Looking for a great trail in John Muir Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 56 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 34 hard trails in John Muir Wilderness ranging from 5.1 to 237.2 miles and from 4,606 to 14,475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful hike but the mosquitos were unbearable at Blue Lake. Had to cut the trip short and headed back down to Sabrina after one night at Blue.

Hiked the little lakes valley trail today. There were lots of mosquito's in the morning while hiking. Went to chicken foot lake and gems lakes as well. Despite the about 8.5 miles my Suunto watch said it was a fairly easy hike with about 1000ft elevation gain. There would be a small Hill and then a long flat part then a small hill and another flat part. It went like that the whole trail. Some water on the trail in the beginning but it wasn't that bad. Took my dog Bandit for his first hike and I think he liked it.

fishing
1 day ago

Fishing at multiple lakes. long hike. Dogs ok on leash. Permit to camp overnight required.

Five stars bitch.

So snow is not an issue at this time? Are the campgrounds pretty full? Thanks, Keithski

Always an amazing hike!

AllTrails indicate mileage as 14 but we clock in at 20 due to we explore other lakes as well. It was a day hike we took our time. There were mosquitoes but not as bad as mineret lake. The trail has lots of incline and switchbacks esp towards the end. Towards the top requires rock scrambling. Some parts of the trail was sketchy due to being cover in snow. Overall if you like a challenge I highly recommend this trail. It’s a beautiful scenic trail.

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no shade
2 days ago

I’m getting scared just looking at the map! I’ll test the waters Tuesday when we get there , and let you know how we do ! Really excited tho!

Great quick and steep work out with beautiful views

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bugs
rocky
2 days ago

Incredible!

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bugs
3 days ago

Awesome trail. In addition to Ruby lake, I’d highly recommend hiking a few miles up mono pass to see 3 more lakes and some fantastic Mountain views. I also scrambled up the creek that flows into the lake, and that was super cool and well worth it if you’re up to some boulder hopping and scrambling. Mosquitos were insane. I have at least 30 bites and I was fully covered and used bug spray. The fly fishing along the creek and lake is also phenomenal.

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bugs
3 days ago

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bugs
3 days ago

This lake is pristine and amazing. We had the crystal clear turquoise water to ourselves to swim for about 15 minutes. The bottom is sandy and no water shoes needed. Heaven. The trail was steep- we took it directly back down but came up via emerald lake and duck pass. The trail is rocky as well, which can make footing a little slick going down. Our dogs had no issues with their paws on the terrain. The entire trail was the worst flies and mosquitoes we have encountered. They were truly awful. Not much shade either, so sunny and hot. Made worse by the train of pack horses going by shitting on everything and ruining the trail for everyone else.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy 10.5 miles trail ! I enjoyed the walk and when I arrived at the second Lake, the view was insane. I jumped in the Glacier and it felt so great !! It worth it :) everyone should do it to remember this beautiful hike, and to be grateful for this magnificent place that Mother Nature has to offer.

hiking
3 days ago

I did this hike the last week of July. Each lake was better than the previous. Very strenuous first mile+. My bummer was that I had downloaded the AllTrails map layer for offline gps. However that layer did not show the lakes and the trail between 4 and 5 seemed to disappear. Not sure why the AT layer doesn't show the lakes - the USGS layer does. Something to consider for future downloads...

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bridge out
4 days ago

The creek crossing at about 2 miles was impossible on August 13, 2019. High and deep flow that did not allow safe crossing, at least for me (solo). I think you would want water shoes.

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rocky
4 days ago

I would recommend bringing a good amount of water and a hat because the first quarter of the train is unshaded. The views at lake 1 & 2 were stunning!

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bugs
5 days ago

The trail and destination were beautiful! After Sherwin Lakes, the mosquitos and biting flies got a little aggressive, prompting a jog on the return journey. Our gps logged just over 10 miles from the trailhead. Bring bug spray and trail beers! A water filter will save on water weight too.

Terrific day hike! Lower Lamarck Lake and Upper Lamarck Lake are both uniquely pristine and my buddy and I both spent a significant amount of time at each. The water is bone chillingly cold (to be expected) but refreshing after a days worth of hiking/exploring. The Sierra's are remarkable in the summer months and although we didn't summit the distance travelled was well worth the push. This is a great hike for families and dogs! Camped at North Lake, great little site. Mosquitos are especially pesky this time of year (late August) so don't forget to bring bug spray...a big thank you to our friend Jose, our camp neighbor, for hooking us up with the bug juice! Keep on keeping on!

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5 days ago

Nice trail but lots of mosquitoes right now

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bridge out
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

We did this hike 3 weeks ago and absolutely loved it. The views while hiking up the canyon are beautiful. Around 3.5 miles you'll have to make your way over the creek the first time. This is where a lot of people say the bridge is out, but it honestly looks like that bridge hasn't existed for about a decade now. There was a log and rocks that made it easy to get across without getting wet. After another 1/4 - 1/2 mile you'll need to cross again. It took us about an hour to find a safe place to cross as the water was raging. It partially took us so long because we missed where other hikers had stacked rocks on the other side, so be on the lookout for those. Mostly everyone else we saw chose to turn around instead of cross but it really wasn't a hard crossing. It was cold, but not too difficult. The views from Mildred Lake are worth every bit of difficulty during this hike!! We absolutely loved it and this has become my favorite hike.

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rocky
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, moderately steep climb. Still a tiny bit of snow near the pass but 99% clear. Wildflowers and waterfalls galore. Puppy and I had a blast.

hiking
6 days ago

Few sights are as stunning as Temple Crag at lake 2. And the way this trail evolves from desert to forest to granite surrounded alpine lakes makes it all the more rewarding.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked the round trip from South Lake to Bishop Pass on 8/7/19. I have done Bishop Pass as a training hike and to introduce others to the beauty of the Sierras several times, and never get tired of the views. It is a beautiful trail that climbs along a series of lakes on the approach to the final climb up the switchbacks. It has been a wet year and the mosquitos were viscous on the way up, but the late morning breeze held them down on the return trip. There is snow across the trail in a few places, but the crossings were simple.

This was the most amazing hike. First 3 miles was a good steady climb. Pass by 8 lakes. Well maintained trail. Lots of switchbacks. Definitely worth the last mile to Pika lake. Best part of the entire hike.

My favorite hike around the mammoth area!

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