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Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Backpacker Resources
I have hit the Whitney Portal four times at the end of John Muir Trail hikes at 2;30 pm, had a Portal Burger at Doug's, then caught a ride down to Lone Pine with Doug three of the four times.
I am going to eat some more in Lone Pine, then either hitch-hike up to the Hot Springs just South of Bishop if I can't get a ride up to spend a night in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacker's camp.
Next time through the Whitney Portal I'm going to spend a night at Doug's Hostel specialized for long-distance backpackers down in Lone Pine.
Exiting the Portal I've been on the trail at least forty days. Instead of hitting the road hitch-hiking North on Highway 395, I'm hoping Doug's hostel will provide a good transition to "civilization."
Yet I've had amazing rides North on 395 coming straight off the trail. I meet the best folks on the Highway 385 corridors.
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The fact of the matter is that the mini-city of Bishop about 50 miles to our North on Highway 395 is the local center of commercial activity on the Highway 395 corridor from Carson City to the North and to Ridgecrest to our South that has full service retail, medical, cheap gasoline, and a broad specturm of services.