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  1. Steve Piccinati
    Steve Piccinati November 25, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Great advice Ray! My Son and I have been section hiking the JMT and we have had to pick alternate trailheads twice – however, it really doesn’t matter – once you’re on the JMT, where you started fades in importance and the fact that you’re in such a great place is all that matters! Happy Trails!!!

  2. Roleigh Martin
    Roleigh Martin November 25, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Good blog post again, Ray. I have focused on item #3 myself and provide all the known, reasonable examples, of alternate trailheads and document ten all together. Latest write-up is here (I worked with Allison on updating the list).

    http://www.trailtosummit.com/2014/09/the-ultimate-john-muir-trail.html

  3. Arla Hile
    Arla Hile November 25, 2014 at 6:42 am

    After dealing with the attitude of Yosemite rangers too many times (vs. Sequoia/Kings and National Forest staff), I’m sticking to getting permits from outside YOSE. That Virginia Lakes option is particularly appealing.

  4. Ryan Bieniek
    Ryan Bieniek November 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for the tips Ray. My wife and I will be applying for late July. As I understand, any of the permit options above will get you to the summit of whitney and out at the portal, correct? Cheers!

  5. ksheamiller
    ksheamiller November 25, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I didn’t think we were supposed to submit more than one permit request per person or group. I remember listing my 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices on the permit request. I loved it so much last year I want to do it again in the couple of years. Thx for all your advice

  6. Dave D
    Dave D November 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Hi Ray –

    Thanks for the post. Been giving this a lot of thought lately, as I have a very narrow window of availability and am juggling my professional and family responsibilities (as I’m sure many do). I have a few questions that I’m hoping you can help with.
    My question is, if my preference is to start on a Saturday, but works backwards from there, say: 1st. Sat, 2nd. Fri, 3rd. Thurs, etc. Does it hurt my chances for getting a Saturday start if I apply for earlier days? If I’m granted on Wed (my last preference), will it preclude me from getting Saturday (my first)? And if I am able to get multiple days, can I take the one I like and forfeit the others such that someone else can take them?
    Also, assuming they remove me from consideration once I’m granted, say I’m traveling with a small group, is it bad etiquette to spread the applications over multiple days under multiple names and take the one we like and forfeit the rest?
    Thanks!

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