I’m turning 60 in July! I’m going on a 4-5 day backpacking hike on The John Muir Trail, from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows or vice versa. A few friends have signed up and I hope you’ll consider it too. If so, drop me an email at elvispresley @ gmail.com. We’ll head out on Monday July 15th.
I’ll update this page as the plan develops. Until then, here are some basics and a few links for more on this piece of the trail.
A strenuous 2-4 day backcountry trip full of meadows, mountains, and waterfalls.
Many hikers chose to hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley starting at Tenaya lake, but this hike offers a slight different perspective, and allows you to stop at the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp as well. The hike is 28 miles each way and can be completed in 2 days each way with an overnight stop at Merced Lake, or can be stretched to as many as 4 days with extra nights at Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Little Yosemite Valley (with an optional trip to Half Dome).
The first day you will gain about 2000 feet of elevation before losing 5000 more, and hiking almost 15 miles on granite can become quite hard on your feet, so wear good hiking boots. You will pass several rivers, lakes, mountains and 2 of the park’s best waterfalls on this backcountry trek, and it is a great way to escape the crowds to see all the Yosemite National Park has to offer.
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