1. Ravi
    Ravi February 14, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I’ve camped between Muir Pass and the Bishop Pass junction in Le Conte Canyon and actually prefer some of the exposed sites just as you get past treeline. Maybe that’s already considered part of Le Conte Canyon, I’m not sure. I think this link of a picture of one campsite I’ve used should work. I don’t have the GPS location but it is relatively close to the stream and above a series of cascades maybe 3.5 to 4.0 miles south of Muir Pass. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207290495170945&l=11f37485e1

  2. Rudy Turk
    Rudy Turk February 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for the article Ray.
    Ravi, is that site above the rock monster, above the switchbacks? I have seen several nice sites below the monster, near Big Pete Meadow and little Pete Meadow . One I especially like is about 20 feet up on the uphill side of the trail, not visible from the trail, will accommodate 5 people with lots of privacy (about 1/4 mile south of the monster). It is in big trees, easy access to the creek on the other side of the trail.

    1. Ravi
      Ravi February 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      The site would be above it since it is not far below treeline. It is somewhat off the trail and not obvious. Heading NOBO, it is near between a meadow and a the creek, and right below it are some cascades. I’ll have to get a GPS fix on it this year when I pass the location, although I probably won’t be camping there this time…

  3. Linda Selover
    Linda Selover February 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Ray – Are there any campsites closer to Whitney than Guitar Lake. I am a bit older and very slow, so I would like to get as close as I can. I can haul the water that I need, if there is no water.

    1. Steve Herr
      Steve Herr February 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Linda- There are some campsites at the two tarns above Guitar Lake, another one at the end of one of the upper switchbacks, and then a fairly large one for several tents a couple hundred feet before Trail Junction.

      However, if you have issues with altitude sickness, then I wouldn’t go past the tarns, because you would be increasing your sleeping elevation considerably. Also, you would need extra water for your overnight needs if you go past the tarns and it hasn’t rained in the day or two before.


  4. Linda Selover
    Linda Selover February 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    So far, no problems with altitude. I was going to go back in at OV and go Sobo, but now I am wondering if it would be better to come in from someplace in the south and exit over Kearsarge. Suggestions?

  5. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst February 16, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I agree on the LeConte Canyon dilemma. great campsites with good views of meadow and Black Divide/Black Giant. But they are not very far along after Muir, and not a good setup for Mather. Short mileage from where I will be on the approach to Muir. Also, with my goal of hiking and camping off the JMT, this stretch to Palisades Creek will be one of the toughest for me to fulfill my goal of not camping within a mile of the JMT. Maybe time to explore the Bishop pass trail, or push well beyond the Palisades Creek junction. Glad to consider scouting any possibilities you might suggest along this segment.

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