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Whitney Portal to Lower Boy Scout Lake


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Up to the first river crossing Map: Lower Boy Scout Lake and North Fork Lone Pine Creek
Towards North Fork
Towards North Fork
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First River
First River
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Not long after you begin the Mountaineers Trail (about a quarter mile) you will see a river to your left separated from the trail by about 100 feet of bushes. On my first trip to Boy Scout Lake we crossed these bushes and jumped across the river. The end result was that we had to jump from one house size rock to the next. I suggest you learn from our mistake and continue with the Mountaineers Trail until you come across a second trail (pictured at left) that breaks off to your left.



Within a few feet you will meet the river. These crossings can be fairly difficult, particularly earlier in the summer. My first two trips were in August and the rivers were relatively low, but my last trip on July 10 provided a real challenge.

Elusive Trail
Looking Down From Ledge
Looking Down From Ledge
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As you continue, the trail will become increasingly more difficult to find, though you should be able to make your way fairly well. This picture shows an overview of a portion of the path. As you can see it is often easy to follow, but not always. When in doubt go right, and up.

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