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