John Muir Trail (JMT)

United States United States

Worth knowing

The John Muir Trail runs for a length of 340 kilometers through Kalifornien in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 17 days to walk the John Muir Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail you are completely self-sufficient..
There are no grocery stores along the way, so you have to take all the food you need with you for the entire trail.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about John Muir Trail

340 km
Elevation gain
14.000 m
Elevation loss
11.580 m
Highest Point
Mount Whitney / 4.421 m
Lowest Point
Happy Isles trailhead, Yosemite Valley / 1.230 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
340 km
14.000 m
11.580 m
Mount Whitney
4.421 m
Happy Isles trailhead, Yosemite Valley
1.230 m
You have the following accommodation options on the John Muir Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
Solitude on the John Muir Trail
Hardly any other people and you sleep in huts/tents with no contact to villages

The best time to hike the John Muir Trail is:


Arrival to the John Muir Trail

You will arrive via Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Bus. Duration approx. 5 hours.

Departure from the John Muir Trail

Departure is via Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus. Takes about 8 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the John Muir Trail

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