The John Muir Trail


“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in”
-John Muir

The John Muir Trail

I saw some photos on Facebook from a few friends who just hiked the John Muir Trail which they called the Yosemite to Reds Meadow section.

I asked if I could post the photos and then I set out to Google a little bit about it for you hikers out there.

The John Muir Trail is one of the premier hiking trails in the United States. The trail starts in Yosemite National Park, and continues 215 miles through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, and ends at the highest peak in continental United States,  Mount Whitney at 14,496 ft.

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Construction of the trail began in 1915 after the passing of its namesake Sierra Club founder and conservationist John Muir.

Judging by the photos I saw, I can see why it is a popular place and a must do if you are an avid hiker.

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The best time to hike is July through September and it requires some planning on what to take for the duration of your trip, plus don’t forget you need a permit.  The trail does not cross any roads but there are several resupply points near the trail.

Find out more here:

I am not a hiker but the photos make me want to become one. I am a more of a beach girl but for a week or two I would love to be out in the wilderness like that.  It seems to be so peaceful and a way to cleanse your soul.

Check out the John Muir Trail and see if it is something you would like to do.

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I will leave you with a few quotes from John Muir himself:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”


Photos: Courtesy of Mary Beth Miller

Story: Debbie Colwell


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