John Muir Trail is Best Medium Distance Trail in America
The John Muir Trail runs 219 miles southbound from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. This trail coincides with the Pacific Crest Trail, and covers what many consider the very most gorgeous parts of the famously gorgeous Pacific Crest Trail. Most John Muir Trail (JMT) hikers choose to do this trail in July and August when the snow is mostly gone. This is different from Pacific Crest Trail hikers who are forced to enter this section (The ‘High Sierras’) sooner than desirable in order to give them enough time to get to Canada. However, the JMT hikers ascend Mount Whitney up Whitney Portal, which is probaby more precarious than the PCT route up Mount Whitney. Most hikers cover the JMT in approximately two weeks, which can make for the most memorable summer vacation you ever had!