1. Byron Nevins
    Byron Nevins July 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I used to think the hardest was Forester. But I’ve
    Come around. Glen is the monster!
    I remember once a Mule train passed me. An hour later I had barely moved and there were the mules on top

    Way way way way on top.

  2. Bill Hegardt
    Bill Hegardt July 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I dislike steep downhill more than uphill. I’m not a big fan of hiking down the 99 switchbacks either with or without a backpack.

    Maybe I was just really tired that day, but the hardest section for me was heading down the south side of Muir pass. Lots of large step downs with awkward rocks trying to trip me up. I’ll be doing that section again in early August and see if my opinion is still the same.

  3. Steve Netherby
    Steve Netherby July 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    On my thru-hike in 2012, I climbed Glen Pass at night because I had to meet my resupplier at Onion Valley (other side of Kearsarge Pass) the next day and was behind schedule. So I couldn’t see what I was up against, the air was cool, and the moon was beautiful. Didn’t seem like a difficult climb, but I lost the trail once, and when I found it again I started hiking uphill. Got to a crest quickly and started down the other side. Noticed that it wasn’t strikingly different on the other side, as with most passes. Checked my compass watch and realized I was hiking back down to Rae Lakes and turned around. Camped late that night at Charlotte Lake, then hiked over Kearsarge to Onion Valley trailhead and a welcome resupply next morning, with the added fun of a good friend to hike with me the rest of the way to Whitney Portal. Looking forward to meeting “the monster” in daylight next time.

  4. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck July 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Hi Ray, I’ve been saying that for years! Glen Pass is the hardest pass on the JMT. I know it shouldn’t be but it is!

  5. Peter Hirst
    Peter Hirst July 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I thought Glen Pass was cake compared to either HI to Cathedral. 5500 at the start? Gotta put Glenn or Forester for that matter to shame. As for easiest, Lyell is too early in the hike to be the easiest. especially with that climb at the end of the day. Maybe NoBo. Same for MTR to EVO. SoBo I would put South side of Forester to Wallace Creek as my easiest stretch, maybe even to Crabtree, climb out of Wallace included.

  6. Loren Dacanay
    Loren Dacanay July 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    You are returning in 2015? Have you set a start date? If my feet don’t fail me, I am shooting for July 4!

  7. Keith Fultz
    Keith Fultz July 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I have hiked up Glen from the south and found it more difficult than Trail Crest or Forester with heavier pack. I will be going from North to South this year and see how it goes this time.

  8. Mary Jane
    Mary Jane May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Hi Ray, Mary Jane here with a question. I am thinking about the JMT in 2017 or 18. I do have a knee issue. I just bacpacked 20-miles. My concern is that on the JMT there may be some climb that might be too much. It sounds as though Glen Pass is a challenge…I appreciate your experience and feedback. Thanks much.are Jane

  9. David Drotts
    David Drotts August 15, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Just completed the Rae Lakes loop counter clockwise, which required hiking Glenn Pass from the south. I’m 58 years old and in decent shape, but found myself, because of the lower oxygen levels, having to take it very slowly as I approached the summit. It was a one step at a time experience with a lot of heavy breathing! Of course the views are extra ordinary.

  10. jbinsb
    jbinsb August 22, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I’m 67 and just did the JMT SOBO. Slept at Arrowhead Lake, and after 12 days on the trail at that point (started at Rush Creek, near June Lake), I found Glen to be kind of a cake walk. I think I was just in great shape, having trained extensively before starting and then having all those miles behind me. I did Glen previously on a Rae Lakes loop hike and found it pretty manageable then, as well. On this trip, the one that got me was Mather. Day before was a long walk from Le Conte Ranger Station up the Golden Staircase to Lower Palisade Lake. I think I was suffering from a calorie deficit the morning I went up Mather. I was struggling. Later, though, after packing in some calories at lunch, I felt good again. Haven’t done Forester. Had to bail from weather at Onion Valley.

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