My plans for the JMT are really coming together! I have most of my gear I will be carrying and I have created my itinerary. Before I applied for my permit I planned out a very rough estimate of how many miles I would hike per day based on my research of the trail. After securing my permit, I began really getting into planning out my hike.
Before I share my itinerary I want to note a few things:
My itinerary can and most definitely will change between now and when I finish hiking the trail. Depending on my energy level, “wow factors” on the trail, weather, etc. I may change my mileage per day, camping locations, or total hiking days.
This itinerary is online as a resource for other hikers, but please take into consideration your ability and needs before using it as a resource to create your own itinerary. You may use my itinerary as a jumping off point, but do research as much as you can to ensure a more successful hike.
How I created my itinerary:
I used the following resources to create a full itinerary-
- John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide by Elizabeth Wenk and Kathy Morey
- JMT Tom Harrison topographic maps
- Ray Rippel’s JMT book (digital download for $7)
- Guthook’s JMT Trail Guide App (keep an eye out for a review of the newest version post hike!)
- John Muir Trail Yahoo page
- Blogs, trail journals, and facebook groups. Learning about the trail from other hikers is so helpful!
I was struggling with beginning my itinerary because I had no idea how I should begin the hike. I was worried about the altitude because I live in New England, but then I didn’t want to have really long days for the second half of the hike. It took a lot of thought, but I settled on a plan. I am flying out a week beforehand with my fiancé, Keith and I am planning on doing a couple hikes with him which will also help me acclimate. With the amount of resupply options available for the first half, I knew I have to take advantage of them so I could hike light. This allowed for more mileage in the beginning.
I have some lower mileage days for the harder sections or to allow for a late morning start. Like I mentioned before, I most likely will be deviating from my plans at some point.
I decided I would camp right before a mountain pass whenever possible. I am a morning person and this way I can get the hard work out of the way in the morning and also avoid being on a pass during a possible afternoon storm. I will be avoiding meadows and sleeping too close to lakes to help with overnight temps and bugs, but there are a couple days where I intentionally put myself near a gorgeous lake to be at camp.
Allison’s 16 Day JMT Itinerary (I will be adding the elevation notes in the next couple weeks)
Link to my spreadsheet
|Day||Starting||Ending||Daily Mileage||Total Mileage||Ascent||Descent||Total Ascent||campsite elevation||Notes|
|1 (7/25/14)||Happy Isles||Past Sunrise High Sierra camp- mile 15||15||15||9647 feet|
|2||Sunrise Lake||Camp aroundLyel Fork- mile 32.4||17.4||32.4||Toulumne Meadows Resupply|
|3||Lyel Fork||Rosalie Lake- Mile 50.7||18.3||50.7|
|4||Rosalie Lake||Deer Creek||14.3||65||Resupply, shower, lunch at Reds Meadows|
|5||Deer Creek||Camp near Squaw Lake||14.9||79.9|
|6||Squaw Lake||Bear Creek||17.8||97.7||Silver Pass in AM, 2k gain in 2 miles going to bear ridge|
|7||Bear Creek||Camp a mile past MTR||11||108.7||Selden Pass in AM, Muir Trail Ranch Resupply|
|8||Tentsite past MTR||Evolution Lake||11||119.7||Muir Pass in AM|
|9||Evolution Lake||Big Pete Meadow||14.9||134.6|
|10||Big Pete Meadow||Palisade Creek||10.9||145.5||Lots of uphill ending with Golden Staircase|
|11||Palisade Creek||Twin Lakes||16||161.5||Mather Pass in AM, Pinchot Pass in afternoon|
|12||Twin Lakes||Rae Lakes||14||175.5|
|13||Rae Lakes||Tentsite just past fire prohibited sign||10.8||186.3||Slow morning at Rae Lakes. Glen Pass in AM- Bear Box near tentsite|
|14||Tentsite at mile 186.3||Guitar Lake||15||198.2||Forester Pass|
|15||Guitar Lake||Mt Whitney||10||208.2||Sleep near or on Mt. Whitney to see the sunrise from the summit.|
|16||Mt Whitney||Whitney Portal||12.7||218.5||Grab a burger! 🙂|
Last modified: November 28, 2014