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

John Muir Trail

Lake Virginia in the John Muir Wilderness of Sierra National Forest. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments and additional photos are here.   Day 10: Tuesday, July 28 Purple Lake to Fords Creek - 11 miles One of the best parts about backpacking is the freedom to choose where to pitch a tent.  Jennie and I have always been picky...
Gladys Lake offers a scenic respite just south of Rosalie Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Inyo National Forest.
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015.    Day 7: Saturday, July 25 Rosalie Lake 0 miles It was headlamps off in the tent at 9 p.m. the previous night, and we didn’t stir again until 9 a.m. Our bodies obviously needed the rest and repair after six consecutive days of hiking an...
On top of Donohue Pass is where southbound hikers on the John Muir Trail exit Yosemite National Park and enter the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Inyo National Forest. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Other installments may be read here.   Day 5 / 10 miles  Lyell Canyon (elevation 8,900 feet) to Rush Creek Junction (elevation 9,670) via Donohue Pass (elevation 11,073 feet) The first item of business everyday upon waking is to get the weather...
Backpackers navigate the John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail on a stormy day in Yosemite National Park’s Lyell Canyon.  (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail from July 19 to August 13, 2015. Previous installments may be found here.   Along the [Tuolumne] river a series of beautiful glacier-meadows extend with but little interruption, from the lower end of the Valley to its head, a distance of about twelve miles, forming charming sauntering-grounds from which the...
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...

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