John Muir Trail Whitney Portal to Onion Valley

Lone Pine, California

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Without a doubt, you will see some of the most impressive High Sierra scenery around on this stretch of the 200-plus-mile John Muir Trail (JMT). Access from the east side is via the very popular 8.4-mile Mt. Whitney Trail from Whitney Portal, with wilderness permits at a premium (see Trip 95, page 327). Those fortunate enough to score a permit have the opportunity to scale Mt. Whitney along the way and continue their journey along the JMT, exiting at Onion Valley via the Kearsarge Pass Trail.

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"Without a doubt, you will see some of the most impressive High Sierra scenery around on this stretch of the 200-plus-mile John Muir Trail (JMT). Access from the east side is via the very popular 8.4-mile Mt. Whitney Trail from Whitney Portal, with wilderness permits at a premium (see Trip 95, page 327). Those fortunate enough to score a permit have the opportunity to scale Mt. Whitney along the way and continue their journey along the JMT, exiting at Onion Valley via the Kearsarge Pass Trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Distance: 44.5
Elevation Gain: 15,250 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4–7 days
Season: Mid- or late July to early
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Local Maps: USGS’s Mount Whitney, Mt. Kaweah, Mt. Brewer, Mt. Williamson, Mt. Clarence King, and Kearsarge Peak

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