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John Muir Trail in Kings Canyon is a 134.7 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 134.7 km Elevation Gain: 4,504 m Route Type: Point to Point






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John Muir Trail - America's most beautiful long-distance trail - is a 220 mile point-to-point trail running from Yosemite Nat'l Park south to the summit of Mount Whitney, with an exit at Whitney Portal.

Fri Dec 21 2018

I loved following the river canyon for so many miles! Very scenic and a must if you can manage long distances.

Sun Feb 18 2018

Finished in 2014 what I started in 2012. A "must do" for any backpackers' bucket list

Wed Sep 28 2016

If you hike this trail you will continue to daydream about it til the day you die. Awesome!!!

Sat Sep 17 2016

I recently completed a backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail. The scenery is amazing. If this isn't the most beautiful long-distance trail in the country, it has to be on the short list. I started at the Cottonwood Pass campground and hiked northbound. It took two days to reach the JMT from the Cottonwood Pass area. My entire trip ended up being around 240 miles long. Videos of each day can be found on my YouTube channel. I also have some videos about the gear I used and food I packed on the trip. A link to the video for day one is posted below. Mt. Whitney is day three if you want to jump to that one. I just posted day 11, which was in the Selden Pass area. This was the most beautiful area on the trail in my opinion. Enjoy!

Wed Aug 17 2016

Very hard. Be prepared.

Tue May 17 2016

Fell into a life long love of mountains when I first encountered the Rockies, only to have them redefined by the Sierras a year later. I knew I had to come back for this trail and in 2014, I conquered it. This might be the most beautiful trail in the country and should not be missed. Logistics and challenge together make for the greatest test for reward and beauty. Highly recommended if you need to change your life in any capacity, and we could all change a little.

Tue Dec 22 2015

Amazing trip. 21 days of hiking in a post-card, so beautiful. Lots of planning required. Definitely a bucket-list type of trip.

Sun Aug 30 2015

Most amazing experience

Fri Aug 29 2014

Hike of a lifetime! Hope to do it again!

Sun Oct 21 2012

Loved backpacking this trail! 220 miles of AWESOME

Wed Aug 01 2012

The John Muir Trail is magical and should be on your bucket list.

Wed Aug 30 2017

recorded Mclure Meadow Day 12 JMT

Mon Sep 26 2016