The John Muir Trail

Yosemite, California

The John Muir Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The trail climbs gently on an eroded asphalt path through black oak and ponderosa pine forest among enormous lichen-draped boulders. In about a half mile, across the thundering Merced on your right, watch for 370-foot Illilouette Fall tucked back in its deeply cut gorge in the Panorama Cliff. The trail now steepens briefly, then suddenly descends to the Vernal Fall Bridge at 0.8 mile. Upstream, Vernal Fall is perfectly framed by maple, alder, and various conifers as it drops 317 feet over the lower step of the Giant Staircase."

The John Muir Trail Reviews

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8/7/2009
Even though you are always climbing, from 10,800 to 11,500 feet, it is a easy hike. The trail is easy to follow and the scenery is beautiful as you pass by several lakes. As you reach the third lake you are hiking above the snow level and the air is getting thin. Even though you hike through some forrest you are out in the sun 50% of the time so sun screen is important. A hike well worth taking.
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
34.3
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 to 6 days
Duration
Summer through early fall
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome, Koip Peak, Merced Peak, Tenaya Lake, and Vogelsang Peak quads
Local Maps
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Jun 2018