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The John Muir Trail Pack Trip

The John Muir Trail Pack Trip
California USA

The Sierra Nevada’s John Muir Trail is probably the finest wilderness route in the world. The trail skirts the peaks and high plateaus of the John Muir Wilderness, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite. The spectacular granite domes and spires, lush meadows, rushing creeks, and waterfalls along the 211 mile trail have made it one of the most famous long-distance wilderness treks in the United States. 

The trip starts with a hearty meal at the home of your host, before travelling to the trailhead at Horseshoe Meadows. We will cover 23 miles following the Pacific Crest Trail over 3 days to stage for the ascent to Mount Whitney at Guitar Lake. The top of Mount Whitney marks the start of our trek along the John Muir Trail. We will then follow the JMT north enjoying views of the Kaweah Range to the west and the Sierra crest to the east before crossing over Forester Pass, the highest pass on the John Muir Trail. Dropping into a U-shaped valley we will follow Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow before climbing over a low ridge and finally descending to beautiful Charlotte Lake 61 miles and seven days from the trailhead.

The second segment starts with a climb over three 12,000’ passes and goes down the famous golden staircase. Staying above tree line for much of this section affords us expansive views of the glacial cut granite walls of Kings Canyon National Park. The varied landscape rewards us with cascading creeks as well as serene meadows along much of the hike.

The third segment has so much to offer including granite cliffs, flower strewn meadows, thundering waterfalls, pristine lakes and deep calm rivers. Some days in the Sierra are magical. This section of the John Muir Trail journeys through Kings Canyon National Park and the John Muir Wilderness of Sierra National Forest treating you to more wonder per mile than any other section of the trail.

After covering 150 miles of Sierra wilderness few people will ever see. it is time to experience the grandeur of the Ansel Adams Wilderness with the Minaret Spires and the Ritter Range escarpment towering over green meadows and alpine lakes. Enjoy the unique columnar basalt and the beautiful Rainbow Falls of Devils Postpile National Monument. Climb over Donahue Pass to follow the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River before ascending one more time past Cathedral Lakes before the long descent to Yosemite Valley. A four-mile side trip on the last day takes you off the John Muir Trail to the top of Half Dome for breathtaking views of Yosemite from this remarkable granite dome.

Join us for this trip of a lifetime.

Camping Ride with pack horses
Family Vacation
Riding with fishing options
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Bishop
Airport: Mammoth Lakes / Reno
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 12 riders

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    The John Muir Trail Pack Trip
    Tour Code: RTCA30
    30 days / 29 nights ~$8,900.00
    Dates : August

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2022 08/01 - 08/30 30d / 29n 30 day adventure, AP 4 /12 Expired
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Mostly quarterhorse mix
    Pace: between 2 to 6 hours per day - mostly ...

    Airport: Mammoth Lakes / Reno
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