Anyone know of a shuttle service that runs for one-way hikers either hiking sections of the John Muir Trail OR for the High Sierra Trail? Trying to organize one of the two trips for some buddies coming from out of town. I know I've heard of buses that run out of the Valley up to Tuolumne, but what about sections further south to Mammoth, Kearsage Pass Trail, etc.?
YART runs buses from Yosemite Valley to Mammoth (stops along the way including Tuolumne and June Lake) daily. I believe just 1x each direction a day. It was about $15 to get to Mammoth from Yosemite. I took it last year. It got us to Mammoth at about 7pm and as we wanted to start at night we grabbed a cab after dinner....the cab was a bit spendy (~$40) but there was really no other way to get to the trailhead at night. In the day, you just take the Mammoth shuttle from town to Red's or Agnew. Naturally, both the JMT and SHR sections are easily assessible.
Very easy. I believe further south than Mammoth will be a bit more challenging, but there are folks (maybe cabs) that will do it from Mammoth.
From Lancaster to Mammoth there is ESTA(?) Eastern Sierra Transit Authority which stops anywhere you want them to. What My wife and I did in 2009, we left our car in Lone Pine with friends, took the ESTA bus to Mammoth, stayed overnight at a Campground across from McDonald's and early next morning took the YART bus to Yosemite. Hiked the JMT from Yosemite to Lone Pine and our car. Worked just fine. Make bus and other arrangements well before your trip.
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