Our 2007 southbound thru-hike of the John Muir Trail (JMT) in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range. The JMT spans the largest roadless area and covers some of the most stunning country in John Muir's "Range of Light". We followed the classic route, starting from the Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley and walking to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental U.S. We had a mini-resupply waiting at Tuolumne Meadows and stopped in to Red's Meadow Resort near Mammoth for a snack. Our main re-supply point was Muir Trail Ranch, near the mid-point of our hike. We spent 20 days on-trail, and then a final night in the campground at Whitney Portal before heading home. This was our first trip requiring re-supply, and the most consecutive nights spent outdoors for either of us at that time. Despite some challenging weather mid-trip, it cemented our love of long distance backpacking and point-to-point foot travel. Completing this hike set the stage for many of our subsequent long trips in the Sierras and further afield.
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA
~222 miles, on trail (211 on JMT + 11 to Whitney Portal)