JMT Bound

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Redirection is good. Right?.

The PCT in Northern Oregon needs a couple more weeks to clear of snow. Hard to believe, but true. I tried but I just don’t think finishing the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail was in my destiny this summer.

With permit, bear canister, 8 days of food, and 3 resupplies sent, I am tackling a couple hundred miles on the PCT/John Muir Trail in the Sierras going north from Cottonwood Pass. Last June I experienced this path covered in snow and with streams that resembled swift rivers. I am looking forward to trekking this steep rugged land on dirt and rock, enjoying wildflowers, skipping over streams, seeing other hikers, and just being amongst the Range of Light.

Most of this route through the High Sierras does not have cell service, so there will be a delay in posting trail journal entries from this trip. Thank you for following along and being very supportive and motivating. It is awesome. Hope everyone is having a sweet summer!

For those of you that like information and data (I do) the following are facts quoted from the PCTA website:

John Muir Trail Facts:
The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail essentially follow the same route through the Sierras and pass through what many backpackers say is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. This is a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. It’s also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world.

The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the PCT) from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California. Hiking from south to north the JMT hiker will ascend over 38,000 feet and descend over 48,000 feet. The JMT runs through 3 National Parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia. When not within a National Park, it runs through Inyo National Forest, including the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas. The trail also passes through the Devils Postpile National Monument near Red’s meadow. The elevation of the JMT seldom dips below 8,000 feet (2,400 m). The trail crosses six mountain passes in excess of 11,000 feet (3,400 m); from north to south, they are: Donohue Pass, Muir Pass, Mather Pass, Pinchot Pass, Glen Pass, and Forester Pass. At 13,153 feet (4,009 m), Forester Pass is the highest point along the Pacific Crest Trail and the second-highest pass along the JMT (after Trail Crest on the Mount Whitney Trail).


  1. Georgette Theotig

    Flexibility is so important, and you seem to have mastered it! Even if you can’t be in Oregon, post holing through deep snow, you’ll be in our own beloved Sierra. What a difference between this year and last year! Four of us will be going over New Army Pass next week, to enjoy Miter Basin for a few days. Maybe our paths will cross!

    Happy Hiking,

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