The ranger at Evolution Meadow turned us back. We don’t have ice axes, we don’t have hiking poles, we don’t even have sunglasses.
— JMT section hikers from MN, aborting this year's section and heading home

LOCATION

John Muir Wilderness & Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, CA, USA

MILEAGE

219 miles (some off-trail, & many over snow)

TOTAL CLIMB (& Descent): ~33,750' 

DAYS: 10    SEASON: Mid-JULY 

STARTING & ENDING TRAILHEAD

Piute Pass (North Lake)

 

Map: Tom Harrison Mono Divide High Country Map & Kings Canyon High Country Trail Map
GuideBooks: The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails by RJ Secor, Sierra South by Kathy Morey & Mike White from Wilderness Press

 

Day 1 North Lake Trailhead 9284' (1.8 mi, 709' climb, 240' descent)

Day 2 Wilderness Boundary 9753' (9.4 mi, 3808' Climb, 2320' Descent) 

Day 3 Lower Desolation Lake-Frozen 11,241' (15.5 Mi, 3540' Climb, 3818' Descent)

Day 4 Elba Lake 10,963' (13.7 Mi, 1958' Climb, 3636' Descent)

Day 5 Piute Creek 9285' (18.8 Mi | 6600' Climb, 6019' Descent)

Day 6 McGee Canyon 9866' + Muir Pass Dayhike (16.9 Mi, 5392' Climb, 4242' Descent)

Day 7 Sapphire Lake-Frozen 11,016' + Darwin Canyon Dayhike (14.3 Mi, 3722' Climb, 5360' Descent)

Day 8 Evolution Valley 9378' (18.7 Mi, 6682' Climb, 4830' Descent)

Day 9 Tomahawk Lake 11,230' (7.1 Mi, 1194' Climb, 1588' Descent)

Day 10 Loch Leven 10,836' (2.9 Mi, 191' Climb, 1657' Descent)