Trip Prelude…the Car Trip Getting There

Distance Covered — Bellingham to Yosemite National Park (980 miles) My daughter Shannon, her boyfriend Kevin, and I set off on the morning of August 6 to drive to Yosemite. Shannon and Kevin had decided to turn a much appreciated drop-off of me at the trailhead...

Day 1 John Muir Trail

Yosemite Valley (Happy Isles) to Sunrise Camp Total JMT miles — 13.2 Elevation gain/loss — +6405 feet/-1265 feet I left the Yosemite backpacker camp at 8:00 am on August 10 for the long trek up and out of the valley floor. My pack was heavy (57 pounds),...

Day 2 John Muir Trail

Sunrise Camp to Evelyn Lake Junction Total JMT miles — 16.2 Elevation gain/loss —  +590/-1030 As mentioned in the previous post, I had a tough Day 1 followed by a rough sleep full of bear worries. The coolest thing about the morning of Day 2 was the coyote...

Day 3 John Muir Trail

Evelyn Lake Junction to Emerald Lake Total JMT miles — 14.2 Elevation gain/loss — +2720/-1820 Day 3 dawned cool and crisp.  The night temperature had dropped to freezing, I realized as I collected my previous days rinsed socks that were stiff with frost. I...

Day 4 John Muir Trail

Emerald Lake to Red’s Meadow Total JMT miles — 16.5 Elevation gain/loss — +670/-2850 I awoke early as usual on Day 4, a habit that, conveniently or not, I brought with me from Bellingham. My waking time in “normal” life is between 4:30...

Day 5 John Muir Trail

Red’s Meadow to Virginia Lake Total JMT miles  —  15.7 Elevation gain/loss  —  +2950/-330 I awoke on Day 5 in a surprisingly decent mood after the previous evening’s events. Getting myself worked up  over the crowd of late-arrival backpackers,...

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