Jan 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #1268333
I'm looking at Piute Pass to Whitney Portal, about 120 miles.
Taboose Pass is right in the middle.
So, I'd like to get a resupply at Taboose Pass, around July/August.
(8 miles and 6000' one way from the trailhead.)
Anyone know anyone around there who might be able help figure it out?
Food and fuel weight would be less than 18 pounds. (For two people.)
I Really don't want to do it myself.
ThanksJan 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm #1689238
Paul McLaughlinBPL Member
@paul-1Jan 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm #1689257
Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USAJan 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm #1690011
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
All good advice. Or call Wilson's Eastside Sports in Bishop and they usually have fliers for people in the area that run businesses schlepping loads up that pass on foot.
760.873.7520Jan 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm #1690013
@cbertLocale: N. California
i've been wanting to try that route for a long time, but i'm a long way from being in that kind of shape–with my feet going numb on me now it's hard to imagine being able to get there
i'll keep an eye on this thread and update you if my situation looks more promising when it's a little closer–also curious to see how much anyone would charge for that dropJan 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm #1690015
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
I think I remember it being $160.Jan 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm #1690018
Every time I head down 395, I see the turnoff to Taboose, and want to hike in that way sometime. Not sure I'd want to carry an extra 20 pounds up that hill though!Jan 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm #1690283
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"Every time I head down 395, I see the turnoff to Taboose, and want to hike in that way sometime. Not sure I'd want to carry an extra 20 pounds up that hill though!"
+1 For me, that would fall in that category of things money can't buy.Feb 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm #1692921
Robert RicheyBPL Member
@bobrLocale: San Luis Obispo
I went up there a few years ago. The TH is very low elevation so starting in the middle of the day is not a good idea. The road is rough too so if you have a choice between an outback vs. a prius, choose the former. Trail is also a bit rough in places as I recall. Otherwise it's kind of a nice eastside approach and not ridiculously steep as I imagine sawmill pass or shepherd pass to be.Feb 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm #1692933
I went up that pass about 10 years ago — I remember it well and would charge about $5K to do it again with that much weight.
OK, seriously, just reaffirming your feeling that you don't want to do it if you don't have to. It was long, steep, footing was bad, not a lot of shade, had few water stops (I can only recall one, in fact)…
The time and energy it will take you to go down and back up make it worth a reasonable sum to get help, or even to carry more food and skip the pass altogether.
IMHO, FWIW, and good LUCK to you.Mar 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm #1708068
Greg, is this a straight thru hike or are you going to be meandering hither and yon?Mar 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm #1708109
I'm looking at Piute Pass to Whitney Portal, about 120 miles. Or vise versa. Either way, Taboose Pass is right in the middle.
And, yes, it will be pretty much straight through. I want to do this with my wife, so 10 to 12 miles a day. A resupply here would cut our weight down to 5 or 6 days per carry.
And if I can't get a resupply there it will take some discussing. I'm not sure if I can talk her into a 10 day carry.
What 'ca thinking?Mar 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm #1708616
Judging the way you hike, you will not need that many days to get there and it will take you no more than 9 days. That is what it would take me. Based on your Little Colorado River trip from Hance and back, you hike a lot faster than me. So you will probably cover a lot more trail than I do in a day. You will be consuming about 2 pounds a day a piece on average with your packs noticeably lighter in a couple of days. Muir Ranch is just north of the junction of Piute/JMT intersection and most folks hike that stretch south without resupply because there is just no easy way to do it without spending a bunch of money.Mar 14, 2011 at 7:29 am #1708665
You're right – I would have no problem getting it done. But I'd like to do this section with my wife, who is more comfortable at 10- 12 miles a day and plenty of camp time. That is the driving force for a resupply.
In fact, I plan to return in September to do Whitney to Tuolomne in 10 days, without resupply.Mar 14, 2011 at 8:09 am #1708680
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
FYI, here's a link with some nice photos of the trail to the pass. 11,500' WOW!Mar 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm #1708931
O.K. Greg, I understand now. I underrated your capacity for speed on the trail:>)Mar 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm #1711380
Many thanks for the georgeous pictures, Dale. As mentioned I did this hike a couple of decades back — you even have the same tent as I did then. I appreciate the memories.
Almost makes me want to do it again… someday.May 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm #1737890
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Greg (or anyone else) –
Have you had any luck setting up a resupply at Taboose Pass?
I am striking out……May 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm #1737895
I have not pursued it.
We are still trying to arrange our calendar.
I did look at some Guide services and they were running about $500 ! Crazy.
Let us know if you find anything reasonable.
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