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Hiking the John Muir Trail, USA

19 Aug Posted by in Epic Hikes, Hiking, North America | Comments
Hiking the John Muir Trail, USA

John Muir Trail
Image Credits: Rick McCharles

A premier hiking trail earning acclaims from many hiking enthusiasts, the John Muir Trail in the USA unveils the gorgeous beauty of the High Sierra. Traversing through two designated wilderness areas, three National Parks as well as a national monument, the hiker on this trail will experience some mind blowing sights, as each step in the journey takes you through absorbing sights and fascinating experiences. The grandeur of the region along the John Muir Trail must be seen to be believed.


Starting from Yosemite National Park, an American treasure, the John Muir Trail takes a 25 mile lead through Ansel Adam Wilderness, King’s Canyon Park, Sequoia Nationl Park to reach the final destination of Mount Whitney, the highest peak found in continental United States. The Hikes found in this area get referred to as Mount Whitney Trail, Yosemite to Tuolumne Meadows, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake to Yosemite and the Horseshoe Meadow among the others. Permits are a mandatory prerequisite to hike the John Muir Trail.

Time needed to complete John Muir Trail

There are hiking enthusiasts who complete the entire trail in one stretch, and depending upon the pace of the hiker, the entire trail can be covered in as little as 10 days, or at a slower pace be compelted in 30 days. It is believed that a time period of 15-21 days is the ideal period to complete hiking along the entire trail. There are also hikers who prefer to take shorter sections of the trail as their hiking route, and with the many routes possible in the entire section of John Muir Trail, shorter hiking trips are also possible.

Panorama Cliff from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite
Image Credits:Miguel Vieira

Wonderful Sights along John Muir Trail

There’s no shortage of gorgeous sights along this trail that provide a feast to the eyes. The John Muir Trail takes the hiker through wilderness and National Parks. As well as passing marvelous cascading waterfalls on the way, as there are plenty of lakes to be found along the trail. Also as a hiker, you’ll be engulfed by utter solitude, and from the glacier-chiseled Yosemite taking you through to the jagged spires of the Minarets, you’ll never fall short of stunning sights. Snow-rimmed cirques, glacial lakes churning out mirror images of the wondrous jagged granite peaks, time above the timberline to enjoy a wide a sweeping view provide an enticing hike all the way. The trails also unveils ecological parks along its route, and more often than not, the wonderful weather paves way for scintillating hiking trips.

Camping Spots

There are many camping spots that can be found along this wonderful John Muir Trail. With tenting options galore as you can find many nice spots to set up your camp.


The biggest problem that you might encounter as when you plan to hike the John Muir Trail is keeping food, and carrying food in excess is highly recommended. A lightweight stove will serve you well on the hike. There are bears that get lured to edible smells, and as such this has to be kept in mind during the hike. Hiking during the nights is not advisable. Stores are hard to be found along the John Muir Trail, though hikers can opt to mail food packages to the Vermillion Valley Resort found at Thomas Edison Lake as well as that of Muir Trail Ranch that can be found at Florence Lake, part of the Sierra National Forest.

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