John Muir Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Distance17.3mi
Elevation Gain6,280ft
Trailhead Elevation8,720ft
Top11,075ft
Elevation Min/Max8720/11075ft
Elevation Start/End8720/8720ft

John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Mono County, Madera County, and Tuolumne County, California. It is within Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. It is 17.3 miles long and begins at 8,720 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,280 feet. The Donohue Pass and Island Pass saddles can be seen along the trail. There are also meadows along the trail. This trail connects with the following: John Muir Trail and Rush Creek Trail.

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10/13/2018
Did this as a long day hike to Donahue pass. Started 2 hours before sunrise down Lyell Canyon. Followed bear tracks the entire way. Got to the base of the pass right after sunrise and all the campsites were abuzz with the visit of a bear. This is where Yosemite Rangers put problem bears so keep that in mind if camping. From there on the trail just got better and better. It is a long hike but much of it is flat. I recommend that you keep going to Thousand Island Lake and hang a right past Lake Ediza and camp at Iceberg Lake. You will never have a better view of the Minarets. Some maps have the trail continuing up past Cecil Lake and down to Devils post pile. The trail is there but a better way is to swing right at the ridge and go down the scree. Top 10 trip!
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Trail Information

Yosemite National Park
Nearby City
Ansel Adams Wilderness
Parks

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Nov 2018