One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers’ plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. – John Muir
Going through pictures and video. More soon!
There’s a reason that “Backpacker Magazine” ranked California’s John Muir Trail as the best Hike in the World in it’s November 2010 issue.
Stretching 215 miles from Yosemite Valley to the summit of the contiguous United States’ highest peak, Mount Whitney, it rambles through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery that the heart and mind could conceive. Most of your days are spent above 10,000 feet, where you’ll experience the High Sierras in all of it’s grandeur and beauty as you hike through: Yosemite, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Devils Postpile National Monument, John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks.
Some perspective on how far 211 miles is. (Give or take a few miles.) Think of walking from:
Total Elevation Change: 80,000 ft (24,000 m)
Total Elevation Gain: 46,700 ft (14,234 m)
Highest point: Mount Whitney, 14,505 ft (4,421 m)
Lowest point: Happy Isles trailhead, Yosemite Valley, 4,035 ft (1,230 m)
Little, however, is to be learned in confused, hurried tourist trips, spending only a poor noisy hour in a branded grove with a guide. You should go looking and listening alone on long walks through the wild forests and groves in all the seasons of the year. In the spring the winds are balmy and sweet… . In summer the days go by in almost constant brightness… . In the autumn the sighing of the winds is softer than ever… . Winter comes suddenly, arrayed in storms.John Muir
I highly recommend buying/watching the movie Mile… Mile & A Half by The Muir Project. I’ve watched this more than a few dozen times. Wonderfully shot and incredible perspectives.
A group of friends and artists leave their daily lives to hike the famous John Muir Trail & bring inspiration home: 219 miles. 25 days. From Yosemite Valley to the highest point in the contiguous US – Mt. Whitney.
|Day||Itinerary||Day Miles||Total Miles||Ressuply|
|7-Sep||Happy Isles to Sunrise Camp||13.2||13.2|
|8-Sep||Sunrise to Tuolumne Meadows||11.4||24.6||Tuolumne Meadows|
|9-Sep||Tuolumne Meadows to Upper Lyell Canyon||9.5||34.1|
|10-Sep||Upper Lyell Canyon to Thousand Island Lake||9.7||43.8|
|11-Sep||Thousand Island Lake to Devil's Postpile||16.2||60|
|12-Sep||Devil's Postpile to Deer Creek||9||69|
|13-Sep||Deer Creek to Tully Hole||12.3||81.3|
|14-Sep||Tully Hole to Edison Lake||11.8||93.1||Vermillion Valley Resort|
|16-Sep||Edison Lake to Rosemarie Meadow||12.3||105.4|
|17-Sep||Rosemarie Meadow to Muir Trail Ranch||9.5||114.9||Muir Trail Ranch|
|18-Sep||Muir Trail Ranch to McClure Meadow||10.6||125.5|
|19-Sep||McClure Meadow to NE of Helen Lake||12.2||137.7||LeConte Canyon|
|20-Sep||NE of Helen Lake to Deer Meadow||11.3||149|
|21-Sep||Deer Meadow to Kings River||12||161|
|22-Sep||Kings River to Woods Creek||11.6||172.6|
|23-Sep||Woods Creek to Vidette Meadow||13.2||185.8|
|24-Sep||Vidette Meadow to Tyndall Creek||12||197.8|
|25-Sep||Tyndall Creek to Guitar Lake||12.1||209.9|
|26-Sep||Guitar Lake to Whitney to Whitney Portal||16||225.9|