[pct-l] Kennedy M to Lone Pine
timpnye at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 13:45:27 CDT 2016
I did that part of the trail two weeks ago. Water sources are sparse. Kern at the swallow bridge barely flowing and only in stretches. Cow water, heavily used in what pools are there. Was a brief flow one spot on cow Creek. I'm not sure you could count on either. The spring 15 miles up the trail is still flowing, but it took me a long time even though I'd had no trouble a few years ago. There was a stream/spring flowing a mile and a half before that, that I wouldnt pass by. After that Trail Pass to campground is your next water. Bring enough carrying capacity.
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-------- Original message --------From: Brick Robbins <brick at brickrobbins.com> Date: 8/8/16 11:34 AM (GMT-08:00) To: PCT List <pct-l at backcountry.net> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Kennedy M to Lone Pine
Here is an Idea.
Drive to KM, and leave your car.
Yogi a ride down to 395 by using your winning smile and asking people.
Star early enough to make sure you arrive in Pearsonville in time for
your reservation on the Easter Sierra Express, that you have emailed
ahead to arrange a pickup. Unless of course, the ride you Yogi-ed is
going north to Lone Pine. I have had much more success asking people
face to face for rides, than hitch hiking. Since "9 mile road" from
395 to KM is the difficult part to get a ride, I would suggest using
the "face to face" option in KM. There is more traffic up and down the
hill out of Lone Pine so it is less of a problem.
Then from Lone Pine, hitch up the hill to the pass, and start walking
When you arrive in KM, your car will be waiting
On Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 11:15 PM, Denis Stanton <denisstanton at mac.com> wrote:
> Hi Karen,
> I did exactly that hike a few years ago. Kennedy Meadows is hard to get to as there is no public transport and only limited traffic. It is definitely do-able though, and recommended :-)
> I drove to Kennedy Meadow and talked nicely to the store owner. He was quite happy for me to leave my car right in front of the store for three or four days. There are possibly other places in Kennedy Meadows as well. I hiked the PCt as far as Trail Pass, then off the PCT down to Horseshoe Meadows. It was slowish hitch from there down to Lone Pine. Maybe an hour at roadside. Would probably have been faster to go the trailhead parking lot and approach drivers directly, assuming you have winning smile. I guess that also gives you the advantage of being able to choose who you approach, which could a consideration for a woman travelling solo. At Lone Pine I had good luck in hitching back down Hwy 395 to the Kennedy Meadows turnoff (I forget the road name). I recommend setting up your pack and holding out your thumb at the gas station exit on the south end of town. That way you get seen by people putting out of the gas station rather than by those already doing 65 MPH on the highway.
> The hardest hitch was from Hwy 395 back up to Kennedy Meadows. It was a long wait in hot sun for me. I had actually cached some bottled water in the scrub when I drove up the earlier and I was glad of it. Eventually you’ll get a hiker or a fisherman.
> Have fun
> Denis Stanton
>> On 8/08/2016, at 12:51 PM, Karen Keller <karen.kellerford at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am hoping to hike between K Meadows and Lone Pine this week and am having trouble figuring out the best way. I have a car. I'll need to leave it and get back to it. I could go either northbound or southbound. Any advise/suggestions would be appreciated.
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