Easterner looking for a fine introduction to the JMT
- Hello group,
I hope you may be able to help me. I am looking to get permits for a 30 mile or so section of the trail that would give us a fine first introduction to Yosemite/ the Sierras. I'm thinking a 4 day 3 night hike with some interesting side trips. What section would you want me not to miss? Thank you for your help,
- Thank you so much for you thoughtful e-mail. I shall be spending some time with maps today! Ted
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From: "dueno_delasierra" <bori4a@...>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 10:18:43 PM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: Easterner looking for a fine introduction to the JMT
Tuolumne Meadows (TM) to Reds Meadows (RM) would be a prime choice. You will be at about 8,500' right-off-the-bat but, you could always get used to the altitude by enjoying a day or two at the Tuolumne Lodge or the backpacker's camp before you go. Going south on Lyell Canyon will be enchanting. Several places to camp in the canyon but, a word to the wise, bear country there. Good camping discipline will be necessary. I would spend the night as high up from the canyon as possible. There is a nice camp site near a wooden bridge which crosses the Lyell Forks (app. 9.5 miles from TM / 9,650').
From the Lyell Forks bridge camp site, it is a nice hike to Donahue Pass where you will leave Yosemite and enter the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Beautiful scenery awaits. I would make my way to fabulous 1000 Island Lake (app. 9.5 miles from the last); one of Ansel Adams' favorite photo spots. Make your way to the designated camping spots off the JMT. Everyone should experience a night and a morning here. Wake up early and indulge in some serious Ansel Adams like photography potential. Again, good bear minded camping will go a long way.
From 1000 Island Lake, you may decide to take the Pacific Crest Trail to Agnew Meadows or, continue on the JMT toward Reds Meadows. I would choose the JMT route. It will be a little more labor intensive; for there will be some altitude gain-loss-gain-loss-gain-etc to deal with. Nevertheless, gorgeous Garnett Lake and the other series of lake dream spots await the inspired JMT hiker. The distance to RM from 1000 Island Lake is about 16-17 miles so, you will have to decide if you want to slug it out all the way to RM or if you want to stay somewhere in between. If you choose to stay another night, consider staying in the area of Gladys Lake; nice campsites there (app. 8 miles from 1000 Island). Although, there are several other good spots to consider.
Your last day on the JMT will be easy from Gladys Lake. All downhill on a dusty trail from about 9,575' to the Reds Meadow resort area (7,400')(app. 8 miles). Once at RM, consider visiting The Devil's Postpiles and the Rainbow Falls; a "must" for the JMT hiker to visit. From Agnew or Reds, a bus can take you to the Mammoth resort area for a well deserved hot dinner and a nice hotel room or, you may choose to stay at one of RM's cool cabins.
Sorry I went off to long on this. I get carried away when it comes to my beloved Sierra Nevada. Happy trails to you on the JMT!!
Preferred Reference Book: John Muir Trail by Elizabeth Wenk (Wilderness Press)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org , "johnsoncanedy" <johnsoncanedy@...> wrote:
> Hello group,
> I hope you may be able to help me. I am looking to get permits for a 30 mile or so section of the trail that would give us a fine first introduction to Yosemite/ the Sierras. I'm thinking a 4 day 3 night hike with some interesting side trips. What section would you want me not to miss? Thank you for your help,
> Ted Johnson
> Walpole, NH