John Muir Trail (JMT) is one of the world's most spectacular treks and is North
America's best known mid-distance walking trail. It runs for 216 miles through
the high Sierra Nevada mountains of California, from Yosemite Valley (El
Capitan and Half-Dome) to the summit of Mount Whitney (14,496ft), the highest
peak in the US outside Alaska. The route is described in twenty-one-day stages.
All you need to know to plan and prepare for your trip is contained within this
guide, from obtaining trekking permits to buying trek food and forwarding food
caches along the trail. Abundant advice is given on such topics as dealing with
inquisitive bears, coping with altitude, negotiating river crossings, as well
as tips on booking transport to and from the trailheads and on what equipment
to take. In addition, there is a detailed description of the flora and fauna of
this remarkable region. The walking trail, which is named after the great
19th-century Scottish naturalist, and writer John Muir, is entirely through the
wilderness of the American West. It runs through three National Parks:
Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.