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John Muir Trail (JMT) - CALIFORNIA
Yosemite to Tuolumne Meadows

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. From the northern terminus at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley (37.7317°N 119.5587°W) and the southern terminus located on the summit of Mount Whitney (36.5785°N 118.292°W), the Trail's official length is 210.4 miles (338.6 km). For almost all of its length, the trail is in the High Sierra backcountry and wilderness areas. For about 160 miles (260 km), the trail, named for naturalist John Muir, follows the same footpath as the longer Pacific Crest Trail.The vast majority of the trail is situated within designated wilderness. The trail passes through large swaths of alpine and high mountain scenery, and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet About 35% of the trail, including the entirety of the last 30 miles (48 km), lie above 10,000 feet (3,000 m). "America's most famous trail"; known for its relative solitude, the trail sees about 1,500 thru-hiking attempts each year (including Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers).


Day 1 - Began in Tuolomne Meadows at 0830 hrs. Hike 9 miles, passed beautiful pnds and hiked along Lyell Cnyn. The temp was about 70-75. There was a lot of water. Saw deer, no bears so far. The trail was busy with most hikers going north. We were exhausted by 4 pm. Camped 2 miles before Donahue Pass near the big log at Stock Camp. Made the perfect fire ring and had FD Lasagna! It was yummy. My favorite was the surprise Jack and Coke that Brian brought with him. CHEERS!

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Day 2 - We started our hike this morning just north of Donahue Pass before the beginning of the switchbacks, which means we are traveling south from Yosemite to Reds Meadow. Donahue is a killer hike all up hill at over 10k feet.We began a little late, around 9 am. Our plastic bag was mauled by a bear and the sunscreen inside of it was punctured. Nothing was eaten and the bear canister survived. It was 37 degrees w/frost all over the meadows! Words cannot describe how pristine and beautiful the scenery is. Lyell Glacier is a rare sight and it feeds the rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. We reached a pristine glacier blue lake and Brian jumped in it! We met several people from all over the wold; UK, New Zealand, New Hampshire, Boston, etc. Hiked until 7 pm and found a camp spot near the Davis Lakes trail sign. Tomorrow we push on further south. Trying to keep the wild animals away from our Jack and Coke!
 
Day 3 - We started hiking around 9 am again. Nothing was disturbed last night by animals and the other campers near us left around 6 am. Our destination today is Garnet Lake. We passed Thousand Island Lake, which is breathtaking and the water is so blue. We found a secret spot to camp that was perfect for the night, although it did get breezy last night and there wasn't much coverage. Brian and I thought we were the only ones at the lake. More Jack and Coke. A lone female hiker was looking for a camp site and I invited her to stay at the one below us - she was gone early the next morning.
 

Day 4 - First I would like to say how strange it is to see that someone is missing while your in the Sierras or any wilderness. My heart broke when I saw this poster of Matthew Greene missing. I'm going to link to his "missing Matthew Greene FB" page in case anyone out there knows of ANYTHING on his whereabouts. God Bless him.

We started our hike on from Garnet Lake and we had planned on hiking only 5-6 miles and camping for one more night. We didn't realize how close we were to Reds Meadow, only 10-11 miles-ha! Thanks to the Kiwi we met, he told me that we didn't have long to go. Although we barely got any sleep last night due to some very strong winds, we were ready to get to Reds and were pretty motivated since we had only a limited amount of water. The lakes in the Mammoth region were very dry and we didn't want to pump water from the ponds. We hauled butt and practically ran through the forest and took photos here and there. We went through Devil's Postpile and got to the Reds Store right before closing. I bought my favorite ice cream! This was a fantastic hike! Westin Hotel in Mammoth hit the spot for our aches and pains.

 
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