|The start of the John Muir Trail.|
The trail runs through the High Sierra back country and wilderness, through a number of national parks and national forests. After Tuolumne meadows (20 odd miles in) you do not cross/pass a road until Whitney Portal. Apart from 5 ‘proper’ campsites (toilets, maybe showers), the campsites consist of a bare patch of ground with a lake or steam nearby for water. No toilets, no shops, no pubs, no showers, no bus, and no ice cream vans!
|The Yosemite Valley|
Compared to other long distance trails in the USA, it’s very popular, so it is regarded as a bit of a ‘highway’, however in comparison to most UK trails it will seem like true wilderness! There are bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, marmots, chipmunks and squirrels to contend with, along with the weather, forest fires and the ubiquitous runner who will appear as you are climbing up a hill looking a sweaty mess.
|Nevada Falls, Yosemite.|
Now it’s obvious that I may need a little training and preparation for this adventure. The furthest I have walked on a multi-day trip (both 4 days) up to now is around 53 miles on the Peddars Way and 46 miles on the Norfolk Coast Path, and it’s fair to say I suffered with my feet, leg muscles, chaffing, endurance and fitness. It short I was knackered and would of struggled to do another day.
|My new campmate... picture not taken in Norfolk...|