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#45852 - 04/20/16 03:23 PM Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information
Shirley Offline


Registered: 04/20/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Augusta, GA
I will be visiting Whitney in July: meeting my group at Horseshoe Meadows campground, where I will camp the night before. I've never been to California before so any local information, tips, and suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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#45855 - 04/20/16 04:22 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
How are you getting to Horseshoe? It is a good distance from Lone Pine, where the nearest long term parking will be. Are you hiking from Horseshoe, or just acclimating there?


Edited by saltydog (04/20/16 04:38 PM)
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#45857 - 04/20/16 05:40 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: saltydog]
Shirley Offline


Registered: 04/20/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Augusta, GA
Renting a car from the Vegas airport and driving over. Acclimating at Horseshoe Meadows, then the next day meeting my group. After looking at more detailed itinerary, I park at the nearby (hopefully), Cottonwood Pack Station parking lot. Any suggestions?


Edited by Shirley (04/20/16 05:42 PM)

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#45858 - 04/20/16 05:44 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1017
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
I have left my car for a week at Horseshoe Meadows last 2 years in a row, no problem. Had plenty of spaces near trailhead, even in high season, pardon the pun.

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#45863 - 04/21/16 07:24 AM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Where are you hiking from? Are just acclimating at Horseshoe or climbing Whitney from there?
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#45867 - 04/21/16 01:09 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: saltydog]
Shirley Offline


Registered: 04/20/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Augusta, GA
Taking the long route (6 days RT) from Horseshoe Meadows, to ChickenSprings Lake, to Lower Rock Creek, to Guitar Lake, to summit. Return via a similar route.

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#45877 - 04/21/16 08:15 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1559
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Oh, cool, then Harvey's advice is right on: you'll be able to leave the car at HM. Not much time to acclimate. Are you starting the next day when your friends arrive, or do they get a day too? Are they coming from sea level? You all may want to consider a Diamox regimen with so little time to acclimate.


Edited by saltydog (04/21/16 08:18 PM)
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#45879 - 04/21/16 09:20 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: saltydog]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
The nice part about hiking out of HM is that hikers spend the next couple of days hiking at 10k elevation. So without going higher, they get a good dose of acclimatization before finally climbing Whitney.

But good idea about Diamox. I always use it for several days if I am going to be at or above 10k.

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#45881 - 04/22/16 12:54 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: saltydog]
Shirley Offline


Registered: 04/20/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Augusta, GA
My pharmacist daughter has already supplied me the the Daimox! smile She took me on my first 14'er trip (Mt. Elbert), last July. Zero time to acclimate so the RX was essential. I took it and she didn't. Guess who felt better at 13K - 14K feet? lol

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#45889 - 04/23/16 07:00 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 186
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
I hike out of Horseshoe Meadows 2 to 3 times a year. Normally, my hikes are down to the Kern, making a full circle by picking up the JMT at Wallace Creek.

My car has been there up to 9 days with no problems.

Are you going with someone that has hiked this trail before? I don't like to give advice if you are going with someone with knowledge of the area.

However, keep in mind that there is no water between Chicken Springs Lake and Rock Creek, maybe 7 to 8 miles.

paul

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#45913 - 04/25/16 02:40 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Paul]
Shirley Offline


Registered: 04/20/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Augusta, GA
Thanks for the heads up Paul. Not being from the area, all info is helpful. I will be going with an outfitter group, Rock Creek Pack Station.


Edited by Shirley (04/25/16 02:41 PM)

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#45914 - 04/25/16 03:35 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Shirley]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 186
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
You're in good hands.....over the years I have met many groups hiking Whitney the way that you are doing it.

If I understand correctly, you hike with a day pack and the outfitter brings the rest of gear and sets up camp and breaks camp each day.

On the day before you climb Whitney, you hike to Guitar, the outfitter sets up camp and upon your return, the outfitter has taken the camp down and set up camp in Lower Crabtree Meadow. Correct, or something like that.

By the way, how many people going? And, if I am not prying, what is the cost?

Good luck

paul

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#45915 - 04/25/16 05:06 PM Re: Georgia Resident Needs Horseshoe Meadows Information [Re: Paul]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
If that is the way you are doing it, that's really cool!

It allows people to hike into the back country who don't really have the gear or the desire to haul it all themselves. I hope you have a great time!

Shirley, is there a website that gives more specific info on your trip?

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