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Horseshoe Meadow Trail

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Horseshoe Meadow Trail

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vegasrugbyref wrote a review Dec 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada4,660 contributions259 helpful votes
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About a 20 minute or so drive up a very scenic, steep and at times narrow paved roadway. Trail on top close to 10000 feet elevation. Tall Pines including Ponderosa as well as Aspens primarily. Great relatively easy hiking. Prone to sudden temperatures changes. Road is currently closed for the winter.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Stephen O wrote a review Jul 2018
Balcatta, Australia79 contributions22 helpful votes
You leave Lone Pine and go way up the mountains on that zig zagging road!!! Way up to the top and into the woods. What a view on the way. Well worth a day trip to the campground. Or, to get to the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead or Army pass trailhead. Its a wonderful place to spend the day or start the trail. Have entered the JMT twice this way and highly recommend. You get to start way high up in elevation and get some wonderful views of the Owen Valley as you go up up up the zig zagging road!!!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Mike wrote a review Jun 2018
Newport Beach, California1,017 contributions568 helpful votes
Everyone wants to "bag" Mt. Whitney, so Whitney Portal is a zoo. This 10,000 foot trailhead is paved all the way, has a zillion parking places, and is empty. Hike your heart out. Nice overnight camping at the trailhead, and it's free.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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843Kfh wrote a review May 2018
California25 contributions20 helpful votes
We drove up to Horseshoe Meadow, which is at an elevation of 10,072 feet above sea level. This paved route climbs an extremely steep mountain face with a long series of sharp switchbacks. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in California. It is 19.7 miles long and rated as the second most difficult climb in California, with an average grade of 6.5%. We were fortunate to encounter parasailors jumping of the side of the mountain, then riding updrafts to gain altitude going higher than the mountain top. Views were spectacular and it is only about a 40 minute drive one way. We are very glad we made the trip.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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VespagirL55 wrote a review Oct 2017
Bisbee, Arizona592 contributions278 helpful votes
The road itself is a wonder -- ! Honestly surprised it is paved all the way up. Fantastic on a motorcycle, but be alert for rocks...they seem to fall daily, and yes there is a daily pickup, but don't take chances. We hiked up to John Muir Lake (quiet! clear!) on Cottonwood Lakes trail, then went over to see the Cottonwood lakes and cabin, then down New Army Pass trail. About a 12-mile loop. Stunning scenery. Those trees -- ! We marveled at how old they must be. Not much elevation gain for a 12-miler, so a real change from the Whitney trail, if elevation isn't your thing.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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