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John Muir Trail: Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows with Horsepack Support with SYMG

About the trip:

The John Muir Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world and this section through “postcard country” is considered one of the most beautiful of all. We’ll travel past Thousand Island Lake, below the glaciated peaks of Mts Ritter, Banner, and Lyell, and into Yosemite National Park via the 11,000’ Donahue Pass. You’ll just carry your water and camera each day while the mules carry all the gear!

What's Included:

  • Accommodations:  1st night's lodging at Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresno.  6 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)
  • Gear:  All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.  Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents.
  • Transportation:  Day 2 private shuttle from Fresno to starting trailhead.  Day 8 private shuttle from ending trailhead to Fresno.
  • Food:  Starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 8.  Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks.  Hot tea or coffee served each morning.
  • See website for full 5 day Itinerary and booking.

Travel & Logistics:

  • Your trip begins and ends at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. We recommend driving your own vehicle to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1. Plan to arrive at the campground by 5pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. If you're driving to Tuolumne Meadows, you can leave your car at Lembert Dome parking lot for the duration of your trip. We will return to Tuolumne Meadows on the last day between 12-1pm.

About The Packstock:

  • Mules will be carrying all of our equipment and your personal gear each day. We won't be hiking with the mules and perhaps not even camping with them depending on the day. You will need to pack your personal belongings (not including tent, sleeping bag & pad) efficiently into one mid-sized compression sack or duffel as outlined in our pre-trip materials, weighing no more than 15 pounds. You are welcome to pack anything extra in your daypack.

Training & Prep:

  • To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a thorough training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:
    • Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
    • Core and leg strength (don't forget those abs and quads)!
    • Day hikes (10-12 miles) or short overnight trips to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backcountry travel
    • Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
    • Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible

What's Not Included:

  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Dinner on the first night in Fresno
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides and 3% for packers
  • Trip Insurance

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Starts: July 14, 2020

Occurs: Every day until July 18, 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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