The John Muir Trail

The JMT is one of the most famous trails. It traverses the sierra in California from Yosemite to the highest point in the contiguous US at Mount Whitney down South.

It is popular and shared with the Pacific Crest Trail. Some High Route versions might fit more trekkers looking for more remoteness but I still highly recommend it as the sceneries are world class and the trail in really good shape. It was also one of my first longer distance treks and brought a lot of learnings / forgiveness and it mesmerized me the whole journey.

An early start from Yosemite Valley and the first view on Half Dome
Tuolumne Valley is so green and the crowd starts to dwindle
1000 Island Lake was one of my favorite despite some hordes of mosquitoes at this time
Further in the trail gets peaceful and has these pristine rivers
The second part of the trail goes to King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park
Some passes are pretty high up with still some snow in July
There are many exceptional camping spots
This photo summarizes the essence of the trail for me (streams, green, peaks…) even if a majority is actually pretty dry and feels like a dessert (and the trend is unfortunately going this direction)
It gets back to rocky terrain as we get closer to Mount Whitney
The last morning and starting the climb to the top from Guitar Lake
And reaching the 4400 meters / 14500 feet that brings this extraordinary 360 view..
… and a grueling last descent towards Lone Pine!
A journey of 340 km / 220 miles which stays as one of my all time favorite!



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