John Muir Trail

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Sep 13, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019

John Muir Trail (Southbound)

18 days in late September from Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal

9/13 - 9/30

Passes crossed in order: Cathedral, Donohue, Island, Silver, Selden, Muir, Mather, Pinchot, Glen, Forester, Trail Crest.

Highest Pass: Trail Crest (13670 ft)

Camped with hammock / tarp. Most nights were chilly in the 30s - used foam pad and ultralight airpad for insulation. Usually slept in thermals and all layers, including down jacket. On last 2 nights where temps dropped below 20, used SOL blanket for extra bottom insulation + hand warmers in socks and hot water nalgene. Tent & winter airpad would have been nice.

Fun facts

2 resupply points - VRR and Parchers Resort

1 zero day at VRR

3 showers - Red's Meadow, VRR, Parchers

24 mile round trip off trail to Parchers Resort, over Bishop Pass

2 beds - VRR, Parchers

2 nights under 20 degress (lowest: 18)

2 nights with snowfall

0 rain days

0 bear sightings

DifficultyClass 1
Distance244 miles
Highest ElevationMt Whitney (14505 ft)
JurisdictionYosemite, Ansel Adams, John Muir, Kings Canyon, Sequoia
TrailheadGlacier Point, Yosemite