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Index of, and Forum for John Muir Trail Backpacking Information
South into the Ansel Adams Wilderness
This is the forum for supplemental information for the JMT and PCT from Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow, where we will pick up our next resupply.
Trail Guide Information
Your Input and Contribution
Post up your questions, comments, or quick suggestions through the comments feature on this page. Help me build this guide by contributing your perspective.
For more extensive reports about trips, trailheads, destinations, and other information about the trails and terrain between Tuolumne Meadows and Reds Meadow you can post stand alone HTML Trail Notes in this Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow Forum if you register as a member.
Unidentified hikers can post up plain text comments from the comments links on every page of the trail guide about that segment of trail. Those comments by unidentified hikers about the section of JMT and PCT trail from TM to Reds Meadows will live here in this forum, where we can reference them along with the trail guide information.
Comments are limited to basic in-line formatting/ which will appear in the proper Trail Note of the Forum that is linked to each page of trail covering the trails from TM to Reds.
Trail and Terrain
Ansel Adams Wilderness
This Place is Amazing
This short section of trail tying Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow together along the combined routes of the JMT and PCT is decptive.
Though short, once we cross Donohue Pass out of the South end of Yosemite into the North end of the Ansel Adams Wilderness we find it is packed full of unique configurations of unique life on unique terrain both along, around, and off our trail route.
South Side of Donohue Pass
The wonder begins entering the top of the finger of green reaching up Rush Creek hiking down the solid rocky South flank of Donohue Pass. A splendid park-like setting of mythical specifications off to our Southbound Left. A soft, pliable moss runs up and along sections of the creek, surrounding rocky outcroppings shaded by stoutly robust whitebark pines.
The moss wraps around oddly shaped segments normal-turfed meadow, parts of which are distorted, slumped down and frozen into fantastic shapes by the rapid departure of the Spring Thaw moisture.
We are entering terrain perfect to craft an amazing series of scrambles and peaks that give extensive width to the short length of the distance between Tuolumne Meadows and Reds Meadow.
I have not even started to describe the grandure and scrambling possibilities that our long-distance backpacker carrying-capacity has opened up along this fairly short section of trail between resupply spots.
Once we climb over Island Pass and see Banner and Ritter Peaks rising as the center piece of the Ritter Range and star of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, you will be happy I conned you into carrying an extra night's food to give us some extensive scrambling time.
I like to walk up to Catherine Lake every time I hike through on a Tahoe to Whitney hike. At one point I hiked a big circle around the upper basin, but then decided that scrambling up to Lake Catherine by changing my approach and return would reveal more of the terrain.
We will post up a series of Forum Pages covering the possibilities of each segment of trail from TM to Reds Meadow. Your comments and input are welcome on each of these segments of trail and terrain, and you are invited to post up your perspective on this special place, and your favorite backpacking trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness, if done while through-hiking or on local trips.
And for those of you who might be shy, remember that one person's question reflects a thousand people's doubts. Getting you the information you need to craft the best trip for you is paramount.
The Trail Guide Index
Trail Guide Backpacker Resources
This Southern portion of this trail guide from Tuolumne Meadows to the Whitney Portal is under construction.
I build the guide "live" online, so you will see many of the features as they evolve step by step. I will soon have all the basic TM to Portal maps and miles pages up.
Though informative, the maps will not be linked to trail guide location information until I build the body of the trail guide and that will come last.
First, I want to have complete sets of 30 and 7.5 minute maps from Tahoe to Whitney in time for 2015 long-distance trip planning. Thus I am striving to have the maps, miles, and elevations information online by April Fools Day, 2015.