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The John Muir Trail

One of the finest hikes in North America, the John Muir Trail won't disappoint. Hike your way from south to north, cross through three national parks, follow the rugged spine of California's High Sierra and hike the highest peak in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney. Climb over 13,000ft passes, wander beneath high alpine peaks, and traverse beautiful meadows and forested river valleys. The spectacular scenery is combined with the clement weather of California and warm summer temperatures. For all participants this will be a trip of a lifetime and one to be remembered for years to come.

North America
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: JM6/208612
  • Starts: Mammoth Lakes, United States
  • Finishes: Mammoth Lakes, United States
You will Visit
  • Cottonwood
  • Big Pete Meadow
  • Reds Meadow
  • Tuolumne Meadows

Itinerary

01

Day 1-13: Cottonwood - Big Pete Meadow

This segment includes several high passes and stays close to the Sierra Crest. After climbing Mt. Whitney, you travel through the wide open alpine valley of Upper Basin and the trail passes below the fourteen thousand foot peaks of the Palisade region. The passes here are high and steep, but the effort is more than compensated by the incredible scenery.We meet in Bishop at the headquarters for a gear check, shuttle to the Horseshoe Meadows Campground, have dinner and an early bed, starting the process of getting the body adapted to the thin air of 10,000 feet.To further aid in our acclimatization Day 1 is a short day, but after this we steadily pick up the pace to Crabtree Meadows and from here climb to the 14,505-foot summit of Mount Whitney. Returning to camp we head north, pick up a resupply coming in over Kearsarge Pass, and then after numerous high passes drop into the deeply incised cleft of Le Conte Canyon. Here we get a resupply brought in by packstock. Day One:Meet in Bishop, do a gear check and shuttle to Horseshoe Meadows.Day Eight:Arrive at Bullfrog Lake with a resupply coming in over Kearsarge Pass.Day Thirteen:Arrive in Le Conte Canyon and a resupply. 

Meals Included: Meals included

02

Day 13-20: Big Pete Meadow - Reds Meadow

This section takes you into the heart of the mountains. From Le Conte Canyon, we cross Muir Pass and enter the stunningly beautiful high alpine area of Evolution Valley. We drop in the San Joaquin River drainage, staying well to the west of the main Sierra Crest, pass Lake Thomas Edison before climbing up onto the Silver Divide. We briefly touch an outpost of ‘civilization’ at Reds Meadow, where our next resupply arrives along with lunch. Those doing Section two only leave from Reds Meadow via vehicle. Day Thirteen:Pick up our resupply and head north to Little Pete Meadow.Day Sixteen:A short side trip to Muir Ranch to pick up a resupply.Day Twenty:Arrive at Reds Meadow north of Mammoth. Here we pick up our re-supply, and head north. 

Meals Included: Meals included

03

Day 20-23: Reds Meadow - Tuolumne Meadows

For many people, this is the most beautiful section of the trip and now, being trail hardened and carrying lighter packs, finish the final section quickly and efficiently. After leaving Reds Meadow we camp at Johnston Meadow. We skirt the beautiful Garnet and well named Thousand Island Lakes before dropping into Rush Creek and then cross Donohue Pass, our last one. Lyell Canyon is long but nearly flat, and ending at Tuolumne Meadows, you’ll get a well-deserved rest. Day Twenty:Leave Reds Meadow and camp at Johnston MeadowDay Twenty-Three:Arrive Tuolumne Meadows. 

Meals Included: Meals included

Inclusions:
  • Professional certified mountain guides with wilderness first aid certification (one guide per five participants)
  • Transportation by private vehicle (although this is primarily backcountry hiking)
  • Accommodation: Camping 22
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Tour Highlights:
  • One of the most famous hikes in America offering challenging and strenuous back-country hiking
  • Climb to the summit of the highest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney
  • Traverse 13,000ft passes through California's stunning mountain country
  • Wander beneath high alpine peaks, hike beautiful meadows and forested river valleys
  • Professional certified mountain guides with wilderness first aid certification
  • 22 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners
  • Trailhead shuttle at both ends of the trip
  • Porter or mule supported supply drops during the trip
  • All necessary hiking permits