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Hiking the John Muir Trail

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allison nadler

on 28 July 2015

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Hiking the
John Muir Trail

Overview of the trail
The 211 miles of the John Muir Trail pass through the crown jewels of America's park system: Sequoia, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks.
Trail runs from Yosemite National Park to the summit of 14,505' Mount Whitney: The tallest peak in the lower 48.

For approximately 170 miles, the JMT travels the same route as the Pacific Crest Trail.
The JMT is named after naturalist John Muir, founding member and original president of the Sierra Club. Construction on the trail began in 1915 – a year after Muir’s death and took 46 years to complete.
Distance: 211 miles

Elevation gain: 46,700 ft.

Mountain passes: 7

High point: 14,505 ft (Mt Whitney)

When to go: July – September
Preparing for the journey
Day 1:
Day 2: Little Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Backpacker Camp 18.4 miles

Cathedral Peak and Lake, Yosemite Valley
Mule Deer
Day 3: Tuolumne to 1 mile past
Thousand Island Lake
21.3 miles
Entering Ansel Adams Wilderness
Approaching Donahue Pass 11,031'
Day 4: Thousand Island Lake
to Upper Crater Meadow
20.7 miles
Resupply at Reds Meadows
Devil's Postmile National Monument
Day 5: Upper Crater Meadow to Squaw Lake
17 miles
Avoiding the Yosemite Fire
Day 6:
Squaw Lake to
Bear Creek
16.2 miles
"How are you hiking?"
Day 7:
Bear Creek to
Blayney Hot Springs
11 miles
Muir Trail Ranch
Marie Lakes
Selden Pass
Day 8:
Blayney Hot Springs
to Evolution Valley
11 miles
1/2 Day on the trail
Day 9:
Evolution Meadow to
Unknown Pond
14.5 miles
Muir Pass in a Storm
Day 10:
Unknown Pond to
Glacier Creek
13.3 miles
When 4 Become 3
Day 11:
Glacier Creek
to J Bench Lake
14.3 miles
Mather Pass
Hiking Mather Pass (12,100')
Day 12:
J Bench Lake
to Arrowhead Lake
14.6 miles

Pinchot Pass 12,056'
Day 13:
Arrowhead Lake
to below Forester Pass
19.2 miles
Glen and Forester Pass
Descending Glen Pass 11,924'
Forester Pass 13,200'
Day 14:
Below Forester Pass
to Guitar Lake
13.8 miles
Day 15:
Guitar Lake to
Whitney Portal
13.8 miles
Mt Whitney 14,505'
Prior to February 2015, over 90% of JMT Hikers hike the JMT SOBO (Southbound)

from Happy Isles to Whitney Portal. You need to get a permit. In February, 2015,

Yosemite National Park put very tight restrictions on getting a permit reservation to

do the JMT. See http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/jmtfaq.htm

In short, the big changes are the following:
Yosemite National Park now limits reservations who intend to hike the JMT via the historical route of exiting Yosemite NP at Donahue Pass to 35 reservations a day and for walk-in permits, limit them to only those who apply to start their walk-in permit at Tuolumne Meadows.

This Exit Quota is limited only to Donahue Pass, not to the other passes on Yosemite’s southern borders (such as Fernandez Pass, Isberg Pass, Mono Pass, Parker Pass).
Guide Books and Maps
Tuolumne Meadows: Mile 23- Post Office: No holding fee
Red's Meadow: Mile 59.2: $35 holding fee
Vermillion Valley Resort: Mile 87.9: $20 holding fee
Muir Trail Ranch: Mile 107.7: $65 holding fee

Post MTR Option: Mt Williamson Motel- Independence, CA
Yosemite wilderness permit reservations are available 24 weeks (168 days) in advance. Apply exactly 168 days in advance as permits go quick! You can find out what day to apply for your permit here.

You can do so beginning at 5 pm Pacific time a day prior to the date listed on the site’s timeline. If
you fax your request by 7:30 am on the day listed, your request will be included in the daily lottery.

For weekend reservation dates, you can fax beginning 5 pm on Friday. If you missed the first day to make a permit reservation, you can see which trailheads are full here. Applying for a permit costs $5.00
Allison Nadler

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