John Muir Trail

Season: Mid-June through Mid-September. Later means less bugs.

Hike North to South

211 miles

Yosemite Application: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/jmtfaxform.pdf

Submit 170 days in advance of first date desired. (March 27 for Sept 12)

Starting trailhead and order of preference.

  1. Happy Isles – camp @ Little Yosemite Valley
  2. Happy Isles – camp @ Sunrise Lakes
  3. Glacier Points – camp @ Little Yosemite Valley
  4. Tenya – camp @ Sunrise Lakes
  5. Lyell Canyon – camp @ Upper Lyell Canyon

Option to pull out at Mammoth/Red’s Meadow (56 miles). Leave car in Mammoth and take YARTS shuttle to Yosemite at the beginning (YARTS runs June – mid Sept while Tioga Pass is open). Approx. $18 per person, one way.

 

If section hiking, and re-start from Mammoth/Red’s Meadow:
Permits through Recreation.gov Inyo National Forest.
Entry point: John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile – AA15. Exit via Mt. Whitney (Trail Crest Exit) – JM35

Exit date is the day you descend to Whitney Portal Road. Can camp south of Mt. Whitney on your way out (included in permit).

Resources:

http://bearfoottheory.com/john-muir-trail-permit/

http://www.trailtosummit.com/the-ultimate-john-muir-trail-preparation-guide/

https://thebigoutside.com/planning-to-thru-hike-the-john-muir-trail-do-it-right-on-this-10-day-ultralight-plan/

http://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/

https://socalhiker.net/backpacking/jmt/john-muir-trail-overview/

https://www.theoutbound.com/kristen-bor/the-8-step-guide-to-planning-a-thru-hike-on-the-john-muir-trail

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/inyo/passes-permits/recreation#JMT%20PCT

 

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