[pct-l] request for advice or help

cmkudija at ca.rr.com cmkudija at ca.rr.com
Thu May 31 20:42:29 CDT 2007


Well, of course you're mad.  From our perspective in California, you spend
your time walking upside-down.  If that's not mad.... ;-)

But seriously, the Horseshoe Meadows campgrounds might be open by June 6th
and be populated with early-season fisher-folk.    This is a link to Inyo
National Forest's "current conditions" page - but it has not been updated
since May 7th.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/recreation/rec-reports/south.shtml .  You might
be able to get a ride from someone, at least down to Lone Pine.   There you
might be able to hitch to the junction with the Kennedy Meadows Road - the
CREST bus service doesn't seem to run on weekends
http://www.countyofinyo.org/transit/CRESTpage.htm  but I seem to recall that
there is someone in Lone Pine or Independence who operates an independent
taxi-like service - you might search the archives for this info, or some
helpful soul will re-post the info.   It seems to me that the most
challenging part would be hitching into Kennedy Meadows - although on a
Saturday, it might be more promising than most.

Sorry - the most challenging part will be driving back to San Francisco
while staying awake. Fortunately, there's lots of rest areas & fast-food
stops along I-5.

At least last year, our Verizon cell phone didn't work at Horseshoe Meadows.

I know this isn't much help - I just had a conversation with my husband,
though - and if you're really stuck for ideas before you leave, email me off
list.  We need a Sierra fix anyway, and might be able to meet you at
Horseshoe Meadows/Trail Pass trailhead and take you to Kennedy (we live
about 3 hours south of Lone Pine...)

Christine "Ceanothus" Kudija
PCT partially '94

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Subject: [pct-l] request for advice or help


I hope it's not unethical for a newcomer to this list to ask for
advice and possibly for assistance with transport.

I need to get from Horseshoe Meadows (Trail Pass area) to Kennedy
Meadows on Saturday 9th June.

I'm thinking that there won't be very much normal traffic going down
the road from Horseshoe Meadows to Lone Pine, or from Pearsonville on
the 395 to Kennedy Meadows, but as these are both common re-supply
points what traffic there is will be hiker-friendly.

My son Craig (Sunwalker) is a thru-hiker (http://pct2007.org) from
New Zealand.  I have an opportunity to join him on the trail for a
few days on-route (or rather off-route) to attending a conference in
San Francisco.  The current plan is to get a rental car in San
Francisco and drive down I-5 and across to Kennedy Meadows on
Wednesday 6th.  Hike with him up the PCT to arrive at Trail Pass
early on Saturday 10th, and then hitch back to the car at Kennedy
Meadows and drive back to San Francisco late Saturday night.

Comments, ranging from '"you're mad" to "yeh, that'll work" welcome.
Suggestions as to how easy or hard it will be to get down the
Horseshoe Meadows road to Lone Pine also welcome.  I don't know
whether there is a shuttle service operating out of Lone Pine if
things get desperate, but hopefully my cell will work from the
Horseshoe Meadow road if I had to.


Denis Stanton
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