“Are you crazy?!”
…That seems to be the most popular reaction we’ve gotten since announcing our plan to hike the John Muir Trail. Hiking 211 miles over three weeks, with 47,000 feet of elevation gain, carrying 30+lbs on our backs every day- I guess you do have to be a certain kind of crazy to call that fun. But nothing worth doing is ever easy, right?
How We Got Here
We are Jamie, Eric, and Brenda – three friends from Colorado who love the outdoors and all it has to offer. Jamie and Brenda were high school sweethearts, and moved to Colorado in 2013. That’s where Jamie met Eric – a Colorado native – and discovered their shared passion for adventure. In 2015 we traveled to Zion National Park for our first backpacking trip together, an amazing experience that left us wanting more. As time went on, a crazy idea became a nagging desire… and finally, an actual plan to take on “The #1 trek every hiker should do” (according to backpacker.com) – the one and only John Muir Trail.
About The Trail
The John Muir Trail is a 211 mile trek through the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Starting in Yosemite National Park and traversing through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park, it terminates at 14,505ft on top of Mt. Whitney, the tallest point in the contiguous United States. It follows roughly the same path as the well-known Pacific Crest Trail, though traditionally hiked in the opposite direction.
Hiking this trail is no easy feat, as anyone can tell by looking at that elevation profile! However, it is well worth the effort, as it passes through some of the most spectacular scenery this country has to offer. The trail runs through the High Sierra, a land fondly known as “the range of light”, where mild climates combine with rugged granite peaks and pristine alpine lakes to create a hiker’s paradise.
Need more convincing? Watch this short clip from The Muir Project, guaranteed to give you goosebumps every time…
So, we decided to hike the JMT. This is a considerably longer, and harder, trip than any we’ve attempted before, so from now until we hit the trail, we will be training, planning, and preparing for this one of a kind adventure. Follow along with us as we gather our gear, create our itinerary, and organize the details of our journey, then set out with us this Summer 2016 as we head out on the trail!