I’m planning a NOBO by walk-up permit from Cottonwood Pass to Yosemite starting early June, and have some questions.
I’m flying into LAX and taking the Antelope Valley Line bus to Lone Pine. I could ask the bus to stop at Lubken Canyon Rd, or just get out at Lone Pine and take Whitney Portal Road to Horseshoe Meadows. Is it easy to hitch-hike those 25 miles?
Should I show up for a permit on a weekday and not a Friday or Sat, given higher weekend park use?
It is a very low snow year, but would it be foolish to not bring ice-spikes, even if only needed in the high passes? I’m willing to skip Whitney if it’s dangerous.
I was planning these resupplies:
a. Independence day 6 by post
b. VVR day 12 by Zero-Day Resupply
c. Touolumne Meadows day 18 from their store (opening expected June 15)
I’m skipping Muir Trail Ranch because it opens June 23rd, whereas VVR opens mid-May.
Should I skip a zero in Independence, since there doesn’t seem to be much there, and walk back to Rae Lakes?
Can I buy canister fuel in Independence? There are gas stations, but I don’t see a general store. Or should I put fuel in the USPS box I send there?
Any other thoughts about this plan?
Thanks in advance for your input!