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John Muir Trail: The essential guide to hiking America's most famous trail

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Running from Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada, the 212 mile John Muir Trail passes through some of the most dramatic mountain terrain in the United States. Each year, thousands of backpackers traverse some or all of the trail, relying on Wilderness Press's John Muir Trail. The completely updated edition of this Sierra classic includes significant infor ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 16th 2007 by Wilderness Press (first published June 15th 2007)
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Travis Duke
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hiking-travel
Informative and hits the mains points about the JMT. I am planning my JMT hike this year (2018) so I wanted to read both books and internet sources. The book is a bit old now but I was surprised that most of the information is relative.

It hits the main points that included:
-descriptions of campsites and locations on a day to day progression both Nobo and Sobo
-supply points and bear box locations
-black and white maps
-alternate peaks to visit
-daily mileage from point to point
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This review is being written simultaneously from the point-of-view of someone who attempted to read the book for fun and from the point-of-view of someone who used the book while hiking on the John Muir Trail.

I picked this book up at the suggestion of my backpacking partner several months before we embarked on our John Muir Trail journey. I was very excited about the trip and impassioned to learn as much as I could before the start. I think I lasted 5 pages - I am not kidding. This book is so dr
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I bought this book to plan for my first JMT thru-hike (southbound). The mileage maps and the list of campsite locations were what I found to be the most helpful. This book is broken into sections and the author goes into great detail of the trail explaining the landmarks, plants, and animals that you might observe along the trail (she covers the trail going southbound). I did not find that part of the text particularly helpful and skimmed most of it. Personally, I would not hike the trail with t ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its wordy, and I wish it had more pictures, since this certainly isn't the version of the book you will carry with you anyway. Wilderness press continues presenting solid guidebooks though, and I'll keep buying them. This one is informative, and I appreciate the included panorama's from the crest of the passes that label what you can see in the distance, I thought this was a really nice touch.

I think I will have to check out the data book now. I hope it is something akin to AWOL's Appalachian T
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fellow JMT hikers
Recommended to Gary by: Andrea
I have hiked most of the JMT in segments over a period of 45 years and am planning on hiking the entire length this coming summer. Wenk's description of the trail tracks pretty closely with my memories and it refreshes them greatly. While I am not as much into the biology and geology as she is, her descriptions will improve my experience. But the book is more than that. It lists camping places, distances, side trips and places to leave the trail--all valuable for those which are out.

I am lookin
anne s.
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the best JMT book I've found... it even includes replications of the Harrison maps a lot of hikers use, and extensive trail descriptions from North to South and vice versa. Multiple indexes list all campsites and "bail-out" points along the trail. Worth the weight penalty to carry it on the trail? I'll let you know when I get back. ...more
Kevin Pfeiffer
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely essential to my time spent on The John Muir Trail. Filled to the brim with info and tips I cannot recommend it high enough for anyone wanting to visit the JMT. I actually bought twice, one hard copy and one ebook for the trail, that's how good it is. ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only briefly read through the section hike parts. Those seem more useful when actually on the trail. Overall a thoroughly researched (she's hiked it multiple times) and written guide to the JMT. ...more
Damon Brandt
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Classic, must read for the JMT
Gregory Lamb
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this guide book to be a thorough resource for planning and hiking the John Muir Trail (JMT). I read through, then went back and planned the thru-hike I'm hoping to complete during summer '20(hoping to be granted a permit).

Now having read the paper copy and built a plan for my hike, I'll get a digital/kindle copy to load onto my phone. The detailed trail descriptions for each section of the hike are worth referencing prior to each days hike. They include information about the terrain, la
Tim Mcmacken Jr.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, outdoors
Really great information about the JMT including descriptions of sections. It is really helping me plan my hike for later this year, and I am going to follow the author's advice and bring along a copy of the book so I can refer to it on the trail and consider side adventures and the best place for a zero along the way. ...more
Wendi Klaiber
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the top recommended book for anyone interested in hiking the John Muir Trail. Elizabeth' s instructions and details about the trip are excellent. I just hiked a section of the trail but I her book was my primary guide. ...more
H Peter Ji
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book in terms of terrains, plants, animals, navigations and brief history pertaining to the trail. It would’ve been nice to see more ‘additional’ trails to hike off the main trail, but it’s highly recommended to read if you’re interested in doing the trail!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to
I'll confirm this 5-star review once we hike from Rush Creek to Whitney Portal this summer- but this has excellent descriptions of the trails, wildlife and natural features, and campsites to consider. ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Certainly the most comprehensive and accurate guide I could find on this iconic trail. Would give it 4.5 stars if there was an option. It had all the details I needed along the trail: maps, photos identifying peaks in the distance, details on campsites, appropriately detailed descriptions of the next day's hike, and the right amount of suggested side hikes. Also good info. on resupply locations and some general pointers for a longer, through-hiking trip.

Would have preferred all the maps in one p
Inga Aksamit
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hiking
I loved having this on my Kindle app on my phone--for no additional weight I could carry this invaluable resource on the trail. I enjoyed reading about the upcoming section and, as time went on, all the detailed information on plants, rocks and history of the trail. The maps are detailed, the chapters thorough and there's a lot of painstaking detail packed in this guide. ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-other
Great resources and very interesting. I made the mistake of reading the ebook... There are a lie of appendixes that you will have to flip back and forth on, so much better to get the regular book. However, Elizabeth adds a lot of history and interesting facts, so it is informative but also not boring to read.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By far, the best JMT guide out there. The campsite appendix, and the side trips are well worth it alone! If you're thru-hiking the trail you might consider bringing along a kindle and the kindle version of this book - as it weighs less than the printed book! ...more
John Lowe
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is loaded with facts, observations on this wonderful trail. The author provides elevation profiles, location of campsites and so much more. On a recent section hike, I cut out the pages I needed and it became a valuable on-trail tool. Higly recommended
T.M. Mullin
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I think it is a good planning resource. I'll know how good after the hike. ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is great! the only thing is, i wish it told me what all the plants looked like. just saying they're there doesn't help when i don't know what i'm looking for! ...more
Mike Nyberg
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
More map oriented than advise.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JMT nutshell

Very good JMT primer. Love the 15 extra peak bagging suggestions. Love the "just the facts" style of writing. Kindle friendly.
Jim Warnock
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent guidebook to the John Muir Trail, written by a hiker who knows the trail well!
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great book for planning my upcoming trip on the JMT.
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