Mt. Whitney

2:09 p.m. on September 5, 2011 (EDT)
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I am trying to hike from Crescent Meadow to Mt. Whitney next summer (2012) but since I just graduated from college my funds are limited.  I know that renting a car from Bakersfield and having someone drive it to the Whitney Portal is not the cheapest option so I was wondering if anyone was planning a similar trip and if an extra seat was available.  I was planning on flying into Bakersfield on the 1st of July and hiking out of the Whitney Portal on the 8th or the 9th but I am super flexible.  I'd even be happy to help pay for gas.

I know Thoreau wrote that, "he who travels fastest travels alone" but I think in this case I'd really appreciate a ride.  I'd be happy to discuss options if you have any.

Thanks guys.


12:24 p.m. on September 7, 2011 (EDT)
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Bakersfield is on the wrong side of the Sierra. You'd be better off flying into LAX or Ontario, CA and finding cheap transportation to Lone Pine, CA.

3:00 p.m. on September 7, 2011 (EDT)
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You can take a bus from LA or Bakersfield and get off and on in Lone Pine. I think you might have to change busses in Mojave. Catching a ride from the hostel in Lone Pine or hitching a ride to the portal shouldn't be too hard.

1:17 a.m. on September 8, 2011 (EDT)
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Guys, he has the right side of the sierras for his route, starting at Crescent Meadow on the west side.

You can fly into Bakersfield or Fresno, with Fresno being a little closer.  I wish I were going, but my little vacation time next year will be a loop that includes Cloud Canyon, Kaweah Basin, and the western third of the High Sierra Trail - maybe I'll meet you on that section.

Also ask on a couple other forums - the forum at the Whitney Portal Store mjessage board 

and highsierratopix -

Both of those sites are full of people who make similar trips, and you have a good chance of finding someone who is planning a trip on the High Sierra Trail who can take you along.

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