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John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow

HARD 4 reviews
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John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow is a 33.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible from May until October.

33.5 miles 5380 feet Point to Point



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

Bear canisters are required on the trail and bears are known to be very active throughout this stretch, especially in Lyell Canyon and at Thousand Island Lake. Knowing how to keep a clean camp and smellables stored will go miles towards keeping you and your food safe. There is good fishing all along this stretch of trail - if you enjoy fishing make sure to take some time to throw in a few casts along the way! Campfire rules change when crossing from Yosemite to Ansel Adams wilderness. It is your responsibility to know and follow the regulations. The regulations change throughout the year depending on conditions. Inquire when picking up your permit. Note that if you are doing this by itself and not as part of the John Muir Trail, you will need to obtain the appropriate permit for Lyell Canyon trailhead in Yosemite National Park

4 days ago

Beautiful, lots of great camp sites and given we completed it in October missed the crowds, once we left Yosemite didn't see anyone for days at a time

1 month ago

Beautiful short 3 day backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail ...

Great hike

2 months ago

It was tough but worth every bit of it. I'd do it again.