• Kate Sielmann

The Best Long Trek To Do In July - John Muir Trail Trek

You'll find the most important details you need to know about this trek here, ranging from average cost to the nearest airport, aswell as a brief description of what you should expect on this trek.

FYI - This is part of a series of blogs that describe and detail the best short and long treks around the world per month. The trek per month is not random, I chose the best treks with the best climate conditions per month. Type in August in the search bar of my blog section and find out what the best treks to take are in August



Name of the Trek: John Muir Trail Trek

Location: California

Nearest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport

Average Trekking Duration: 21 days

Distance: 340 km

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Altitude: 2,400m

Best Month To Go: July

Average Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius


Average Cost: For trekking on the John Muir trail, trekker or hiker need to spend as much as USD $500 on foods and USD $300 more approximately on getting fuel for boiling water or cooking. The total cost for the hike would be anything around USD $1200.


However, if you are mountaineering solo or in a group, make sure to seek the permit for a trek at least 168 days before you wish to commence it. The permits are lottery-based, and so, only if you qualify and get lucky, you can get it. There are permits for the four trailheads, allowing you to enter and access JMT. There is a permit for side trips, including the Half Dome summits. It is worth the effort, and you will surely benefit from this too.

John Muir trail begins from Yosemite National Park and takes you through a long trail until you reach the summit of Mt. Whitney. The trekking route will cover Sierra Mountain range, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, and more. There are 6 mountain passes for the trekkers to check along the way.


JMT as John Muir Trail is more of a long route than being unpredictable. The difficulty during the trial will be in getting used to the elevation gains and losses all through the trail. You need to remember following the LNT guidelines before starting the trek here.


What to Expect?

Scenic vistas all through John Muir Trail will be a welcome you can look forward to as you trek. Plenty of streams offer freshwater for drinking and cooking along the way. Talking about the negative, it becomes impossible to take the food for a 21-days trek. You need to ship in resupplies for food. The best aspect of this trail is it has signposts and markers everywhere. This is why trekking solo will not be an issue here.


Make sure to hike from north to south to acclimatize progressively. Fording rivers are a real concern. Check the local maps and weather reports at the time of your trek.


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