Best of the West

I recently had the pleasure of doing the "Best of the West" through World Expeditions/ATW. I must commend to you the most excellent experience we had with our tour leader. He was exceptional in his attention to detail, his knowledge, his sense of humour and his thorough professionalism. Well done and thanks for a truely marvellous trip.

E.C | Australia

John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is one of the finest hikes in North America. The route starts with the multi-day hike to the high point of the lower forty-eight states, Mt Whitney (4418m), and winds its way over two hundred miles to Yosemite Valley. We will need to carry everything for the trip, so carrying a full pack of around 20kg is usual. Food stocks are re-supplied at a number of stages making our packs lighter, but packing carefully is essential. We'll hike 10-24km per day and we can expect the unexpected, so solid trekking experience and long multi-day trekking is essential. Along the way the trail climbs over 3000-4000m passes, wanders beneath high alpine peaks and traverses beautiful meadows and forested river valleys. The spectacular scenery is combined with the generally clement weather of California and warm summer temperatures. This is truly a trip of a lifetime to be remembered for years to come. We realise that not everyone has 23 days to spare and so we also have options to complete the trail in segments over consecutive summers, please ask us for details.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Gear check and overnight Cottonwood Lakes Campground (3000m)
DAY 2 Hike to Chicken Springs Lake
DAY 3 Hike to Lower Rock Creek
DAY 4 Hike to Crabtree Meadow
DAY 5 Summit Mt Whitney (4418m) and return to Crabtree
DAY 6 Hike to Tyndall Creek
DAY 7 Hike to Vidette Meadows via Forester Pass (4025m)
DAY 8 Hike to Rae Lakes via Glen Pass (3650m)
DAY 9 Hike to Woods Creek
DAY 10 Hike to Lake Marjorie via Pinchot Pass (3690m)
DAY 11 Hike to Upper Basin
DAY 12 Hike to Grouse Meadow via Mather Pass (3670m)
DAY 13 Hike to Big Pete Meadow
DAY 14 Hike to Wanda Lake via Muir Pass (3645m)
DAY 15 Hike to Upper San Joaquin River
DAY 16 Hike to Marie Lake via Seldon Pass (3315m)
DAY 17 Hike to Quail Meadows area
DAY 18 Hike to Chief Lake via Silver Pass (3320m)
DAY 19 Purple Lake
DAY 20 Johnson Meadow
DAY 21 Hike to Thousand Island Lake
DAY 22 To Lyell Canyon via Island Pass (3110m) and Donahue Pass (3370m)
DAY 23 Finish hike at Tuolumne Meadows

traveller reviews

Most memorable part was the Summit of Mount Whitney. Make no mistake, this one is tough! But the effort is well worth while. The experience of hiking and camping in the stunning high Sierra wilderness is just fantastic.

T. Hammock UK

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Trip Code: JMT
Trip Grading: Challenging
Duration:  23 days
Activities:  Trekking
Next Trip:  07 July 2017
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