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John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

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Moderate
Trip Length
5 days
Group Size
up to 12 guests
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John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

$2095

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Follow the John Muir Trail along the famed "Postcard Country"
Reach the top of Donahue Pass (11,066')
Enjoy the serenity of Tuolumne's Lyell Canyon

The John Muir Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world and this section through “postcard country” is considered one of the most beautiful of all. We’ll travel past Thousand Island Lake, below the glaciated peaks of Mts Ritter, Banner, and Lyell, and into Yosemite National Park via the 11,000’ Donahue Pass. You’ll just carry your water and camera each day while the mules carry all the gear!

2020 Trip Dates

July 14 - 18, 2020
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August 4 - 8, 2020
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2021 Trip Dates

July 20 - 24, 2021
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August 3 - 7, 2021
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$2,095 per person

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Trip Itinerary

John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows Itinerary - Day 1  - Meet Your Guides in Tuolumne Meadows

Meet at the Tuolumne Campground (8580’) at 5pm for orientation and gear check (please arrive no earlier than 4:30pm. Site numbers are issued upon check-in. The guides will post a sign with your name and site number on the entrance kiosk booth). After a short trip orientation, your guides will prepare a hearty dinner and campfire.

John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows Itinerary - Day 2 - Hike to Clark Lakes

After breakfast we’ll move our vehicles from the campground to long-term parking (across the street) and will hand off our gear to the muleskinners. We’ll take our own private shuttle to the trailhead via the improbable Tioga Pass Road. We’ll begin our hike mid-morning from Agnew Meadows into the John Muir Wilderness and our camp at the beautiful Clark Lakes.

7 miles, Elevation: +2142'/ -696'

John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows Itinerary - Day 3 - Explore Thousand Island Lake on the John Muir Trail

This morning we’ll quickly connect with the JMT at the aptly named and wildly scenic Thousand Island Lake. We then continue on to the Marie Lakes area through some of the most picturesque sub-alpine Muir Trail country in the shadow of Mt Banner (12,936) and the Kuna Crest (12,000+’).

7 miles, Elevation +1601'/ -1207'

John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows Itinerary - Day 4 - Climb Donahue Pass

This morning’s objective is Donahue Pass, which marks the entrance to Yosemite. We’ll then travel under the Lyell Glacier, dropping several thousand feet into picturesque Lyell Canyon. We’ll make our final night’s camp alongside the meandering Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River beneath the Kuna Crest.

10 miles, Elevation: +1289/ -2500'

John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows Itinerary - Day 5 - Hike out along Lyell Canyon, exit Tuolumne Meadows

After packing up camp one final time, we’ll out to the granite-dome filled Tuolumne Meadows through Lyell Canyon 8 miles. We’ll meet the mule team to pick up our gear in time for you to grab lunch at the Tuolumne Grill, Tioga Pass Resort, or the Whoa Nelly Deli.

8 miles, Elevation: +322/-633'

What's Included

Accommodations

  • 1st night's campground at Tuolumne Meadows 
  • 6 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)

Gear

  • All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.
  • Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents

Food

  • Starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
  • Hot tea or coffee served each morning

A Few More Notes

Travel & Logistics

Your trip begins and ends at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. You are responsible for your own transportation to the meeting point. We recommend driving your own vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1. Plan to arrive at the campground by 5pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. If you're driving to Tuolumne Meadows, you can leave your car at Lembert Dome parking lot for the duration of your trip. We will return to Tuolumne Meadows on the last day between 12-1pm.

About the Packstock

Mules will be carrying all of our equipment and your personal gear each day. We won't be hiking with the mules and perhaps not even camping with them depending on the day. You will need to pack your personal belongings (not including tent, sleeping bag & pad) efficiently into one mid-sized compression sack or duffel as outlined in our pre-trip materials, weighing no more than 15 pounds. You are welcome to pack anything extra in your daypack.

Training & Preparation

To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a thorough training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:

  • Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
  • Core and leg strength (don't forget those abs and quads)!
  • Day hikes (10-12 miles) or short overnight trips to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backcountry travel
  • Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
  • Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible

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What's Not Included
  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Fresno
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides and 3% for packers
  • Trip Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Evacuations

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