Call this my redemption hike. I turned back at Trail Camp last year.
Figure I'll take the long(er) way to Whitney with the hopes of having more time to acclimate and experience more of the area.
Need a bit of help planning. I'm hoping to be back to my car on the 6th day. Thought I'd post here to get the combined experience of those more knowledgeable.
Planning to do this mid-September. There are permits now, but who knows how long that will last.Tentative Itinerary:
Day 0- Stay at Cottonwood Pass Trailhead (Need permit to camp?)
Day 1- Hike to Rock Creek (or Rock Creek Lake? < Can't find that on my NatGeo map)
Day 2- Hike to Guitar Lake
Day 3- Summit and back to GL (plan all day for summit trip? Or, if all goes well, maybe hike to Crabtree Meadows just to camp somewhere different?)
Day 4- Hike to Lower Soldier Lake
Day 5-6- Hike back to trailhead over New Army Pass (where to stay night 5?)
Options: Take longer to get to Guitar Lake and come back the same way.