is generally closed for the winter (May-October). Inyo and Mono Counties are included in Southern California regional stay at home orders. The recreation fees are used to finance the on-the-ground wilderness programs in Inyo National Forest. Horseshoe Meadows to Mount Whitney and Whitney Portal Trailhead via New Army Pass is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Whitney) to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. The place was cramped and busy but I will say, the food was darn good! Whitney Pack Trains portion of the Rock Creek Pack Station operates under permit by the Inyo National Forest and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Spent last weekend (July 4-5) hiking from the Cottonwood Lakes TH (Horseshoe Meadows) through the Miter Basin to Mt Whitney and then down the Main Trail to the Portal. Whitney to Trail Camp - tough 10 miles It is not a loop so you'll need to figure out how to get back to your car or have a car waiting at the end. Our trails offer possibilities for hiking, photography, peak bagging, fishing, or simply enjoying the pristine beauty of the High Sierra. The history of Mount Whitney is long, complex, and revealing. I just checked a few days ago and there were some still available online as well! Places to explore include the Ansel Adams, John Muir, Golden Trout, Hoover, and South Sierra wildernesses. From there you should be good for pretty much everywhere EXCEPT exiting via Whitney Portal, which you can't do unless your permit states that you can. This route is roughly the same length as Cottonwood Pass but is both prettier and harder. Planning Your Hike Turn south onto Horseshoe Meadow Road and continue 20.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadow and the Cottonwood Pass trailhead (not to be confused with the Cottonwood Lakes and New Army Pass trailhead). new adventures through a one-stop shop for inspiration and ideation, trip planning, information sharing, Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. At 14,495 feet, Mount Whitney is the high point of the lower forty-eight states and the goal of many. How to pick up your Mt. It wasn’t very difficult, as only the permits to go up the front of Mount Whitney from Whitney Portal are hard to get via the lottery. Whitney Permit: ... (Horseshoe Meadow Road) are both popular trailheads for hiking to Mt. All people count for wilderness quotas and fees. Hikers ready to start the John Muir Trail! This is a 3 days backpacking trip starting from Horseshoe Meadows in Inyo National Forest. The paved road is usually open from May to late October. Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake Roads closed at lower gate. Remember: Mountain Safety is no Accident . they were super stoked to hear about my upcoming adventure and shared some tips/advice on places to stop on the way in and out for gas, snacks, post-hike junk food, etc. AdkWalker - interesting about the Cal Fire Permit. Snow on New Army Pass was not an issue. We got a pair of walk-in permits (it was easy since we were entering on a loop and less traveled route. This one has fewer crowds than either the JMT or the Kearsarge approach, and the car shuttle is by far the shortest/easiest. Yep, that’s right. I was going to climb Cirque but the road to Horseshoe Meadows was still closed. Whitney 2016 - Duration: 8:28. Krista and I spent a three weeks in August-September 2015 hiking most of the John Muir Trail, northbound, from Horseshoe Meadows (near Lone Pine, around twenty miles south of Mt. In less than a mile, you will cross the south fork of Cottonwood Creek. Horseshoe Meadows 14mi. Whitney from July 4th to July 7th. Recommended Maps: JMT Map Pack, Mt. Remember to leave this place undamaged so it will continue to be what we seek of wilderness.Â. We arrived to Lone Pine Sunday afternoon and got our permits. Helpful. Whitney permit, a special use permit may be needed. Google Earth animated tour for a backpack trip from Cottonwood Creek (Horseshoe Meadows Campground) to Whitney Portal. Whitney Zone. Horseshoe Meadows to Mt. Not all camps show, some in itinerary are outside GT area. This is a long, 2 hours 24 minutes version of my trip from Horseshoe Meadows to Mt Langley, Miter Basin, Crabtree Pass, Guitar Lake and further to Mt Whitney just as the fires got real bad. Just about 40 miles starting in Horseshoe Meadow and ending at Whitney Portal. On the other hand, South-bound John Muir Trail permits are becoming harder to come by, so many people are opting for a north-bound John Muir hike departing from Horseshoe meadow, just south of Whitney. Whitney. and cultural destinations in your zip code and across the country. If you have any questions about permits or require trip planning assistance, please contact the Inyo National Forest at (760) 873-2483. And their site has info. Dispose of trash in bear resistant trash cans.Â, Bear resistant food storage containers are recommended for all wilderness travelers. As wilderness permits for a traditional Happy-Isles-to-Mount-Whitney hike get harder and harder to get, many people are considering alternatives. Date of experience: June 2018. Three campgrounds are located in the Horseshoe Meadow Area. … Directions: Located at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road, 24 miles southwest of the town of Lone Pine, California. Fees cannot be transferred to other dates or trails. Williamson Motel, Muir Trail Ranch,… You can apply for a permit six months before your start date unless you’re exiting through Whitney Portal. I let that dream go for 2019. I am in excellent shape, very strong and fast and am a cyclist. In February of this year (2020), I was able to secure some permits for the summit of Mount Whitney by going online to recreation.gov and getting some permits for two people, 6 months in advance. Awesome weather was enjoyed. I chose this route because from what I've read its easier to get a permit for this route since you're starting outside the Whitney Zone - please correct me if I'm wrong. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. Also - do you have a Cal Fire permit? Mt. Very strenuous, especially to those not acclimated. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. ... are going from Horseshoe Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows starting mid August. Recreation.gov is your gateway to explore America's outdoor Most people aim for Mt Whitney, and Whitney is certainly a noteworthy and great peak to climb, but I personally would consider the Mt Langley Trail more beautiful. Oct 14, 2011 at 1:03 … Exit Trailhead: Mulkey Pass / Cottonwood Pass. At about 3 miles make a left turn onto paved Horseshoe Meadows Road. A good number of backpackers choose to hike northbound from Whitney or even Horseshoe Meadow/Cottonwood Lakes because permits are easier to obtain. From the signal light in Lone Pine on US 395, drive 3.5 miles west on the Whitney Portal Road. If you exit the wilderness in Inyo National Forest for more than 24 hours or re-enter at a different location, a new permit is required for the new entry location. Horseshoe Meadow to Mt. Review wilderness rules for specific areas where containers are required. Â, Pack out all your trash, help keep our wilderness areas pristine.Â, Protect water quality, don’t use soap in natural waterways, even biodegradable soap can damage aquatic life. Whitney Mountaineer’s route, the final roster wasn’t decided until the Monday before our Saturday permit date. There are no discounts for annual passes, military, seniors, or children. Chicken Springs Lake 15mi. 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