John Muir Trail

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

Hike North to South

211 miles

Yosemite Application:

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 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).




Living life to the fullest

%d bloggers like this: