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This comprehensive guide provides in-depth coverage of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the Mexican border to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Plan day hikes, weekend backpacks, or an extended thru-hike adventure with this indispensable resource.Our PCT gurus supply maps, photos, resupply access routes, side trips, and updated trail data. Learn about rocks, plants, animals, and human history along the trail. Plan for, trouble-shoot, and enjoy your PCT adventure with this authoritative guide. Over 200 maps included. Winner of the Classic Award in the 2008 National Outdoor Book Awards.
The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. From the northern terminus at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley ( ) and the southern terminus located on the summit of Mount Whitney ( ), the Trail’s official length is 210.4 miles (338.6 km), with an elevation gain of approximately 47,000 feet (14,000 m). For almost all of its length, the trail is in the High Sierra backcountry and wilderness areas. For about 160 miles (260 km), the trail, named for naturalist John Muir, follows the same footpath as the longer Pacific Crest Trail.
The vast majority of the trail is situated within designated wilderness. The trail passes through large swaths of alpine and high mountain scenery, and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation. About 35% of the trail, including the entirety of the last 30 miles (48 km), lie above 10,000 feet (3,000 m). The trail has been described as “America’s most famous trail”; known for its relative solitude, the trail sees about 1,500 thru-hiking attempts each year (including Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers), many fewer than the number of attempts on comparable walks such as the southern portion of Appalachian Trail or the Way of St. James.
Source: John Muir Trail – Wikipedia
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Explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map. Loaded with helpful information on camping, hiking, lodging, transportation, regulations, and safety, this map is an invaluable tool for casual park visitors and avid adventurers alike. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies, the map features key areas of interest including Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Detail of the popular Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley are provided in inset maps.
With almost 800 miles of mapped trails, the Yosemite National Park map can guide you off the beaten path and back again. The clearly marked trails include mileages between intersections. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. Some of the many recreation features include: campgrounds, trailheads, tram tours, ski areas, river access, scenic overlooks, scenic byways, and interpretive trails.
Every Trails Illustrated map is printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.
Other features found on this map include: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Range, El Capitan, Emigrant Wilderness, Excelsior Mountain, Hoover Wilderness, Illilouette Falls, Inyo National Forest, Lake Eleanor, Lower Yosemite Fall, Matterhorn Peak, Mount Dana, Mount Lyell, Mount Ritter, Nevada Fall, Ribbon Fall, Ritter Range, Sierra National Forest, Silver Strand Falls, Stanislaus National Forest, Tioga Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, Upper Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley.
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Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Go fishing in Yosemite Valley; canoeing and kayaking in Mammoth Lakes, or horseback riding in King’s Canyon; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and begin your journey now!
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Free wilderness permits are required year-round for any overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. Permits are not required for day hikes (except if hiking to Half Dome). (If your backpacking itinerary reasonably includes Half Dome and you want to include Half Dome on your trip, be sure to request Half Dome permits on your wilderness permit application. This year, there is a $8/person charge.)
Wilderness permits are only issued to a limited number people for each trailhead in order to provide outstanding opportunities for solitude, as required by the Wilderness Act. Since many trails are very popular, reservations are recommended ($5 per confirmed reservation plus $5 per person). Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 60 percent can be reserved ahead of time while the remaining 40 percent is available on a first-come, first-served basis no earlier than 11 am the day before your hike begins as long as permits are available.
If your starting trailhead is outside Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency that manages that trailhead. Common examples:
- Twin Lakes (Robinson Creek): Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- Virginia Lakes: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
- Chiquito Pass: Sierra National Forest
- Quartz Mountain: Sierra National Forest
- Lake Eleanor: Stanislaus National Forest
- Cherry Lake: Stanislaus National Forest
- Saddlebag Lake: Inyo National Forest
Still have questions? You can call us at 209/372-0826 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm). This phone line is only staffed with wilderness rangers during summer. For wilderness permit reservations, call 209/372-0740.
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We offer trekking and backpacking trips on our home turf in California, as well as in the Swiss and Italian Alps. Since the days of John Muir’s ramblings through Yosemite and the “range of light”, California’s Sierra Nevada has provided some of the world’s premier trekking and backpacking. Come join us on a spectacular wilderness hike and let us show you some of the special places we know.
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