lead on macduff!
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: normal heights-san diego, ca
Bikes: come and get 'em
they established 'the mt. whitney zone' a few years back so regardless where you come from, if you enter the zone, you must apply for the lottery. doesn't matter if you hike west to east all the way from mineral king, do the jmt/pct from yosemite or just the whitney portal trail or go cross country from arc pass or mt. russell. personally, i prefer the sky blue lake area to the south, the kaweahs to the west, the kings-kern divide to the northwest and some of the forester pass/center basin area to the north but the entire area is stellar. definitely difficult to find solitude in the whitney area but you gotta do it at least once.
permits are still by trailhead for all the rest of the other trails. that mt. whitney area is like the longs peak area in rocky mountain natl park in colorado. it suxx but it's a necessary evil. the area is literally loved to death. yeah the onion valley/kearsarge pass trailhead has the 2nd or 3rd largest permit allocation (bishop pass is right up there too) but offers greater access to other areas so the traffic gets a little more diffused.
Last edited by ooga-booga; 02-02-11 at 04:08 AM.