The switchbacks of the Mather Pass and the Pinchot Pass are very steep,
but you can enjoy the wonderful view from the top. Even if you are very
tired, we strongly recommend avoiding camp at the plain near the pass.
Because, the night is very cold with strong wind blow down from high mountains.
Therefore, you better camp in the forest a few miles from there.
At the Arrowhead Lake and The Rae Lakes in the Kings Canyon National Park,
there are sturdy food box for protect backpackers food from bear. Proper
food storage is backpacker’s duty, in other area you should store your
food into the food canister that you have. Black bears inhabit here are
cowardly, but, when the bear knew the taste of human food, it will become
a dangerous bear.
Vidette Meadow’s mosquitoes are very bad. When you stop the walk for a
while thousand of mosquitoes gather around you. Don't forget to take a
net and mosquito repellents.
Forester Pass is most strenuous pass on John Muir Trail. It is 13,200 feet
high, has long steep switchbacks of both sides. You have to fight with
a breath becoming tight in thin oxygen. Here is the climax of John Muir
Trail. When you go down this pass, you see the Mt. Whitney on your left,
and you will believe that the goal is not so far.
Mt. Whitney has different shapes with where you look up. The view from
Bighorn Plateau is looks like a short cake witch cut a quarter. The center
of cake is high and the outside is low. The east side view from Lone Pine
is visible like the rocky mountain which rose steeply. The Lone Pine Peak
of left side is seems higher than Mt. Whitney, as it stands in near side.
So, everyone confuse “Lone Pine Peak is Mount Whitney?”
Guitar Lake is the final camp to climb Mt. Whitney. Arriving here early
afternoon, get enough rest and prepares for an early morning start.
|↑Muir Hut ↓Helen Lake
| ↑Food Box