John Muir Trail is a 211 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Length211.0 miElevation gain40,902 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Yosemite is open with some services limited due to COVID-19. Reservations are required to drive into Yosemite. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm The John Muir Trail passes through some of the finest mountain scenery in the United States. Starting in Yosemite Valley and ending at Mount Whitney, it winds through the Sierra Nevada hitting Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. For more information visit: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/

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J Mac
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Stop contemplating this trail just go and hike it. You will not regret it. It is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I say that in true honestly. This trail is breaktakingly beautiful. Also coming from the east coast this hike was sooooo easy. Sorry west coaster but your trails are so easy. Hiking in the ADKs, Whites and Baxter- well is really hard. This trail is such a treat. Easy hiking- views 90% of the time. I can’t wait to come do it again.

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Kellie Dobrescu
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BackpackingGreat!

Nothing compares to the JMT. Started on July 29th from Tuolumne Meadows and ended on Saturday August 8th at the Whitney portal. If you need something that will change your life then thru hike this trail!

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Murat Unal
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BackpackingGreat!

Hiked the JMT NOBO in August 2020. I finished it in 10 days. It offered me everything I was looking forward to experiencing in an adventure. It challenged me both physically and mentally. It scared me when I had a close encounter with a bear. It fascinated me with all its surrounding beauty. It rekindled my love for nature. And it injected a healthy dose of humbleness into my spirit. Will definitely come back.

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Jeffrey Mendelssohn
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BackpackingGreat!

Spectacular backpacking trip. Put this on your bucket list.

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Tom Lyon
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Hiked the JMT in 1999 with my father and older brother (and older sister until her knee gave out around Devils Post Pile). I had just turned 13 a few days before we started in Yosemite. We spent 3-weeks or so, and averaged about 10-12 miles per day. We chose not to speed up, because we wanted to enjoy ourselves and actually take in the views (plus, I was only 13). I was sometimes too young to appreciate everything, but I’d love to do this again one day. One of the most memorable experiences of my life, and definitely an awesome experience to give a young kid real confidence. I’m 32 now, and this hike set me up for a future in the Peace Corps, and a life of adventure seeking. I hope to take my son on this one day. We have a journal posted online. Just Google “Muir Trail Diary” and “Princeton” and it should pop up.

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Alan Levien
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Day #5: Hiked from Sunrise High Sierra Camp to the trail junction for Clouds Rest Trail.

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yaodong yang
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Dan Mackechnie
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Randy Johnson
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Randy Johnson
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Randy Johnson
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Randy Johnson
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Kit Renner
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Kit Renner
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Amy E
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Kit Renner
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Kit Renner
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Kathy Adams
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Kathy Adams
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Jiaer Wu
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Peter Thompson
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Anna Lam
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Seth Kuiper
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Jens Driller
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Katie Callen
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Atul Nayak
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andrew schwab
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Alex Jander
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Mark Lusignea
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Jr Gregory
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