Day 1 John Muir Trail

Day 1 John Muir Trail

Yosemite Valley (Happy Isles) to Sunrise Camp Total JMT miles — 13.2 Elevation gain/loss — +6405 feet/-1265 feet I left the Yosemite backpacker camp at 8:00 am on August 10 for the long trek up and out of the valley floor. My pack was heavy (57 pounds),...

Day 19 John Muir Trail

Arctic Lake Outlet to Mt. Whitney to Lone Pine Lake Total JMT miles  —  12.1 Elevation Gain/Loss  —  +3035/-4495 I wake up earlier than usual on this last full day of my trip. I will officially complete the JMT proper today, and hike most of the way out of...

Day 18 John Muir Trail

Lake South America Junction to Arctic Lake Total JMT miles — 11.8 Elevation gain/loss  —  2070+/1410- I awake early this morning, hours before daylight, with a keen awareness that the end of my Great Journey is inconceivably near. This time tomorrow, I...

Day 17 John Muir Trail

Lake at 12,250 to Lake South America Junction Total JMT miles —  5.9 Side Trip miles — 8? Total elevation gain/loss —  1670+/2870- The morning at Lake 12,250 dawns clear, cold and stunningly beautiful. Words can’t capture the sheer beauty as...

Day 16 John Muir Trail

Charlotte Lake to “Lake 12,250” Total JMT miles — 8.5 Side trip miles (including climbing Mt. Bago)  —  4 Elevation gain/loss  —  +4340/-2290 I awoke this morning determined to be nice. I decided I wouldn’t get up until I was sure I...
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