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here is my trip report from duck pass…
Attempted 5/14 with wilderness permits. Had to park at Tamarack Lodge because of the road not being open past that point yet. We decided to camp at Skeleton Lake and day hiked up to Barney. Big 25 wind gusts but temps only dropped to 40ish that night. DP Trail hard to find even w maps/navigation because of snow and Ive hiked it before in August 2020. We only spent one night up there because of a severe weather alert on 5/15 for thunderstorms. They got a dusting last night 5/15. Snow is melting but still quite a bit on the trail from a cold Spring. Lots of varied conditions up to Barney, 3 ft of snow, post holing, mud, snow melt, clear trail… With current conditions this is doable at least to Barney with gaiters, poles/snow baskets and micro spikes, IMO. Saw some folks skinning/traversing across from Barney. Still a beautiful hike!
Thanks all. Familiar with Tom Harrison maps. Easy to order online as well. The mileage sheet helps, thank you! I also appreciate the info from those who have done these routes. Very helpful!
Thanks Ted. I appreciate that. Will take all that into consideration. So what I understand is Vivian is the shortest in the steepest? On the other routed are there campsites open?
Thanks. I just came back from Duck Pass Trail in Mammoth! Yes I have gone into the permit process but still didn’t see the mileage. Need to figure out a date first before I reserve. Meant to add I’m also an experience hiker just trying to get as much beta as possible on this area. I did Whitney in a day and I won’t do that again…I know my limits 🙂