On the JMT – Day 12

Jessica and I are hiking the John Muir Trail which we will follow for 238.8 miles through 6 federally protected areas including Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Before the trip we prepared a quick summary of our plans for each day. That way our parents curious folks can follow along. Use this link to see all of the posts. Today is day 12 of our hike.

Today we are hiking from Marie Lake over Selden Pass to Muir Trail Ranch.

Miles Feet Elev. Gained Feet of Elev. Lost
Today  7.73 + 616 – 3510
Cumulative 128.68 + 32,388 – 29,809

By camping at Marie Lake last night, we set ourselves up for an easy morning climb over Selden Pass. At the crest, we should be able to look back at our campsite from the night before:

From Selden Pass, we are walking straight downhill to Blayney Meadows where Muir Trail Ranch is located. We couldn’t be more excited for MTR (thanks Lizzie + Chris and Doug + Elizabeth) where we’ll spend two nights. They provide all of our meals, mattresses, plumbing, and some epic hot springs. We’ll see you in two days!

 

On the JMT – Day 11

Jessica and I are hiking the John Muir Trail which we will follow for 238.8 miles through 6 federally protected areas including Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Before the trip we prepared a quick summary of our plans for each day. That way our parents curious folks can follow along. Use this link to see all of the posts. Today is day 11 of our hike.

Today we are hiking from Quail Meadows near Vermilion Valley Resort to Marie Lake which lies just below Selden Pass.

Miles Feet Elev. Gained Feet of Elev. Lost
Today  11.83 + 3993 – 1329
Cumulative 120.95 + 31,772 – 26,299

Depending on how far we went yesterday, we have a pretty standard JMT day for us today: around 11 miles with three thousand or so feet of elevation gain. Our goal today is to get to the beautiful Marie Lake which is just below Selden Pass.

To get to Marie Lake (above), we will have to climb a 2000′ ridge and then walk along Bear Creek (below) for about four miles. I’ve read that Bear Creek has some amazing swimming spots, so I hope Jessica can get a good rinse. I am guessing that by now she smells terribly!

On the JMT – Day 10

Jessica and I are hiking the John Muir Trail which we will follow for 238.8 miles through 6 federally protected areas including Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Before the trip we prepared a quick summary of our plans for each day. That way our parents curious folks can follow along. Use this link to see all of the posts. Today is day 10 of our hike.

Today we are hiking from Squaw Lake over Silver Pass towards the Quail Meadows near Vermilion Valley Resort.

Miles Feet Elev. Gained Feet of Elev. Lost
Today  7.48 + 830 – 3219
Cumulative 109.12 + 27,779 – 24,970

Whew! This is about as easy as it gets! After packing up at Squaw Lake, we head up and over Silver pass. On the way we should get great views (like below) of the native american theme named lakes: Squaw, Warrior, Chief, and Lake of the Lone Indian.

After the pass, it’s straight downhill towards Quail Meadows. Given how easy this day is, we may elect to push on past Quail Meadows…but who knows?!?