[pct-l] No resupply in Lone Pine?

Stephen Clark rowriver at gmail.com
Thu Feb 5 14:03:42 CST 2015

I am aware that a west ascent of Whitney from the PCT requires a ;Whitney
Zone' permit, but is this permit now also on a lottery basis....?

On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM, Timothy Potter <tpotter7 at icloud.com> wrote:

> It appears that you can no longer exit the PCT through Whitney Portal to
> get to Lone Pine (http://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/permits/ <
> http://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/permits/> see Whitney section). I
> checked the Inyo site, but it is fairly confusing. It looks like you can
> get a permit to pass through the portal (without going through the lottery)
> but only if you don't go up Whitney. If you want to go up, then you have to
> try the lottery. But, if you are doing the PCT and want to go up Whitney,
> you can do that without a permit, you just cannot exit through the portal
> to Lone Pine. Also, it would appear that the Inyo permits are all for
> specific dates and when doing the PCT, who knows when you will actually be
> there?
> So, if I am reading this correctly, removing Lone Pine from the options
> appears to make it a very long haul from Kennedy to Muir Trail Ranch (174mi
> & 29,178ft elevation gain). Even longer if you want to make the side trip
> up Whitney. The only other option for resupply looks to be Independence but
> it is the difference between a 24mi off trail hike to Independence vs. a
> 66mi hike on to Muir Trail Ranch. Any thoughts on what is best to do on
> this section? Is the best option to just suck it up and carry a huge bag of
> food and go all the way to Muir Trail Ranch? Or, are there any better
> options?
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