The John Muir Trail is North America's best known mid-distance walking trail. It runs for 216 miles through the high Sierra Nevada mountains of California, from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the USA outside Alaska. The walking trail, which is named after the great 19th-century Scottish naturalist, conservationst and writer John Muir, is entirely through the unspoilt wilderness of the American West and passes through three national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. To walk the John Muir Trail successfully thorough planning is required. This text provides information on preparation, permits, health issues, wilderness, transport and camping sites. There is advice on such topics as dealing with inquisitive bears, coping with altitude, negotiating river crossings, as well as tips on booking transport to and from the trailheads and what equipment to take. In addition there is a detailed description of the flora and fauna of this region. Despite the fact that the JMT negotiates several mountain passes of 10,000 feet in altitude, the trail is always well graded is is well within the capabilities of the average hill walker.
The optional detour to climb the Half Dome, the jewel in Yosemite's crown, is included.
Table of Contents
TRAIL GUIDE Yosemite Valley Day 1 Yosemite Valley (Happy Isles) to Half Dome Trail Junction/Sunrise Creek and the Ascent of Half Dome Day 2 Half Dome Trail Junction/Sunrise Creek to Sunrise High Sierra Camp Day 3 Sunrise High Sierra Camp via Cathedral Pass to Tuolumne Meadows Optional Rest Day - Tuolumne Meadows Day 4 Tuolumne Meadows to Upper Lyell Canyon Day 5 Upper Lyell Canyon via Donohue Pass and Island Pass to Thousand Island Lake Day 6 Thousand Island Lake to the Devil's Postpile Day 7 The Devil's Postpile via Reds Meadow to Deer Creek Day 8 Deer Creek to Tully Hole/Cascade Valley Junction Day 9 Tully Hole/Cascade Valley Junction via Silver Pass to Edison Lake Rest Day - Vermilion Valley Resort Day 10 Edison Lake to Rosemarie Meadow Day 11 Rosemarie Meadow via Seldon Pass to the Muir Trail Ranch Day 12 Muir Trail Ranch to McClure Meadow Day 13 McClure Meadow via Muir Pass to Unnamed Lake North-East of Helen Lake Day 14 Unnamed Lake North-East of Helen Lake to Deer Meadow Day 15 Deer Meadow via Mather Pass to Kings River Day 16 Kings River via Pinchot Pass to Woods Creek Day 17 Woods Creek via Glen Pass to Vidette Meadow Day 18 Vidette Meadow via Forester Pass to Tyndall Creek Day 19 Tyndall Creek to Guitar Lake Day 20 Guitar Lake via Mount Whitney and Trail Crest to Trail Camp; and the ascent of Mount Whitney Day 21 Trail Camp to Whitney Portal Lone Pine Epilogue
Alan has trekked in over twenty-five countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia, and for seventeen years led organised walking holidays in several European countries. A member of the British Outdoor Writers' Guild, he has written more than a dozen walking guidebooks, several on long distance mountain routes in France. His longest solo walks include a Grand Traverse of the European Alps between Nice and Vienna (1510 miles), the Pilgrim's Trail from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela (960 miles) and a Coast-to-Coast across the French Pyrenees (540 miles). A Munroist and erstwhile National Secretary and Long Distance Path Information Officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland, in the heart of the Southern Uplands. Alan's first encounter with the Southern Upland Way was in 1995, when he backpacked the full length of the trail. A decade later he repeated the complete trail a second time, this time mainly using bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation, in order to research this guidebook. He has travelled extensively on foot in most areas of the Southern Uplands, having climbed all of the Donalds and most of the other hills above 500m in height, and traversed them from south to north in 2003 as part of his walk between Land's End and John o'Groats.