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Recommended Routes in John Muir Wilderness - 7

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Favorite View west from Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult

Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

20.5 mi 33.0 km 6,404' Up 1951.98 m Up 6,405' Down 1952.1 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
Favorite Sapphire Twilight: Mt. Fisk, Mt. Huxley, and Sapphire Lake at twilight. Evolution Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, California.
Difficult

North Lake to South Lake Loop

55.0 mi 88.5 km 9,022' Up 2749.86 m Up 8,473' Down 2582.5 m Down

West Bi…, CA
Favorite Temple Crag.
Difficult

Glacier Lodge to Palisade Glacier

17.9 mi 28.8 km 4,704' Up 1433.63 m Up 4,703' Down 1433.52 m Down

Big Pine, CA
Favorite Gorgeous views and a welcome break await you on the summit of Mount Whitney.
Very Difficult

Mt Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route

9.2 mi 14.9 km 5,928' Up 1806.72 m Up 5,919' Down 1804.14 m Down

Lone Pine, CA
Favorite The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
Difficult

Mammoth Crest - Duck Pass Loop

13.2 mi 21.2 km 2,875' Up 876.21 m Up 2,890' Down 880.93 m Down

Mammoth…, CA
Favorite Frozen silence.
Intermediate/Difficult

Morgan Pass and Gem Lake

8.0 mi 12.9 km 941' Up 286.85 m Up 942' Down 286.97 m Down

West Bi…, CA
Favorite Upper Little Lakes Valley
Difficult

Mono Pass Trail to Summit Lake

4.1 mi 6.5 km 1,773' Up 540.49 m Up 142' Down 43.37 m Down

West Bi…, CA

John Muir Wilderness Running

  • 353 Miles 568 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 40 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 13 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in John Muir Wilderness - 51

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5.5 mi 8.8 km #1Duck Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA 15 
11.9 mi 19.1 km #2Bishop Pass Trail
Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Difficult
Big Pine, CA 15 
7.6 mi 12.2 km #3Kearsarge Pass Trail
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 16 
7.7 mi 12.5 km #4North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Big Pine, CA 14 
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Little Lakes Valley #2912
Intermediate
West Bishop, CA
Intermediate
West Bishop, CA 10 
6.1 mi 9.8 km #6Cottonwood Lakes Trail
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA 20 
8.4 mi 13.5 km #7Mount Whitney Trail
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA 11 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #8New Army Pass Trail
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
Intermediate
Lone Pine, CA
14.1 mi 22.6 km #9McGee Pass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Mammoth Lakes, CA
1.7 mi 2.8 km #10Old Army Pass Trail
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA
Difficult
Lone Pine, CA

Photos of John Muir Wilderness - 181

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Topsy Turvy Lake and the Sierra Crest. This is only about half of the full panorama.
Apr 22, 2017 near Big Pine, CA
Upper Little Lakes Valley
Dec 14, 2020 near West Bi…, CA
The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Sunrise over Little Lakes Valley.
Dec 14, 2020 near West Bi…, CA
Deer Lakes from the eastern ridge of the surrounding mountains
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
From up the rocks north of Blue Lake looking towards the main crest of Sierras.
Apr 21, 2017 near Big Pine, CA
From left to right, Mount Morrison, Mount Aggie, and Mount Baldwin viewed from the northeast ridge of Bloody Mountain.
Oct 16, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
This spot on the shore of Chicken Foot Lake on the Gem Lake/Little Lakes Valley Trail makes the perfect place to stop for lunch.
Jan 25, 2017 near West Bi…, CA