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John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail

Elizabeth Wenk

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This authoritative guide describes the 220-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney.

Since childhood, Elizabeth Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada with her family. After she started college, she found excuses to spend every summer in the Sierra, with its beguiling landscape, abundant flowers, and near-perfect weather. During those summers, she worked as a research assistant for others and completed her own PhD thesis research on the effects of rock type on alpine plant distribution and physiology. But much of the time she hikes simply for leisure. Obsessively wanting to explore every bit of the Sierra, she has hiked thousands of on- and off-trail miles and climbed more than 600 peaks in the mountain range. Recently she has directed her wanderings to gather data for several Wilderness Press titles and to introduce her two young daughters to the wonders of the mountains. She lives in Sydney, Australia.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 283
Erscheinungsdatum 03.06.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-89997-736-2
Reihe John Muir Trail
Verlag Wilderness Pr
Maße (L/B/H) 21.6/13.9/2 cm
Gewicht 355 g
Auflage 5. Auflage


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    Planning Your Hike

    On the Trail

    Sierra Nevada History

    Cumulative Mileage Table

    North to South: Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal

    • Happy Isles to Tuolumne-Mariposa County Line

    • Tuolumne-Mariposa County Line to Donohue Pass

    • Donohue Pass to Island Pass

    • Island Pass to Madera-Fresno County Line

    • Madero-Fresno County Line to Silver Pass

    • Silver Pass to Selden Pass

    • Selden Pass to Muir Pass

    • Muir Pass to Mather Pass

    • Mather Pass to Pinchot Pass

    • Pinchot Pass to Glen Pass

    • Glen Pass to Forester Pass

    • Forester Pass to Trail Crest

    • Trail Crest to Whitney Portal

    Side Trips to Peaks, Vista Points, and Lake Basins

    Appendix A: JMT Lateral Trails and Nearby Towns

    Appendix B: Campsites

    Appendix C: Food-Storage Boxes (Bear Boxes)

    Appendix D: Plants Referenced in Text

    Appendix E: Bibliography and Suggested Reading


    About the Author