The other day I watched a documentary on Netflix about a group of friends who hiked the John Muir Trail. Before I watched this, I had never heard of this trail, but now I am set on one day doing this.
There are 211 miles on the John Muir Trail. There are mountains, snow, lakes, and more for you to see. It is said to be an extremely beautiful hike, and from the documentary I watched it is something that people dream about. Around 1,500 people attempt the whole hike each year.
I have been doing research on this trail like crazy, and I hope to help some soon-to-be John Muir hikers along their way.
Here are different things you should know before you begin this hike:
How do I get to the John Muir Trail?
If you want to hike the John Muir Trail, you can park in Yosemite Valley. You can park in the long-term parking area for free and without reservations. There is a shuttle bus that will take you from the parking lot to the start of the trail.
How much does it cost to hike the John Muir Trial?
If you want to hike this trail and camp overnight, you will need a permit. You will want to reserve a permit.
However, if you cannot get a permit they still release 40% of the permits on a first come first service basis. If you want to reserve, it is said that you should apply exactly 168 days before you plan on hiking as that is the earliest you can reserve a hike, and permits go quickly.
You will need to pay the entrance fee when at Yosemite National Park which costs $20 per car or $10 per person if you are arriving by food, bike, or motorcycle.
Also, there are annual passes such as the Yosemite Pass which is $40 and the America the Beautiful annual pass which is $80.
There are plenty of other things to know as well before you start this hike:
- Dogs are not allowed.
- The trail is best hiked from July to September. These are the months when it usually won’t be as cold or as much snow.
- Bears can be in the area. You should always have bear spray, bear food containers, and so on.
- The hike usually takes around 30 days to complete.
Have you ever heard of the John Muir Trail? Do you like hiking and long camping trips?
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