For the first four days on the John Muir Trail we have been hiking from one backpackers campground to another. Today will be the first day we’ll be camping in the “wilderness”, most likely also away from other people. Good!

So there will be no handy tap water or bear boxes in the coming nights…Continue Reading

After yesterday’s long day some short and easy hiking is very welcome. We only need to get over Cathedral Pass and then down to Tuolumne Meadows, which should be a matter of a couple of hours of nice walking.

Having just reached the southern end of Long Meadow yesterday before camping we now continue north on this nice piece of grassland that definitely deserves its name.Continue Reading

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

After arriving in Yosemite and setting up my tent in the backpackers campground, it is time for a first walk.

My permit requires me to start tomorrow at Glacier Point high above the Yosemite Valley, hence I will “miss” the first miles of the “official” John Muir Trail route from Happy Isles to Nevada Fall.Continue Reading