12-Nights John Muir Trail: Northbound to Yosemite
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California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trekking Tackle the northbound half of the John Muir Trail set in California's stunning Sierra Nevada, beginning at Lake Florence and ending in Yosemite National Park's beautiful Tuolumne Meadows. Traverse mountain passes through several protected zones, including the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas — totaling 103 miles through dazzling scenery of 13,000-foot peaks, countless lakes, huge granite walls, and rich meadows. The hiking is tough but you'll travel light, as the trip is fully aided by mule support and expert MT Sobek guides who share local legends.
Hike 103 miles on one of the most scenic wilderness trails in the world
Take in spectacular protected areas, including the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness
Descend from the Pacific Crest to Yosemite's high-elevation Tuolumne Meadows with its meandering river
Day 1 Arrive in Fresno, California Arrive in Fresno, California, to check in at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Fresno air terminal by 5pm. At 6pm, meet the guides and the group for a welcome dinner and orientation talk; do the final gear check and discuss the details of the trip. Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton (D)
Day 2 Start the John Muir Trail at Sallie Keyes 3-hour private van transfer 3-4 hours/6.2 miles hiking with 400’ elevation gain Meet at 7am after breakfast. Drive about three hours to Florence Lake, and meet the horse-packer and mules to offload the gear. Then begin the first leg of the trip, which starts with a ferry ride across Florence Lake (7,325') into the John Muir Wilderness. Today's hike is a mild 6.2 miles with a 400-ft elevation gain to the junction of the John Muir Trail at the Sallie Keyes cut-off. Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—John Muir Trail Northbound (B, L, D)
Day 3 Hike Over Selden Pass to Rosemarie Meadow 5-6 hours/10 miles hiking to 10,880' with 3,555’ elevation gain Hike 10 miles over the Selden Pass (10,880') to Rosemarie Meadow, past the picturesque Sallie Keyes Lakes, which were named after Sallie Keyes Shipp, the daughter of the principal owners (and sheepherders) of Blayney Meadows (from 1890-1940). An aspen tree in the meadows is rumored to still have her name carved in it. Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp—John Muir Trail Northbound (B, L, D)
Day 4 Descend to Mono Creek 6 hours/11 miles hiking to 7,870' with 3,010' elevation loss Today's hike is 11 miles downhill (except for a stout but brief uphill climb of Bear Ridge) to Quail Meadows and into the Mono Creek Drainage at 7,870'. Mono Creek, named after the Mono Indians, drains from the nearby Mono Divide, first crossed on August 2, 1864, by the Brewer party of the Whitney Survey. Mono Creek serves as a main artery in the California watershed.
(B, L, D)
Day 5 Head Up to Chief Lake 4-6 hours/8 miles hiking to 10,880' with 3,010' elevation gain Today is another uphill day. You'll journey 8 miles to Chief Lake over Silver Pass (10,880') across the Silver Divide, named in 1907-09 by the USGS survey from Theodore S. Solomons' 1896 map of the area. Solomons gave the creek its name because of its silvery appearance.
(B, L, D)
Day 6 Pass Tully Hole & Camp at Duck Lake 6-7 hours/11 miles hiking to 9,600' with 1,280' elevation loss Just over 11 miles of hiking up and down leads past Tully Hole and Purple Lake to the camp at the Duck Lake junction (9,600'). Tully Hole was named after Gene Tully, who was one of the original 60 rangers of the US Forest Service. He helped rid Yosemite National Park of sheep from 1905-07. Tully Hole was where he rested his stock during his 6-week patrols of the mountains. One of today's highlights is a lunch stop at the picturesque Lake Virginia.
(B, L, D)
Day 7 Onward to Red’s Meadow 6-7 hours/11.5 miles hiking to 7,580’ with 2,020’ elevation loss Today enjoy 11.5 miles of cruising to Red's Meadow in the Mammoth area, with astounding views of the Minarets as well as Mount Ritter and Banner Peak. John Muir made the first ascent in October 1872 and his account of the climb is legendary to mountain climbers. Meet the food drop here and be treated to a natural hot spring-fed shower.
(B, L, D)
Day 8 Reach Ansel Adams Wilderness & Shadow Creek 6 hours/11 miles hiking to 8,750 with 1,223' elevation gain Today enter the Ansel Adams Wilderness, named after the famous photographer and conservationist who took all those iconic photographs of the West. Highlights include the unique Devil's Postpile National Monument. It's an 11-mile hike to Shadow Creek, the next camp, home for the next two nights.
(B, L, D)
Day 9 Enjoy Layover Day at Shadow Creek Today is a well-deserved layover day in the heart of John Muir Trail country. Take time to photograph, fish, hike, wash socks, or just plain hang out.
(B, L, D)
Day 10 Hike Over Island Pass to Rush Creek Camp 5-6 hours/10 miles hiking to 10,205' with 1,455’ elevation gain A 10-mile hike today leads through the famous "postcard" John Muir Trail country of Garnett, Waugh, and Thousand Island Lakes. Hike over Island Pass (10,205') to the campsite on Rush Creek.
(B, L, D)
Day 11 Meet the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River 8 hours/12 miles hiking to 11,050' with 845' elevation gain Hike 12 miles over towering Donahue Pass (11,050') beneath the highest peak in Yosemite (Mt. Lyell at 13,114') and down to the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. Donahue was a sergeant in the cavalry and the peak and pass were named after him by Lt. McClure in 1895, when Donahue made the first ascent.
(B, L, D)
Day 12 End the Trek and Return to Fresno 4-hour shuttle & private van transfer 3 hours/6 miles hiking with 2,431 elevation loss Hike the remaining six miles along the John Muir Trail and finish the long journey in Tuolumne Meadows, where the shuttle awaits with cold drinks and a fresh lunch. After lunch, take the shuttle back through Yosemite Valley before returning to the hotel in Fresno for a celebration dinner and a good night's sleep. Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton (B, L, D)
Day 13 Depart Fresno Today take the free airport shuttle to the terminal to catch your flight, which can be scheduled to depart at any time. Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton
Fresno, California, lies in the center of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the U.S.: Trucks piled high with tomatoes or melons pass cars on the highway, many businesses in Fresno are farm-related, and "agrotourism"—tours of farms, orchards and wineries—is popular with visitors, especially families.
Fresno is the largest city in California's Central Valley. The downtown appeals to visitors with its lively mix of old and new, gritty and chic, with coffee shops, restaurants and vintage-clothing shops next to old theaters and warehouses.
Being in the center of the fertile San Joaquin Valley, it's no wonder that Fresno also has wineries of its own—including the Madera Wine Trail. http://www.maderawinetrail.com.
One of the most intriguing gardens in California is Baldassare Forestiere's Underground Garden. Transplanted from the founder's native Sicily, the fruit trees, vines and shrubs are all planted in sunny openings of subterranean courtyards and passageways. The garden is still run by Forestiere's great nephew. http://www.undergroundgardens.com.
Fresno's holdovers from the past include intriguing historic architecture and more than 30 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them are the Water Tower, Tower Theater and Kearney Mansion Museum. In addition, the city of Fresno, California, is a good jumping-off point for visits to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.
Muir Woods is known for it's unique ecosystem and giant redwood trees. The woods contain several different trails and hikes that extend to surrounding parks. Other activities for visitors include pets, bicycling, and horseback riding. Because Muir woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area there are many natural sites to explore. Visitors can visit Muir beach and have a bonfire or picnic, or visit beautiful Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
The Mammoth Lakes area is notable because it gets an unusually large amount of snow compared to other peaks in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, which lies in the Inyo National Forest. This has made Mammoth Mountain one of the premier ski destinations on the West Coast.
The ski area is built on the north side of Mammoth Mountain, located in the volcanic Long Valley Caldera. Mammoth, as it is known to most, has more than 3,500 acres/1,400 hectares of skiable terrain, serviced by 28 lifts. The mountain rises to an elevation of 11,053 ft/3,368 m.
The top of the mountain has challenging chutes and open mogul runs. There are three main terrain parks branded "Unbound" at Mammoth. Unbound Main, located adjacent to Main Lodge, is one of the major attractions of the ski resort. Many of the top professional snowboarders practice and compete in the 18-ft/5.5-m and 22-ft/7-m super pipes. http://www.mammothmountain.com.
Mammoth Mountain also has one of the longest ski seasons in North America, which usually runs November-June. Mammoth receives an average of nearly 400 in/1,016 cm of snow per season. Cross-country skiers will find miles/kilometers of groomed trails from Tamarack Cross Country Center and the Mammoth Lakes Nordic Trail System. Other popular winter diversions include snowmobiles and tubing.
In the summer months, the ski gondolas are used by mountain bikers and tourists who wish to get a spectacular summit view of Long Valley Caldera directly to the east and Sierra peaks to the west, south and north. The area also draws golfers and fishermen looking to catch some of the lakes' trout.
When you're ready to take a break from activities, nearby attractions to explore include the Obsidian Dome—a huge dome of volcanic glass—and Devil's Postpile National Monument, featuring huge basalt columns. http://www.visitmammoth.com.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.
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