Can You Hike The John Muir Trail In June

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How long does it take to walk the John Muir Trail?

The John Muir Trail is roughly 211 mile long (if you’re following the true JMT trail the whole way). And people typically hike this from anywhere between 10 days (speed freaks) to 30 days (leisurely).

What is the hardest part of the John Muir Trail?

Hardest: Glen Pass. It’s a long, steep climb, with a cruel psychological twist near the end. Just as you reach the top of a climb that seems to go on forever, you find what appears to be the top of the pass. As you sit there, resting, it occurs to you that you can’t see where the trail goes back down.

When should I walk the Pacific Crest Trail?

Summer and early fall are generally the best time to hike in the mountains, while low-lying parts of California are most pleasant in spring and fall. Winter snow buries most of the trail from around October or November into early July. Those looking for normal dry-trail conditions wait until the snow has melted.

What is the best time of year to hike the John Muir Trail?

Although it’s possible to hike the JMT as early as mid-June for those equipped for snow travel, the best time to hike is generally late July through early October. This is highly variable year-to-year and it really depends on the season’s snowfall.

How hard is it to hike the John Muir Trail?

It’s not for everyone, of course. Many hikers allot three weeks, a pace of about 10 miles a day. Maybe the smartest strategy for you would be something in between—say, 15 days averaging 14.7 miles per day. Experiment with backpacking longer days and traveling light on shorter trips before your JMT thru-hike.

Is the John Muir Trail crowded?

The JMT is insanely crowded. While on the trail for only 13 days I counted over 1,800 people, and this doesn’t include the people in tents I couldn’t see. This means you should expect crowded tent sites. And your odds of experiencing solitude are greatly diminished.

How much does it cost to hike the JMT?

Assuming you are hiking alone, live pretty close to the trail, have all the gear you need and want to eat pretty well; you can expect to shell out at least $825 to hike the JMT.

How many miles a day should you walk on the PCT?

Most people over 10-20 miles a day, with a 16-mile-a-day average. Some days you’ll walk more; some days you won’t walk as much. Create a rough plan of where you’ll be each week and each month, and consider the weather when planning.

What is the hardest section of the PCT?

Hike Info. By far the most difficult stretch of PCT in Washington, Section K puts hikers through a grueling 127-mile trek over harsh terrain and treacherous conditions.

Is it safe to hike the PCT alone?

Trails like the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail are great places to start if you are new to solo hiking. There was rarely a day when I didn’t see people or camp at night with someone. You can choose how much you engage in community and solitude, how much you want to remove yourself from society.