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The John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail runs through the through alpine and high mountain country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, from Yosemite to Mount Whitney, a hike of around 210 miles. There is a length of 160 miles that is shared with the Pacific Coast Trail. The namesake of the trail was the famous Scottish-American naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club John Muir.

The movement to create a high Sierra trail began in 1892 and paths were constructed that later became part of the JMT when it was officially begin in 1915, one year after John Muir’s death. The trails system was finally completed in the mid twentieth century with over the years from the State of California, the United States Forestry Service and the unwavering efforts of the Sierra Club.

The JMT is situated high in the hills with eleven passes at elevations over 11,000 feet. Black bears are indigenous to the region and hikers will often cache their supplies in bear canisters, to prevent the bears for taking any food items they can find.

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