Elizabeth Wenk's authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest. The trail descriptions also include natural and human history to provide a workout for both body and mind -- a must-have for any Muir Trail enthusiast. Note that the text includes the southbound trail description, while the full guide with the northbound description is available as a separate ebook product.
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Brand New Maps, Notable Peaks Highlight Newest JMT Guide Running from Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada, the 212-mile John Muir Trail passes through some of the most dramatic mountain terrain in the United States--massive granite peaks, dizzying waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes, and vibrant meadows filled with wildflowers. Each year, thousands of backpackers traverse some or all of the trail, having relied on Sierra veteran Lizzy Wenk's John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America's Most Famous Trail, now in its 5th edition from Wilderness Press, to guide them along the way. The definitive one-stop shop for the JMT, the new John Muir Trail has information found nowhere else. It meticulously describes the entire passage, with detailed directions for readers of all levels of familiarity, as well as UTM coordinates for important junctions, lateral trails, nearly 300 campsites, food-storage boxes, and points of interest. Probably the most significant update to John Muir Trail, though, consists of 16 brand new, original topographic maps, created by the author, incorporated throughout the trail's 13 sections, as well as a list of 15 side trips to nearby, notable peaks. Panoramic vista point photographs label summits on the skyline as hikers make their journey.