Season: Mid-June through Mid-September. Later means less bugs.
Hike North to South
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.
- Happy Isles – camp @ Little Yosemite Valley
- Happy Isles – camp @ Sunrise Lakes
- Glacier Points – camp @ Little Yosemite Valley
- Tenya – camp @ Sunrise Lakes
- 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).