(This is not the famous "John Muir Trail").
This 212 mile hike begins in Yosemite National Park and travels southeast across the watersheds of the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers, then east to the redwoods in Sequoia National Park, down into magnificent Kings Canyon and eventually east over the Sierra crest to Onion Valley, near the town of Independence. It visits magnificent groves of giant sequoias, huge domes of stunningly clean granite, hillsides covered with wildflowers, spectacular waterfalls, and soaring cliffs lining glacier sculpted canyons. Completing the entire route will challenge even experienced backpackers but those with less ambitious goals can still find most of the scenic highlights the route offers accessible via day hikes.
This is NOT a guide to the John Muir Trail (JMT). Because the JMT bears the name of the famous naturalist most assume that he pioneered it or at least traveled its length at some point in time. He did not. The trail wasn't completed until 23 years after Muir's death.
The route described in this book is completely distinct and separate from the JMT and was explored and charted by the author in the late 2010's. It follows a route actually traveled by Muir and several friends on an expedition in the Fall of 1873. As you hike this route you will visit the same landscapes that Muir describes in his writings and personal journals, albeit sometimes changed by modern developments.
The Adventurer's Edition of the guidebook is an 20 page introduction to the history of the route, its location, what to expect on the hike, comparisons to other major Sierra trails, and a list of over twenty key navigation landmarks along the route taken from Muir's journals. What is omitted are the detailed maps and route descriptions that will be included in the forthcoming complete guidebook.
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