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John Muir Trail Backpacking with SYMG

The John Muir Trail is one of the most classic backpacking trails in the world. Our 23-day backpack is a wilderness experience like none other, navigating the rugged spine of California’s High Sierra. Join us as we climb 8 high-mountain passes, traverse 3 national parks and attempt the summit of Mt Whitney (14,500’), the highest point in the contiguous US. Expert guides, seamless logistics and world-class scenery make the John Muir Trail the “trip of a lifetime”.

  • Explore world-class scenery of the High Sierra
  • Traverse 3 National Parks & summit Mt. Whitney
  • Experience stunning alpine landscapes
  • Activity Level:  Strenuous
  • Trip Length:  23 Days
  • Group Size:  Up to 13 Guests 

Accommodations: 

  • 1st nights stay at Tuolumne Meadows Campground
  • 22 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)
  • Last nights lodging at Best Western Frontier Hotel Lone Pine

Transportation:

  • Day 1 private shuttle from Fresno to Tuolumne Meadows Campground
  • Day 7 ferry across Edison Lake
  • Day 22-23 private shuttle from remote trailhead to hotel and back to Fresno

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

Food:

  • Starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 23
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
  • Hot tea or coffee served each morning
  • 4 remote food resupplies

See website for full 23 day Itinerary and booking.

Travel & Logistics:  Your trip begins at Tuolumne Meadows Campground in Yosemite National Park. There are a couple of options to get there:

  • Option 1: We provide a private shuttle from Fresno to Tuolumne Meadows on Day 1, which can pick you up at the Fresno Yosemite Int'l Airport or nearby hotels. If you plan to use our shuttle, consider staying in Fresno the evening before your trip at our preferred hotel
  • Option 2:  Coordinate your own transportation to Tuolumne Meadows on the first day. Just keep in mind that we will not be returning there at the end of the trip, so plan accordingly.

Any additional luggage you have will be stored at our secure facility and returned to you for your final night in Lone Pine. We'll provide your transportation back to Fresno on the last day of the trip, we recommend booking flights no earlier than 3pm on this day.

Training & Preparation:  The JMT is our most difficult trip, traveling long distances over high mountain passes with uneven terrain for 21 trail days carrying a fully weighted pack (30-35 lbs). Not only do we want you to complete the trail with us, but we want you to have fun doing it! On the JMT, it’s not a question of whether you can climb a high mountain pass, but if you can get up the next morning and climb another... and then another... which is why training for this trip is so important. In addition, long sustained periods in a remote wilderness setting requires a unique mental toughness.

We recommend a rigorous training plan in the months 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 and overnight trips (5-7 days) with a weighted pack (30-35lbs) to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backpacking
  • Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
  • Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible
  • Permits:  Due to increasingly competitve permitting for the JMT, actual permit location starts can vary and you will be notified before the trip of any changes. One common alternate joins with the JMT just south of Donahue Pass. This does not add any additional costs to the trip, and the logistics on Day 1&
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Starts: August 01, 2020

Occurs: Every day until August 23, 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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