The John Muir Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world and this section through “postcard country” is considered one of the most beautiful of all. We’ll travel past Thousand Island Lake, below the glaciated peaks of Mts Ritter, Banner, and Lyell, and into Yosemite National Park via the 11,000’ Donahue Pass. You’ll just carry your water and camera each day while the mules carry all the gear!
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- 1st night’s campground at Tuolumne Meadows
- 3 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)
- All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.
- Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents
- Day 2 private shuttle from meeting location to starting trailhead
- Starting with Dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast & trail snacks on Day 5
- Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
- Hot tea or coffee served each morning
A Few More Notes
Travel & Logistics
Your trip begins and ends at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. Plan to arrive at the campground by 5 pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. You are responsible for your own transportation to the meeting point; we recommend driving your own vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1. You can then leave your car at Lembert Dome parking lot for the duration of the trip. We will return to Tuolumne Meadows on the last day between 12-1 pm.
About the packstock
Mules will be carrying all of our equipment and your personal gear each day. We won’t be hiking with the mules and perhaps not even camping with them depending on the day. You will need to pack your personal belongings (not including tent, sleeping bag & pad) efficiently into one mid-sized compression sack or duffel as outlined in our pre-trip materials, weighing no more than 15 pounds. You are welcome to pack anything extra in your daypack.
Training & Preparation
To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a thorough training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:
- Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
- Core and leg strength (don’t forget those abs and quads)!
- Day hikes (10-12 miles) or short overnight trips to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backcountry travel
- Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
- Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible
What's not included
- Personal clothing & footwear
- Dinner on the first night in Fresno
- Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides and 3% for packers
- Trip Insurance
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