The famous John Muir Trail takes a line down through the heart of the beautiful High Sierra Nevada taking in the some of best sights the mountains of California has to offer. This spectacular backpacking trip is one of world's most famous long-distance hikes and a must-do for any long-distance hiking aficionado.

Our John Muir Trail hike is supported with multiple food drops, professional and personable mountain guides, private shuttles, top-notch logistics and gourmet backcountry food that have all become a hallmark of California Alpine Guides backpacking trips. We keep our group sizes small for everyone's comfort and enjoyment.

After meeting in the town of Lee Vining, the Eastern gateway to Yosemite, We begin the trek in the Yosemite High Country at Tuolumne Meadows (We do not leave out of Yosemite Valley to avoid the summer heat). Heading south, we soon leave Yosemite National Park and move on to the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness' before entering Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. After summiting Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, we end our journey by exiting through the Golden Trout Wilderness. We are then shuttled from the town of Lone Pine back to our starting point at Lee Vining.

Along the way, we see just about everything the Sierra Nevada has to offer...majestic peaks, alpine lakes, lush meadows and an abundance of wildlife. This trip is perfect for those we are looking to immerse themselves in the wilderness and get away from "civilization" for a long period of time. While this can be a strenuous hike at times, our itinerary allows for plenty of time for relaxation amid the incredible beauty and quiet of California's High Sierra Nevada.

Leave all the logistics and the cooking to your mountain guides and allow yourself to simply relax and enjoy one of America's incredible wilderness journeys.

Food, Equipment & Lodging

We provide breakfast lunch, dinner and snacks prepared by your guide and backcountry chef from the time we meet till we part ways. We like to call our food "backcountry gourmet" which includes vegetables as well as freshly baked goods.

To make your trip easier for you we provide most of the gear you will need at no extra cost. We provide high quality backpacks, sleeping bags and pad, trekking poles, headlamp and eating utensils if needed. We also provide tents, all group cooking gear, first aid kit and water purification for the group. Our guides carry emergency two-way satellite communications devices at all times.

This is a backpacking trip in which everyone carries their own gear and a share of the group gear and supplies.

Looking to hike a shorter section of the John Muir Trail? Check out our 7-day John Muir Trail Hike from Mammoth Lakes, Ca to Yosemite Valley, through the high-country of Yosemite National Park. 



Very good to excellent physical conditioning is required. Previous backpacking experience is required with the ability to carry an overnight pack up to 12 miles a day for multiple days in a row.

2018 DATES:

July 15 - August 6  (Full)
August 12 - September 3 (Full)





COST: $3895

Space is very limited! To reserve spots on the JMT, a $500 refundable deposit is required with the balance due 90 days prior.


  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner prepared by your guide while in the field
  • Professional local mountain guides certified in emergency wilderness medicine, food handling & Leave No Trace Principles & trained in local natural history.
  • Backpacks, sleeping bag and pad, trekking poles and eating utensils if needed
  • Tents, all group camping gear and permits
  • Full logisitical support with porter resupplies