John Muir Trail

July 27 – August 8, 2015

jmt08-4An epic, 13-day, 212-mile adventure from Tuolumne Meadows through the Sierra Mountains to Mt Whitney in which Carlos and I encountered countless ice-cold streams and creeks, dozens of crystal clear alpine lakes, rushing waterfalls, high mountain passes, wooded valleys, expansive meadows, rugged lunar landscapes, a menagerie of Sierra wildlife, warm days, cold nights, blue skies, grey clouds, wildfire smoke, driving rain, battering hail, threatening lightning, whirling snowfall, incredible vistas, a serene sunrise from the tallest peak in the lower 48, and incredible memories to last a lifetime.

Total distance: 213.28 mi
Max elevation: 14485 ft
Min elevation: 7664 ft
Total climbing: 46791 ft

JMT Gear List


Daily Trail Journals

Day 1: Tuolumne Meadows to Alger Lakes, 10.6 miles 0 – 10.6 (modified start, not on official JMT)
Day 2: Alger Lakes to Garnet Lake, 15.9 miles 10.6 – 26.5
Day 3: Garnet Lake to Minaret Creek, 11.2 miles 26.5 – 37.7
Day 4: Minaret Creek to Duck Creek, resupply at Red’s Meadow, 14.9 miles 37.7 – 52.6
Day 5: Duck Creek to North Fork Mono Creek, 16.2 miles 52.6 – 68.8
Day 6: North Fork Mono Creek to Sallie Keyes Lakes, 18.6 miles 68.8 – 87.4
Day 7: Sallie Keyes Lakes to Colby Meadow, resupply at MTR, 19.2 miles 87.4 – 106.6
Day 8: Colby Meadow to Le Conte Ranger Station, 18.8 miles 106.6 – 125.4
Day 9: Le Conte Ranger Station to South of Upper Basin, 20.1 miles 125.4 – 145.5
Day 10: South of Upper Basin to Rae Lakes, 18.8 miles 145.5 – 164.3
Day 11: Rae Lakes to South of Forester Pass, 17.2 miles 164.3 – 181.5
Day 12: South of Forester Pass to .5 mile past Guitar Lake, 15.6 miles 181.5 – 197.1
Day 13: .5 mile past Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal, 14.8 miles, 197.1- 211.9


Pete and Carlos Hike the JMT 2015
13 days in the range of light

Watch the 50 minute movie documenting our trip via pictures, videos, and gps visualization!


Our route, by the numbers

3
national parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia)

4
national wilderness areas (Yosemite, Ansel Adams, John Muir, Sequoia-Kings Canyon)

12
mountain passes crossed

13
total number of days

16.2
average daily miles hiked

212
total miles hiked

42,400′
total elevation gain

3,916
rough equivalent number of building floors climbed, total

3,260′
average daily elevation gain

301
rough equivalent number of building floors climbed, daily average

5,181′
largest elevation gain in a single day

43,600′
total elevation loss

3,100′
average daily elevation loss (not including the hike down from Mt Whitney)

14,500′
highest elevation, Mt Whitney

2
happy thru-hikers

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carlos and pete on top of glen pass

Start reading the trail journals
Day 1, Tuolumne Meadows to Alger Lakes ⇾