1. Jeff McWilliams
    Jeff McWilliams June 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Seems like you could also go thru LYV to Merced Lake, and then follow either the Red Peak Pass Trail or the Isberg Pass Trail to and over Isberg Pass.

    It would avoid having to go over Red Peak Pass.

  2. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst June 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I am departing Glacier Point on July 21, due to cross Isberg early AM on the 23. Hemlock Crossing to Granite Staircase, then down Fish Creek, to Iva Bell and Minnow Creek trail to Goodale, VVR, Bear Creek, Lake Italy. Italy Pass, Pine Creek PAss to French Canyon. Don’t hit the JMT till Piute. Alternate to entire North half except for 2 miles ( and I may bushwack to cut that!) Grateful for any beta on Red Peak and Isberg Passes. Not to Ray’s post. The black peak south of Red Peak used to be named, yep “Black Peak” and is now Merced Peak. Just below it is where Muir discovered the first glacier in the Sierra, Merced Glacier, now long gone. Another note to Ray’s post. The Isberg route need not bypass all those landmarks. It is my policy not to publish anything that may be taken as a JMT workaround, but anyone who is sincerely interested in doing a true alternative route may PM me for more information.

  3. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst June 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    PS: AS to backcountry conditions, word is that as of 8 AM today, both Tioga Road and Tuolumne Wilderness Office are open. Now for the crossings and mozzies

  4. Heather
    Heather July 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Unfortunately, there is still lots of snow at Tuolumne (I was there yesterday), red’s Meadow and the road from Mammoth is still closed, and the Ranger at Lone Pine said Forester Pass is impossible right now, and water in rivers / creeks is due to crest 2 weeks from now. Saw lots of hikers bypassing from Whitney to Tahoe. Looks like September…

  5. […] Why not avoid the crowds, make permitting easier, and see some new sights? I am a big fan of the Isberg Alternative. You can even start at Red’s Meadow, hike north, take the bus back to Red’s Meadow from […]

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