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John Muir Trail

Day 1-4
We meet at our hotel in the town of Lee Vining, the Eastern gate to Yosemite National park at 5pm to discuss the itinerary and do a pack check. Afterwards we enjoy a dinner on the town to get better aquainted (not included). After a short shuttle ride into Yosemite, we hike out of Tuolumne Meadows heading south along the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail through the spectacular and scenic Lyell Canyon and make camp for the evening at the head of Lyell Canyon. We then leave Yosemite and enter the Ansel Adams Wilderness and make our way towards Reds Meadows where we spend the night and receive our first food re-supply. This resupply allows our packs to be relatively light with only three days worth of food and fuel in them.

Day 5-7

Leaving Reds Meadows and spend the next three days hiking towards Edison Lake on the Western Slope of the High Sierra where we board a water taxi to the Vermillion Resort. We spend the night at the resort complete with a restaurant meal and a hot shower! We receive our 2nd food and fuel re-supply here.

Day 8-12
Leaving our small taste of civilization behind we leave the Vermillion Resort and continue along the John Muir Tral towards Evolution Valley and make our way to sparkling Evolution Lake where we enjoy a well deserved full rest day to simply relax and take it all in. Evolution Lake to LeConte Canyon is a another stellar section of the JMT taking us through Evolution Basin, over Muir Pass and down into the upper LeConte Canyon and then hike over Mather Pass as we make our way into the Kings River drainage in a very remote area of Kings Canyon National Park. We pick up another food resupply at Le Conte Canyon.

Day 13-16
We hike into the beautiful Rae Lakes basin with granite spires all around and make our camp along one of the more remote tranquil lakes in the area. Then it's onto Bullfrog Lake where we pick up another food resupply.

Day 17-21
We then hike over Forester Pass, the highest pass on the John Muir Trail and onto Crabtree Lakes, our base camp for the ascent of Mount Whitney. We then spend a day summiting Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental US, with a lightweight day pack. After another night at Crabtree, we exit the wilderness over Cottonwood Pass and then have a private shuttle take us back to our hotel at our starting point in the town of Lee Vining where we will enjoy a well deserved celebratory dinner.

The itinerary is subject to change