Best of the West

I recently had the pleasure of doing the "Best of the West" through World Expeditions/ATW. I must commend to you the most excellent experience we had with our tour leader. He was exceptional in his attention to detail, his knowledge, his sense of humour and his thorough professionalism. Well done and thanks for a truely marvellous trip.

E.C | Australia

John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is one of the finest hikes in North America. The route starts at Tuolumne in Yosemite National Park and continues south some two hundred miles to the high point of the lower forty-eight states, Mount Whitney. We will need to carry everything for the trip, so carrying a full pack of around 20kg is usual. Food stocks are re-supplied at a number of stages making our packs lighter, but packing carefully is essential. We'll hike 10-12 miles per day and we can expect the unexpected, so solid trekking experience and long multi-day trekking is essential. Along the way the trail climbs over 4000m passes, wanders beneath high alpine peaks and traverses beautiful meadows and forested river valleys. The spectacular scenery is combined with the generally clement weather of California and warm summer temperatures. This is truly a trip of a lifetime to be remembered for years to come. We realise that not everyone has 21 days to spare and so we also have options to complete the trail in segments over consecutive summers, please ask us for details.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Tuolumne, overnight camp
DAY 2 Commence John Muir Trail at Tuolumne Meadows
DAYS 3/8 Hike to Reds Meadow for re-supply
DAY 9 Hike to Muir Ranch for food re-supply
DAYS 10/13 Hike to junction with Bishops Pass Trail at Little Pete Meadow for food resupply
DAYS 14/18 Make crossing of Bishop Pass. Hike to Bullfrog Lake for food re-supply
DAYS 19/20 Hike to roadhead via Mt Whitney (4393m)
DAY 21 Complete hike and transfer to Bishop where trip concludes

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Trip Code: JMT
Trip Grading: Challenging
Duration:  21 days
Activities:  Trekking
Next Trip:  10 July 2014
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price: $3,060.00 CAD

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