Lake Thomas Edison to Evolution Valley on JMT and back on the Sierra High Route - June 29 - July 6 2013
Deniece, Bleha, Dave Shavel and Jeffrey Olson
Travel day is June 28th. Jeff Picks Dave & Deniece up at the Fresno airport (or stockton or Sacramento, although sacramento is an hour out of the way - judge flight times for best airport). It's about 90 miles and a three hour drive from Fresno to Lake Thomas Edison and the ferry. In order to catch the ferry that day we'd need to be there by about 3:45PM. http://edisonlake.com/site/
It's 5 hours from stockton to the lake, and six hours from Sacramento airport.
The trip is approximately 75 miles over June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and out the morning/early afternoon of the 6th. Call it seven days of hiking. It would be great if we could get to the ferry on the 28th, but we could catch the early ferry on Saturday the 29th at 10AM. I've driven the road and it's one lane and nasty. That was 30 years ago, but I don't think it would have improved.
I think the JMT segment should take us 3 days and the High Route segment should take us 4 days. That's probably biting off a lot. The hike out of Mono Creek is 2500', and then it drops down to Bear Creek, and slowly up to Marie Lake and Selden Pass, and then down to the San Joaquin River and up to Evolution Basin. After that it's cross country... Snow and ice and rock.
Here's the snow water plot for Kaiser Pt., on the road to Lake Thomas Edison - http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=3011&end=&geom=small&interval=30&cookies=cdec01
http://tinyurl.com/pkwfw4 Here's a map of the snow water content for May 11, 2009
http://postholer.com/postholer/ postholer snow water equivalents on the PCT
Overview Map - hard to read
Overview Map - hard to read.
It's 36 miles from the end of Lake Thomas Edison on the John Muir Trail before we head out on the Sierra High Route just before Evolution Basin. This map shows the trip from the end of Lake Thomas Edison to the top of Bear Ridge
This map shows the JMT from the top of Bear Ridge to the junction where the actual loop begins. We will continue south on the John Muir Trail.
This map takes us from the Hilgard Creek junction to Marie Lake
This map takes us from Marie Lake down past Heart and Sallie Keyes Lakes
This one takes us from Senger Creek to Paiute Pass Trail Junction
This map takes us from Paiute Pass Trail Junction to Evolution Meadow
Here we reach the end of our 36 miles on the JMT and head up into the alpine world of snow, rock and ice
Lake 11.092 to Upper Golden Trout Lake
Wahoo Lakes to Puppet Pass
Puppet pass to Merriam Creek
French Canyon to Feather Pass
Feather Pass to the Hilgard Branch Junction with the JMT. It's 9.2 miles from the junction back to Lake Thomas Edison and the ferry, which runs at 10AM and 4PM.