John Muir Trail Via Yosemite Valley

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John Muir Trail Via Yosemite Valley is a 209.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
209.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

John Muir Trail - Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal

3 days ago

I am not a poet. Words cannot describe how humbling gods work is. Over every peak, the trail gets more beautiful.

backpacking
4 days ago

Did this hike in 5th grade and planning on doing it again this year! It was an amazing experience and such great scenery. But extremely difficult and can be tough to follow if you do not have an experienced hiker with you.

hiking
15 days ago

One of the most beautiful sections of the PCT

backpacking
24 days ago

check out two applications: Guthook JMT for $9.99 and Hikerbot for crowd source information. Both have better and more detailed info than Alltrails.

backpacking
1 month ago

most wonderful, difficult, beautiful, amazing trail ever! Go NOBO from Whitney.

1 month ago

Did the whole length SB July 2016. Completed the thru-hike in 14 days with one resupply at John Muir Ranch. Amazing experience and completely life changing!

most amazing experience in my life

3 months ago

Beautiful in June. Expect some uphill challenges.

4 months ago

Above and beyond expectations

hiking
4 months ago

*Edit from last review

.. rather, AllTrails lists the Snow Creek Falls, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Valley via JMT loop as dog-legal

hiking
4 months ago

In doing a bit of research, I found that only sections of the JMT is dog-legal. AllTrails lists the Yosemite portion dog-legal, as per written description and according to map; Snow Creek trail, as well. Having a dog on-trail could result in a fine and possibly being escorted out of the park.

"The National Parks (both Yosemite and Sequoia / King's Canyon) do not allow dogs on any parts of the trails. The only sections that would allow a dog are those in the National Forests. John Muir Wilderness in Sierra National Forest and the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Inyo National Forest. Therefore, you'd have the trailheads from Muir Trail Ranch to Gem Lake (just short of Donahue) to hike with a dog (about 90 miles or so)."

backpacking
5 months ago

Life-changing trip! I completed the trail SOBO from Tuolumne Meadows to Whitney portal and from July 16th to the 31st. This year was a heavy snowfall year which made for some snowy passes and high/fast flowing rivers and creeks, but it also made for an exceptionally beautiful trail! Saw the most beautiful views, met the best people, and had one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Make time to do this at some point in your life, would recommend to anyone!

backpacking
5 months ago

Absolutely life changing!

backpacking
5 months ago

My wife and I hiked the JMT NOBO via Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in Yosemite, with a resupply over Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley. With the resupply our total mileage was 238 miles.Beautiful weather the entire 21 days

6 months ago

Joined up with this trail on my way back down from Nevada Falls and it has some really great views. I recommend taking Mist Trail up and this one back down to the Valley. I was glad I did it that way because I got some amazing photos on this hike.

backpacking
6 months ago

I love that trail. I wish I was that forest ranger who worked out of the post in Evolution Valley.

6 months ago

Whoa Nelly!!!!

backpacking
7 months ago

One of the most incredible things I've ever seen. astounding.

backpacking
9 months ago

Did this while I was hiking the PCT. Summit Whitney. Great two weeks.

backpacking
9 months ago

I hiked the JMT in summer of 2016. Solo. North Bound in 25 days. By far, the hardest thing I had ever done to date. An incredible empowering experience that I'll never quite be able to do a good job of putting into words. Unforgettable! If you're thinking about it. Do it. Go for it. After you do your homework and preparation.

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