John Muir Trail

In September 2019, I completed a solo thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California over 20 days, covering 215 miles. Over the summer of 2020, as a COVID project, I wrote one blog post for each day I was on the hike based on my trail journal. The daily blog posts are listed below:

JMT 2019 T minus 2: From the Rockies to the Sierra
JMT 2019 T minus 1: Lone Pine to Tuolumne Meadows
JMT 2019 Day 1: Return to Upper Lyell Base Camp
JMT 2019 Day 2: My Hiking Superpower
JMT 2019 Day 3: Alone on the JMT
JMT 2019 Day 4: Trail Magic
JMT 2019 Day 5: Hidden Gems
JMT 2019 Day 6: Silver Pass
JMT 2019 Day 7: Zero Day at VVR
JMT 2019 Day 8: Struggle Bus
JMT 2019 Day 9: Disaster Strikes!
JMT 2019 Day 10: This Sh*t is Tough!
JMT 2019 Day 11: Swimming with Tadpoles
JMT 2019 Day 12: Another Day in Paradise
JMT 2019 Day 13: The Terrible Horrible Very Bad No Good Windstorm
JMT 2019 Day 14: Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail
JMT 2019 Day 15: The Trail Provides
JMT 2019 Day 16: Zero in Independence
JMT 2019 Day 17: Back on the Trail
JMT 2019 Day 18: The End is Nigh
JMT 2019 Day 19: A Beautiful Day
JMT 2019 Day 20: 99 Switchbacks (and not one is fun)

Some more informational posts I wrote about preparing to hike the John Muir Trail:

Food / Logistics Planning for the John Muir Trail
JMT 2019 Gear List
Video: How to JMT| How to Pack a Backpack

I first attempted to thru-hike the John Muir Trail in September 2017. Here is a post about that failed attempt. We have survivorship bias, so I don’t think this kind of story is told often enough. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written:

Processing Failure: John Muir Trail 2017

And here’s a post I wrote while still bright-eyed and bushy-trailed, a completely clueless, newbie backpacker about what the JMT is and why I wanted to hike it.

The John Muir Trail