Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Hiking

The Tuolumne Meadows backpackers’ campground in Yosemite National Park that was filled to overflowing during a multi-day rainstorm in July. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  The first three days of this mother-and-daughter journey took place in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, but this will be written about in a separate installment as it is not part of the John Muir Trail. In this series about the JMT, it begins where we first set foot on the trail, at Tuolumne Meadows. Also not included in the JMT description are the 20 (southbound) miles from Yosemite Valley to...
Steel bridge across the Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin, Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
Day 3  Mileage: 25  Elevation: 7,800 ft.  
(Not the JMT yet.)
  A 26-day mother-and-daughter backpacking trip along the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park and onto the John Muir Trail to its terminus on top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park provided much in the way of scenery. But it wasn’t all pretty peaks, meandering meadows, lovely lakes, rocks, flowers, and trees.  Here are some manmade structures that added scenic...
Mile 35: It was a wet entry onto the John Muir Trail where we merged with it at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  You know all those things you’ve always want to do in your life? Do them. Years of week-long backpacking trips kindled a desire for a longer outing. I wanted to live outside for an extended period of time, walk more miles, be at the mercy of nature, and be dependent only on my own two feet, physical endurance, and mental strength. That wish came true this summer when my daughter, Jennie, age 26...
The food dehydrator works nonstop during backpacking season to remove all water content (and weight) from fruits and vegetables. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  A MONTH ON THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL   The Permit Process Back in February, exactly 168 days before my daughter’s and my planned departure on the 211-mile John Muir Trail, I was wandering through the aisles of Visalia’s Office Depot, waiting for an employee to fax my wilderness permit application, but Yosemite National Park’s fax line was a constant busy. I circumnavigated the store the opposite...
The façade of the Strentzel/Muir mansion in Martinez, Calif. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  In a week, my daughter, Jennie, and I will embark on a long-awaited journey. We will spend a month backpacking in the High Sierra on the John Muir Trail. With a few layover days that will allow for some side trips, our total trip mileage should be about 250 miles. As our departure date looms, I am excited and nervous.  Excited because of what I know awaits us out there. Sunrises and alpenglow...
Muir Rock at Road's End in Kings Canyon National Park is where where John Muir took members of the Sierra Club and other visitors when they visited Kings Canyon. It is reported that he gave many talks from this beautiful flat rock.
  THE PERMIT PROCESS The John Muir Trail is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the High Sierra. And it seems that everybody knows it. Hiking the John Muir Trail requires permission via a special wilderness permit. These permits are limited to help better manage the sensitive ecosystem and increase everyone’s hiking experience.  A different permit, and permit process, is required...
John Muir is known as the Father of the National Parks. This bronze is in the visitor center at the John Muir Historic Site in Martinez, Calif.
  HIKING THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL... MOSTLY   John Muir’s legacy As mentioned previously, we will be opting out of the first 24 miles of the JMT in order to begin our north-to-south adventure in a less crowded part of Yosemite National Park. Our trailhead will be north of Yosemite Valley at the White Wolf Campground. Our first day will consist of a 10-mile, 4,000-foot descent into the Grand Canyon of...
A portion of an exhibit of wood sculptures in Lemon Cove, Calif., with the focal point being a bust of John Muir.
  PLANS UNDERWAY FOR A SIERRA SUMMER ADVENTURE Last September at our 90-year-old cabin in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, I was enjoying my birthday weekend with friends. One evening, husband John pulled out his laptop and announced we would be having a movie night. Shock! Through all my life at that cabin, there have never been any electronics except for my grandparents’ radio....

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