JOHN MUIR TRAIL, MAMMOTH TO YOSEMITE VALLEY HIKE
Yosemite National Park - 7 days, 50 miles
California Alpine Guides
a division of International Alpine Guides.
JOHN MUIR TRAIL FROM MAMMOTH TO YOSEMITE VALLEY
Hike one of the best sections of the John Muir Trail from Mammoth Lakes into Yosemite Valley via the top of Half Dome and Cloud's Rest. This guided hiking tour takes you from the Eastern Sierra resort area of Mammoth Lakes into the Yosemite high country of Tuolumne Meadows and down into to the incomparable Yosemite Valley.
We begin with a night of camping near Mammoth Lakes with dinner prepared by your guide around a campfire. The next day we board the shuttle up to the Agnew Meadows and begin our hiking tour along headwaters of the San Joaquin River and the Thousand Lakes area. After passing into Yosemite National Park, we spend some time in the spectacular Lyell Canyon before picking up a resupply in Tuolumne Meadows.
Then we continue along the John Muir Trail towards Cathedral Lakes area before hiking down past the amazing vistas of Clouds Rest and on to our Half Dome basecamp. We hike up the historic "cable route" to the summit of Half Dome or to the Summit of Cloud's Rest.. After hiking Half Dome or Cloud's Rest, we descend down the famous Mist Trail into Yosemite Valley.
Along the way we enjoy tranquil alpine lakes, whispering pine forests, great food and good company! Not to mention the summit of Yosemite's most sought after peaks. You're accomplishing a section of the John Muir Trail while seeing the best of the Yosemite High Country. A great hike for those who want to hike the John Muir Trail but don't have to the time for the entire 200 miles.
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. Being a backpacking trip, everyone is responsible for carrying their own gear as well as their share of any group gear. 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.
Very good physical conditioning is required. Some previous overnight backpacking experience is highly recommended.
Custom dates available July though September
- 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
- One night camping in the Mammoth Lakes area with dinner the night before the hike begins
JOHN MUIR TRAIL, MAMMOTH TO YOSEMITE VALLEY HIKE ITINERARY
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 1
We meet in Mammoth Lakes at 5pm and your guide will take you to our campsite. After a gear check and introductions, we enjoy a campfire and a backcountry gourmet dinner.
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 2
Shuttle Time: 30 Minutes
Distance: 7-10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1800'/ -700'
We board a shuttle bus from the Mammoth Mountain Inn that takes us to Agnew Meadows along the San Joaquin River and we being hiking along the JMT towards Shadow Creek. We establish camp for the evening at a beautiful remote location.
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 3
Distance: 8-10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1600'/ -800'
Hiking past incredibly beautiful Sierra lakes, we make our way to the famous Thousand Island Lake. Then it's over low Island pass and down into the Rush Creek drainage where we make a cosy camp for the night.
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 4
Distance: 9 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1000'/ -2500'
Today is hiking up over Donahue Pass with it's high alpine views and into Yosemite National Park. We descend to the beautiful Lyell Canyon where we make camp along the tranquil Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River. Great swimming options today!
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 5
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1600'/ -900'
Hiking along the Lyell Canyon we arrive in Tuolumne Meadows around lunch time where we pick up our resupply and perhaps grab an ice cream or a cold drink. Then it's back into the wilderness of the Yosemite high country where we make our way to spectacular Cathedral Lakes for the evening.
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 6
Distance: 10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +900'/ -3200'
Leaving Cathedral Lakes we hike towards Sunrise Lakes High Sierra Camp and descend down towards Half Dome, making base camp for the night along Sunrise Creek.
Mammoth to Yosemite - Day 7
Shuttle Time: 3 hours
Distance: 8-14 miles (Only 4.5 miles with an overnight pack)
Elevation Gain/Loss: +1700'/ -2800'
Today is summit day! We will plan to summit Half Dome via the famous cables route. A second choice, and no less spectacular, is going for the summit of Cloud's Rest depending on permit availability and group goals. Leaving at dawn, we have all day to summit either peak before the crowds with a lightweight pack since we will hike back at our Sunrise Creek base camp afterwards. After packing up, we leave Sunrise Creek we descend towards Yosemite Valley through "Little Yosemite Valley" and then down the famous Mist Trail past Nevada and Vernal Falls into the "incomparable valley".. We then catch an evening shuttle back to the cars at the Mammoth Mountain Inn.
Itinerary subject to change & camp locations and distances each day remain flexible.