About the John Muir Hiking Trail
The John Muir thru-hike is considered to be one of the (if not the) most beautiful long-distance mountainous trails in the United States. It takes you through the Sierra Nevada mountain range, starting at the Northern terminus at Happy Isles and ending at the Southern terminus at Mount Whitney summit – the highest mountain in the United States. It shares the same route as the Pacific Crest Trail for about 160 miles and crosses several Wildernesses and National parks. The John Muir Trail offers some of the most amazing scenery in the United States, including white water rivers, crystal-clear lagoons, rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and thick pine tree forests.
Statistics About the John Muir Trail
- Start point: Happy Isles Trailhead, California
- End point: Whitney Portal, California
- Total distance: 210 miles / 338 km
- Total altitude gain/loss: 46 000 ft / 14 021 m
- Highest point: 14 505 ft / 4421 m (Mount Whitney)
- Countries crossed: United States
- States Crossed: California
- National Parks crossed: Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park
- Time to finish: Usually 2-3 weeks
- Record finish time: 3 days
- Best time to hike: June- September
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