Backpack the John Muir Trail

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Backpack the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a 220+ mile 3-week backpacking trip from Yosemite valley to the summit of Mount Whitney through the best of California's backcountry in the High Sierras. The trail shares about 160 miles with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and is often called “America’s most famous trail”.

THE APPEAL:

  • A trail almost entirely in the alpine with high mountain scenery.

  • Stunning diversity in landscapes through numerous National Parks and NATIONAL Forests.

  • Easy route finding and straightforward planning due to its popularity.

LOCATION: northern terminus in Yosemite Valley and southern terminus at the summit of Mount Whitney

SEASON:

  • July through september

GETTING THERE:

  • DRIVing: drive to yosemite and leave car parked in long-term parking at curry village. to get back to your car From the whitney portal exit point, either Hitchhike to lone pine, Mammoth, or Tuolumne (it is common with other hikers). Most people will be going to Lone Pine, but Mammoth or Tuolumne will be better. To avoid hitching, you can book the East Side Sierra Shuttle to Lone Pine for $65 for the 1st person (extra people are $20 each). From Lone Pine, take a 2-hour Eastern Sierra Transit bus back to Mammoth (costs $14.25). And from Mammoth, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transit (YARTS) HWY 120/395 bus to Yosemite Valley (operates daily in July and August and on weekends in June and September, costs $18, takes 4 hours to yosemite valley). And from Tuolumne, take the Yosemite Valley-Tuolumne Meadows Hikers' Bus back to your car.

  • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: fly into mammoth Airport. Take the Yosemite Area Regional Transit (YARTS) HWY 120/395 bus  from Mammoth to Yosemite Valley (operates daily in July and August and on weekends in June and September, costs $18, takes 4 hours to yosemite valley). At the south end of the JMT (exiting from whitney portal), there is no public transportation. either Hitchhike to lone pine (it is common with other hikers) or book the East Side Sierra Shuttle to Lone Pine for $65 for the 1st person (extra people are $20 each). from Lone Pine, you can take a 2-hour Eastern Sierra Transit bus back to Mammoth (costs $14.25).

HIKING:

Tips:

  • Use this excellent guide for obtaining a southbound permit.

 
USAMikaela Gregory