Roleigh Martin, known by many as the lead moderator of the John Muir Trail Yahoo Group, has published a comprehensive review of the 5 JMT Guidebooks available to anyone looking to hike the trail. This review is currently only available on Trail to Summit. The following excerpt is from his review which can be viewed, in

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The National Park Service just came out with an official statement that addresses the ever growing popularity of hiking the JMT: “Over the last several years, Yosemite National Park has noted a significant increase in demand for permits to hike the John Muir Trail (JMT). From 2011 to 2015, there has been a 100% increase

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This is my 15 day Southbound JMT itinerary from Happy Isles to Whitney Portal. I spent my first night at Little Yosemite Valley. Happy Planning!

This is my summer 2014 John Muir Trail itinerary. I hiked Southbound starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal. The official length of the JMT is 211 miles which ends at the summit of Mount Whitney. The rest of the mileage comes from my descent and any extra mileage I did. This

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 When I began to plan a solo thru hike of California’s 220 mile John Muir Trail it was overwhelming at first. There was so much to do and I had to do a lot of digging from many different resources to prepare for my journey. While I will not hold your hand through the process

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  *This post is from my 2014 JMT thru hike. I began 7/25/14 and finished 8/8/14. This is the last post of the hike! Missed the beginning? Read it here!*  By mid afternoon I will be in a car on my way to Lone Pine. I will pay for a bed at a hostel and

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*This post is from my 2014 JMT thru hike. I began 7/25/14 and finished 8/8/14. Missed the beginning? Read it here!*  Even though we camped within the Sequoia National Park section of the John Muir Trail, at 11,800 feet, we had no protection from the wind. Those giants lived a couple more miles down the

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*This post is from my 2014 JMT thru hike. I began 7/25/14 and finished 8/8/14. Missed the beginning? Read it here!*     Getting up to Arrowhead Lake last night was a nice start for our push up Glen Pass today. Being under 12,0000 feet (just barely at 11,926 ft) we think today’s climb will be

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*This post is from my 2014 JMT thru hike. I began 7/25/14 and finished 8/8/14. Missed the beginning? Read it here!*   My legs are folded, knees against my chest as I wake. My sleeping bag’s hood is cinched tight over my puffy’s hood. The sun is not yet up. I slowly unzip my tent and

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