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The John Muir Trail
The John Muir Trail (JMT) was created on May 17, 1915 by a bill in the California State Legislature, signed by Governor Hiram Johnson. The trail traverses approximately 213.7 miles along California’s Sierra Crest from Yosemite Valley at 4,035’ elevation to the summit of Mt. Whitney at 14,505-foot elevation, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
- The first through hike of the JMT was on July 1, 1908 by the LeConte Expedition.
- The JMT traverses through the following public lands:
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
Inyo National Forest
Sierra National Forest
Ansel Adams Wilderness
John Muir Wilderness
- The JMT traverses over the following High Sierra passes:
Cathedral Pass (9,700’ elevation)
Donohue Pass (11,056’ elevation)
Island Pass (10,205’ elevation)
Silver Pass (10,895’ elevation)
Selden Pass (10,880’ elevation)
Muir Pass (11,995’ elevation)
Mather Pass (12,100’ elevation)
Pinchot Pass (12,130’ elevation)
Glen Pass (11,978’ elevation)
Forester Pass (13,180’ elevation – the highest pass traveled in the United States)
Mt. Whitney (14,505’ elevation – the tallest peak in the lower 48 States)
- The total elevation gain along the JMT (southbound) is 46,000 feet and the total elevation descent (southbound) is 38,000 feet.