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Highway 178 to Mt. Whitney Professional Review and Guide
"Near the end of this section PCT hikers reach the celebrated High Sierra, with its 14,491-foot Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Your journey there passes entirely within federally designated wildernesses on the Southern Sierra’s Kern Plateau, a land of meadows and mountains. Hikers in this nearly pristine country can enjoy the sinuous South Fork Kern River, included in the prestigious National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; sprawling Monache Meadows, the largest meadow in the Sierra; groves of high-elevation, twisted, foxtail-pine trees; and vast lands of solitude where the only sounds are the serenades of nature."
--Ben Schirfin, Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Thomas Winnett, Ruby Johnson Jenkins, Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California (Wilderness Press).
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