John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow

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John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow is a 32.6 mile point-to-point trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

32.6 miles
5,396 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

5 days ago

Trail is well maintained, water sources are becoming an issue, however not critical.
Several areas are “ no use” restoration in progress” and made finding camping spots a challenge at the end of the day.
No real issue with mosquitos but nights are hitting freezing.
Had excellent fishing at Shadow Lake.

2 months ago

just came back, lots of mosquitoes bring deet

5 months ago

A gorgeous August week in the Sierra with side trips to lakes reflecting rugged peaks. One of my favorites!

7 months ago

We exited at Agnew Meadows, but still a wonderful backpacking experience.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

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

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great hike

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

15 days ago

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2 months ago

recorded day 4

Thursday, August 18, 2016