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 4 of our hike.
Today we are hiking from Sunrise Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows. Here are the details in a fancy new table format:
|Miles||Feet Elev. Gained||Feet of Elev. Lost|
|Today||12.00||+ 1607||– 2333|
|Cumulative||43.59||+ 13,453||– 8885|
After a really tough day 3, we’ve earned a relatively flat track. Besides the flat-ish-ness, Today is exciting for a few reasons. When we reach Tuolumne Meadows we will have completed our first supply, our first permit, and the first leg of our hike. Tuolumne Meadows is the frontcountry and has a few things we are undoubtedly looking for. I know I will be craving a real meal (no more freeze-dried foods) and hopefully a root beer.
Before we can enjoy those accomplishments and rewards we need to make it to Tuolumne. And, getting there will take us through more spectacular scenery (this will be a theme of the trip). On the way to Tuolumne we will pass Upper and Lower Cathedral lakes that rest below, you guessed it, Cathedral Peak. My mother and I hiked here from Tuolumne (see above) when we visited a few years ago and I am looking forward to returning.
After passing by the Cathedral Lakes and peaks, we will drop down into Tuolumne Meadows — the high sierra floodplains of the Tuolumne River. Tuolumne has the Tioga road which exits the east side of the park and the expected number tourists and RVs. The shot below has a view of the valley from Lembert Dome, and amazing and short hike to the top of a granite dome. In that valley is a post office where Jessica and I will collect our first resupply package that we mailed weeks ago.