May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Backpacking the John Muir Trail

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides
2 $3,245 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: Hiking through the heart of the Sierra, you'll negotiate passes above 10,000 feet and finish the 23-day, 212-mile hike with a climb of 14,495-foot Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48.

When to go: July to August

Difficulty: Strenuous

Travel advisory: Count on carrying one-third to one-fourth your body weight. A fit 180-pounder will tote about 50 pounds to start, with loads dwindling to 25-30 pounds as food and fuel are consumed between supply drops.

High/low points:

  • Savoring homemade apple pie at Vermilion Valley Resort, the one oasis of comfort on the route.
  • Bears. Some trip campsites have become their picnic grounds.

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