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John Muir Trail Northbound: Florence Lake to Yosemite Valley with SYMG

About John Muir Trail Northbound 

The John Muir Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world. It follows the rugged spine of the Sierra Nevada, passing by pristine alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows and hulking glaciated peaks. This section will take us northward from Florence Lake to Yosemite Valley, tackling the imposing Selden, Silver and Donahue Passes, visiting Cathedral Lakes, and continuing to the Northern Terminus of the JMT: Yosemite Valley. The JMT Northbound takes you backpacking through what the guides call “Postcard Country” among the sparkling lakes beneath the imposing Ritter Range. 

ACCOMMODATIONS: We provide 1 night lodging at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and 12 nights of wilderness tent camping 

EQUIPMENT: We supply all group camping gear (stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.). We can also supply personal camping equipment (backpacks, sleeping bags, ground pads, and tents) upon request with no additional fee. You are welcome to bring your own personal camping equipment if you prefer. A detailed gear list will be sent to you upon registration

MEALS: We provide meals starting with hotel breakfast on day 2 through lunch and trail snacks the final day 13. Our "Backcountry Gourmet" meals have been acclaimed in Sunset Magazine and we take pride in providing excellent meals even in remote surroundings. We can handle common dietary requests; just indicate your preferences on the reservation form. Special requests can also be handled, though occasionally there may be an extra charge for specialty items. Note you are responsible for any front-country meals in the restaurants: dinner at Wyndham Garden Hotel on arrival, lunch at Tuolumne) 

YOUR PRICE INCLUDES: Meals (as noted above), group camping gear (as noted above), personal camping equipment (as listed above), remote food drop at Red’s Meadow, accommodations (as listed above), transportation to and from the remote trailheads from Fresno, CA, ferry crossing at Edison Lake, all applicable permits, professional mountain guide(s), pre-trip planning packet, and trip support from our friendly office staff. 

NOT INCLUDED: Meals while in the front country (noted above), alcohol, personal items, tips for mountain guide (10-20% of trip cost is typical), and optional trip cancellation insurance, which we always highly recommend. 

PREPARATION: Train for both strength and endurance. The John Muir Trail is a committing trip where you have set mileage to cover each day. It’s not about whether you can climb a high pass, but whether you can wake up 12 days in a row and climb a high pass (with a weighted backpack on) and still have fun doing it! To build up aerobic and cardiovascular endurance, we recommend the following training: carrying a weighted backpack on full day hikes, hiking stadium bleachers up & down, working on strength exercises and cycling. A training schedule of just running is not quite enough. Besides physical training, reading The Guide to the John Muir Trail by Thomas Winnett may also be helpful. 

See website for full 13 day Itinerary and booking.

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Starts: September 05, 2020

Occurs: Every day until September 17, 2020
Time: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Yosemite National Park
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Phone: (800) 231-4575 or (559) 642-2817

Email: info@symg.com

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