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  1. Roleigh Martin
    Roleigh Martin January 29, 2015 at 9:53 am

    The new Yosemite Web Page about this here:
    http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/jmtfaq.htm (Ed. note: this is the same link as above)

    The FAQ explains the Feb 2 date sentence better:
    When will this interim exit quota begin?

    The exit quota will begin February 2, 2015, and affect all reservations made after this date regardless of the hike’s start date. All reservations made prior to February 2, 2015 are still valid.

  2. dmitriy
    dmitriy January 29, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Ray,

    can you explain what that means for folks who are in process of requesting permits now ( and might be past Feb 2nd)? do we need to do anything different or just stay the course?

  3. Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey L. January 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the update and keeping us all in the loop. It’s very much appreciated. I was planning a 23 day thru hike from HI>Sunrise exit Whitney Portal, very similar itinerary as yours in your book starting Aug. 15.
    Which means fax in after 5pm on Feb. 27. Now I’m thinking of possible route alternates that would still be doable by not doing Donohue Pass. I’m 100% committed to this journey as I even have the support of my wife and family. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  4. Rick Martyn
    Rick Martyn January 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    There are so many beautiful hikes in the Sierra other than the JMT. It’s very sad to see so many people so singularly focused on it. I think the new interim regs are a good thing.

  5. Caitlin
    Caitlin January 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Sorry for the confusion, but I’ve had a hard time understanding the permit process and this really threw me for a loop. With the new permit quota for Donahue Pass, which trailheads should I be applying for a reservation at if I want to stay on the JMT (I’ll be applying for a permit after Feb. 2)? Only Happy Isles pass thru (sunrise/merced) and Lyell Canyon? On my application will I need to indicate that I’m planning on doing the JMT in order to also get into the Donahue Pass quota?
    Thanks so much for the comprehensive info you’ve already posted and any help is appreciated!

  6. carol d
    carol d January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    So if we decide to flip our 5 day hike on the JMT and go south to north exiting in Tuolumne Meadows, how would this change in permits apply to our new plan?
    Thanks

  7. Lindsey
    Lindsey January 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I feel a little torn about the idea of just avoiding Donahue as a solution to getting around the new permitting rules. Only because, wouldn’t that still mean that all that increased traffic is still happening after everyone rejoins the JMT? I can sort of see it both ways… I get that everyone has this on their bucket list at this point, but I also hate the idea of contributing to the mass crowds on the trail as a whole (not just in Yosemite and on Donahue pass). Just a thought 🙂

  8. Paul
    Paul February 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So let’s say I get a permit from HI or GP. Will I have an assigned exit day if I want to use Donohue?

  9. Russ
    Russ February 16, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Note: Due to high demand, approximately 90% to 95% of all John Muir Trail through-hike permit applications are denied. Please be aware of the new Donohue Pass exit quota in effect for John Muir Trail hikers for 2015. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm

    Its good but sad. I’ve planned for 2 years got all of August off and now i’ll be denied a permit. Just great!

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