John Muir Trail Covers Best Parts of the Pacific Crest Trail
The John Muir Trail (JMT) is 219 miles long. It runs southbound from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, and takes most hikers about 15 days to do. Thus, a person with a fulltime job still might be able to do the JMT. Personally, I think it rates as the greatest short-to-medium distance hiking trail in the United States. In fact, it covers the very most gorgeous parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, running through the High Sierra.
Bill Walker is the author of Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail (2010). He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail (2008), as well as The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago (2012).