akaa: You stated stated "Wy2l - We do not have permits yet". Be advised, the Inyo National Forest rangers WILL check your permits on this trail, and if you don't have them, WILL send you back to the trail head and/or issue a nasty ticket.
Check out the Inyo National Forest web site:
There are 'special' rules for this trail. Find out about them. Bear canisters may be required. I would really hate for you to drive a long way and find out that you can't proceed, or worse, get a ticket. S*** like this can really ruin a vacation.
If you don't have a reservation to hike to Mt. Whitney, fear not, as there are lots of really great trips available. INF maintains a large percentage of all non-Whitney Wilderness Permits on a first-come, first served basis. If you are into suffering, consider the Shepherd Pass or Taboose Pass trails. Mere mortals can find other trails not so difficult - consult the friendly rangers in Lone Pine.
Last edited by wy2l; 06-07-2010 at 09:38 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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