John Muir Trail Via Yosemite Valley

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John Muir Trail Via Yosemite Valley is a 203.1 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Buena Vista, 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.

Distance: 203.1 miles Elevation Gain: 46,030 feet Route Type: Point to Point





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This is the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal.

18 days ago

Completing this trail is one of my finest hiking experiences. It is hard to describe in a short description. The terrain is manageable but sometimes challenging. The trail is very well marked except in a couple of spots. Be sure you have good maps and know how to use them. Be sure to bring a camera, and practice “stealth” camping (don’t sleep in the same place you cook food). Be prepared to be challenged mentally and physically. Enjoy the hike, take the journey!

4 months ago

This is a must in a lifetime hike! Gods Country for sure! High mountain lakes and snow capped peaks. Amazing trail from start to finish.

5 months ago

A highly rated adventure to check off the ol’ bucket list. Definitely a memorable time stamp I’ll look back at and thank myself for embarking such journey. Made this trek back in 2015 and thought the trail was maintained very well all throughout. Wanna know more? Go out and seek for yourself. I guarantee you’ll love it.

9 months ago

Hike of a lifetime! My best backpacking experience so far. We didn't resupply during our trip and it made the first few days extremely difficult, until our packs got a bit lighter - think about it twice before you commit to the fully autonomous mode! Also make sure you have a plan B in case your water filter breaks on day 2... but we were lucky and none of us got sick even after drinking unfiltered water from rivers and lakes for two weeks.

9 months ago

Check out our trip video at Trail Perspective on YouTube: & Did a section of the JMT from Happy Isles to Rush Creek (Near Reds Meadow) in September. Crazy gorgeous section of the trail, wish we could've had the time to go all the way to Whitney. My favorite part of this section was the last part of Donahue Pass to Thousand Island Lake.

9 months ago

I did this trail in August with my best friend and it was awesome! It was hard of course, but the weather was almost perfect the whole time. There were a couple rain/hail storms but that was about it. Mosquitos only bothered us a few times, and it wasn't that bad. We did 21 days with three resupplies at Red's Meadow, Muir Trail Ranch, and Independence. Muir Trail Ranch was a disappointment with no services other than picking up our buckets, and we realized later that we should have done Vermillion Valley instead as many hikers said they had an awesome experience.

11 months ago

I hiked the JMT solo starting from Yose Valley in 2015, but got off the trail in mile 180 (Kearsarge Pass Jct) because of ankle and knee injuries. In 2015, I resupplied twice: Reds Meadow and Muir Trail Ranch (estimated 9 days of food until Whitney Portal). I finished the last 31 miles in 2016 starting from Cottonwood Lakes to Kearsarge Pass (it’s about 72 miles including Mt. Whitney, Lake Charlotte, and Kearsarge Pass Trail). I didn’t resupply for this 7 day hike. Final thoughts about the JMT: challenging, nonetheless it was an amazing experience. Easier to get a permit going NOBO than. SOBO. Trail is easy to navigate in low snow year, plenty of water sources on the trail, mozzies are relentless in July, beautiful views, mountains and lakes for days, and great people on the trail. Transportation set up: I left my car in Lone Pine and hitched a ride to Yose for my 2015 hike and to Horseshoe Meadows trailhead in 2016. Getting back to my car from Kearsarge Pass, I hired a shuttle service to take me back to Lone Pine. Reasonable rate.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A great adventure that I will never forget!! Each day of beauty surpassed the beauty of the day before. A never-ending awe inspiring views.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

amazing. not to be missed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This is a fantastic trail that should be considered by all that love the high sierra. I did this in July 2015 over 15 days starting south of Whitney and ending in happy isles. Days where long but not outragous. I was on my own but never felt lonely. Lots of people on the trail to talk to if you want. You can also just hie along and people will leave you alone. Finding a camp site or water wasn't hard. I tried to finish my day making it halfway up a pass. This way I could rest the night and make it over the pass for breakfast the next day. Be sure to pack lite, I mean really only bring what you need as that pack certainly gets heavy after 15 days on the trail.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Not a very hard trail for downhill but it offers a great view of the Nevada fall and the valley. It also has a small cascade which you will walk under that brings you a great experience for the summer.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This is my favorite trail so far! I hiked it 5 times alone. I liked it so much that I even hiked it twice in one month (2009). Then I went back to hike it in 2011, 2012 and 2014. It’s time to do it again! I always hiked it in 9 - 12 days. I would like to spend more time on it, like 2 weeks to relax also.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

hiked this in was meant to be a thru hike but partner got sick so we had to leave right about the half way point. I went back 2 years later and finished it. One of the crown jewels in US places to backpack.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This is the single most impactful trail I've ever experienced. The JMT, when done it its 211 mile entirety, will yield lifelong cherished memories. Its not easy, and you must do months of preparation. Its beauty is absolutely breathtaking. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough. Six stars.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

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.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

One of the most beautiful sections of the PCT

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

most amazing experience in my life

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beautiful in June. Expect some uphill challenges.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Above and beyond expectations

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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)."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Absolutely life changing!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

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