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Tahoe Yosemite Trails

From the Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley the John Muir trail travels 220 miles south to the summit of Mt. Whitney on the border of the Sequoia National forest and over to the Inyo National Forest. For about 160 miles (257 km), the trail follows the same footpath as the much longer Pacific Crest Trail.

It is named for naturalist John Muir. From its northern terminus in Yosemite Valley, the trail runs northeast to Tuolomne Meadows, passing near Half Dome, then, running parallel to the main range of the Sierra Nevada, southeast through Yosemite National Park, Inyo and Sierra national forests including the John Muir and the ever popular Ansel Adams wilderness areas, Devils Postpile National Monument, through Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park . From the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail at the summit of Mt. Whitney an additional 11 mile (18 km) hike is required to reach the nearest trailhead at Whitney Portal, thus making an end-to-end traverse of the trail effectively 222 miles (357 km). Yes... it is long.

If you need help planning a shorter hike and walk, talk to the Mammoth Welcome Center. The forest service office is there and they are the best guides of all 760-924-5500.

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