Daniel's Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project

The Great Spirit Path

John Muir Trail (JMT)

The John Muir Trail is called JMT by most people and runs for 211 miles from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley to the top of Mount Whitney, which is the highest mountain in the continental US. Of course you can't just end on the top of Mount Whitney and need to hike down another 11 miles to Whitney Portal. So the total length of the hike is 222 miles.

The elevation gain along the trail is estimated to be around 46,000 feet. So I will have to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest over 1.5 times. Together with the elevation loss of around 38,000 feet I'm looking at 84,000 feet of elevation change, which is of almost 16 miles.

The JMT runs through several National Parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia), visits the Devil's Postpile National Monument and crosses the Ansel Adams  and John Muir Wilderness areas in Inyo National Forest. Each of these seems worth a visit and I will have the privilege to visit them all -- hiking on my own two feet.

In planning for the JMT I looked intogear,food,anddaily milage & elevationas well as preparation.Click at the links to see my plan for that specific area.

In order to go on that long of a journey I ave to be very prepared and ready to hike 222 miles. I have to know my gear and be physically prepared for hiking the whole trail with a pack of up to 45 pounds. I prepared myself for this by going on several practice hikes with full gear.

During my hike you can track my progress via Spot.

After the hike I put together a hike report with photos.