Today the first major highlight of the trail awaits us: Half Dome! Actually it is not part of the John Muir Trail, but almost all JMT hikers do the small side trip.

After a warm night (9°C in the tent) and a short breakfast we get started at 7:50. Not as early as I’ve hoped, but still early enough to avoid all the day hikers that will summit Half Dome from the bottom of Yosemite Valley.Continue Reading

After yesterday’s nice warm-up hike I can officially start my John Muir Trail hike today.

Kevin and I take the bus from the Yosemite Lodge up to Glacier Point. At 25$ (one-way) it is not too cheap but this way we can avoid having to hike up to Glacier Point via the steep Four-Mile-Trail.

And the bus ride turns out to be an informative and very entertaining guided tour.Continue Reading