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Hi I am going to be planning a trip to Mt. Whitney via Horseshoe Meadows. It will be a total of 5 to 6 days.
Camp at Chicken spring, Rock Creek, Guitar lake, Crabtree, Rock Creek, Cottonwood lakes.
From guitar lake we summit Mt. Whitney 3.8 miles then bake pizza at the top :p  and head back to Crabtree Meadows.

Anyone interested please let me know!

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If you show up in Lone Pine to get your permit the afternoon before or 8:00 a.m. the day of, chances are they can amend your trip to exit Whitney Portal. Don't give up on a walk-in permit.

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Later in June the better.  

Usually by mid June, snow level is still around 11,000.  Might be a grand adventure going around the south side of the ridge via Cottonwood Pass.  Some of the PCT folk might have gotten that far so you may have some foot prints to follow. Siberian Pass approach and exit is a bit lower.

But then again based on some recent history, it could be bare ground all the way.  If you are curious, it might be worth a day trip to the pass a few days earlier.  You can leave LA at 4AM and do the pass and back before midnight.

That 4 miles or so from Guitar Lake and return in the best of times is a long walk that usually suggests a waay before dawn start. At least you will have lots of daylight.

Pizza on top sounds like fun.  Don't forget the kite.


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I did the same trip in 2008 on June 20th or so. The trail was clear all the way. Just one small patch of snow on the trail almost at the top. We started the hike from Guitar at around 6 or 7 and were at the top by 10:30 or 11 made pizza and hung out for about an hour and hiked back to guitar by 2 or 3.
We did not carry our packs up it was just a day hike so it went quite fast.
I think I might make brownies this time or maybe pizza and brownies you never know.


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Add in some chocolate chip cookies and you have my attention :)

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Add in some chocolate chip cookies and you have my attention :)

How about chocolate chip muffins? :D

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Well it's almost time to go. Here is my menu plan for the 5 days. Got the permits and ready to go.
Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal
Food list
Pizza  Makes  6 pizzas each pizza is 600 calories. Two pizzas at each meal. Also 2 pizzas at the top of Mt. Whitney along with a batch of brownies.
o 3 cups flour, 2 packs yeast, 6 packs sugar, 6 packs salt, 1 tube tomato paste, Pepperoni,  Mushrooms, onions, Bell peppers, 12 ounces of mozzarella cheese.

Enchiladas makes 1- 6” pan each pan is one serving and 1100 calories each.
o 3- 6 inch flour tortillas, 1 pack crumbled beef, 1 pack seasoning, 4 oz cheddar cheese.

Biscuits & Gravy makes 3 large pans 720 calories each
o 3 packs biscuit mix, 2 packs gravy mix, Bacon bits.

Muffins each mix makes 1- 6” x2” thick muffin cake 720 calories each
o 1 pack banana nut, 1 pack blueberry.

Chili & cornbread makes enough for 12 servings 3700 calories split between 3 people
o 1 pack chili mix with beans and veggies,  tomato paste from pizza list, 1 pack cornbread mix (just add water)

Trail mix for lunch along with beef jerky and summer sausage.
o Summer sausage total of one 5 ounce at 500 calories.
o 2 cups trail mix at 400 calories per cup (1/2 cup per day)
o Dried fruit 2 cups at 640 calories per cup ( 1/2 cup per day)
o Beef jerky home made about 200 calories per day ( 1/2 lb for the trip)  

Desert every night
o Chocolate chip muffins (2 packs) 720 calories each
o Brownies ( ¼ cup oil & ¼ cup water ) bake 25 min or until done.  1170 calories per batch. Split between 3 people.
o Peanut butter cookies. 1170 calories split between 3 people.

Total calories 19240 divided by 4 days equals 4810 per day.

This food has little or no preservatives or chemicals added as it is all made fresh on the trail. Prep time ranges from 3 min to 5 min each meal. Bake times range from 12 min to 30 min for the brownies and enchiladas.

Total weight 162.5 ounces or 10.1 lbs. that equals 1904 calories per pound of food.

The extra items to share are the brownies 7 ounces, the chocolate chip muffins 6.5 ounces times two, the peanut butter cookies 7.5 ounces. Total extra weight  28 ounces.

Got two others coming with me this trip :D


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Looks yummy.

Have you researched or worked though previously the effects of high altitude on yeast baking?
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Looks yummy.

Have you researched or worked though previously the effects of high altitude on yeast baking?

Well I have done this three times so far. Actually last month I went to Palisade Glaciers and baked bread, pizza, chicken enchiladas, brownies, chocolate chip muffins, biscuits and gravy. They always come out great.
But no I have not researched it just trial and no errors yet anyway. Been doing this for 5 years now. Haven't bought freeze dried food and would never go back to that stuff.

The pizza has a thick and chewy crust something like what Pizza Hut has.
Oh I used to be a Pizza Hut Manager 20 or so years ago.


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Trial and error in cooking is usually the real deal.

Enjoy!
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Dang!  If you can't get a hoard to follow you up there, I don't know what would be a better enticement.

Have a grand trip.  It will be dryer this year than many previous.  From about Guitar Lake up the hill and back down the other side beyond the switchbacks before you get water.


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Dang!  If you can't get a hoard to follow you up there, I don't know what would be a better enticement.

Have a grand trip.  It will be dryer this year than many previous.  From about Guitar Lake up the hill and back down the other side beyond the switchbacks before you get water.

Thanks for the info. I was planning on bringing extra water. Although my baking only takes 1/2 to 1/4 cup per item. So it will be mostly drinking water.

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More than likely the only place you will have to worry about water is above Guitar Lake.  I don't remember any water from Chickensprings until Rock Creek...but that has been a long time ago.  Coming back from top of Rock Springs (Soldier Lakes area) until you get to the Lakes on the other side there is no water.  Going down Old Army Pass will save you a few hundred extra feet up hill.  Trail starts at low spot of the pass goes off to the right on a slow descending unmaintained trail.  When you run out of trail after a 1/2 mile or so, look down hill and see if you can pick up a few switchbacks that take you to the top end of the lake.

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