Day 11: Over Donahue Pass to Lyle Canyon

29 July 2020 JMT from Waugh Lake Trail to Ireland Lake Trail (10.4 miles, +1,800/-2,500 feet). We slept really well last night to the tune of Rush Creek, undisturbed by human visitors. We enjoyed breakfast and a sunrise and were on our way. We encountered the large group that camped ahead of us right away…

Day 10: Garnet Lake, Thousand Island Lake, and Island Pass

28 July 2020 JMT Ediza Lake Trail to Waugh Lake Trail (7.8 miles, +2,200/-1,600 feet). Well, the big group the surrounded us last night really upset Flower Power.  They were camped about 5 feet away from her and decided to have a very loud conversation from 4am to 5am and shine lights on her tent….

Day 9: Up to Gladys and down to Ediza

27 July 2020 Reds Meadow to JMT Intersection with Ediza Lake Trail (9.6 miles, +3,100/-1,700 feet). It was a little louder in the campground last night than I expected, but that’s why I bring earplugs!  Fortunately, by 10pm the guitar player stopped…. This morning started with some attention to feet before we wandered around the…

Day 8: Down, down, down to Reds Meadow

26 July 2020 Duck Lake Outlet to Reds Meadow (11.4 miles, +700/-3,100 feet). Today was pretty and the trail was really nice and flat and duffy with beautiful views across the Fish Creek and Middle Fork San Joaquin Valleys. But mostly today was about FOOD! And SHOWERS! We awoke to a purply glow in the…

Day 7: Virginia, Purple, and Duck

25 July 2020 Fish Creek to Duck Lake Outlet (6.5 miles, +1,900/-1,400 feet). As of today we were about 7 miles ahead of our planned itinerary, so we decided to slow down to enjoy a series of lakes today and then set up to arrive at Reds Meadow tomorrow afternoon. We had another cozy fire…

Day 6: Hail on Fish Creek

24 July 2020 North Fork Mono Creek over Silver Pass to Fish Creek (10 miles, +3,500/-1,900 feet). Today was all about the weather.  The main goal was to get up and over Silver Pass before the monsoon thunderstorms, but it was a little tough to leave our warm and cozy campsite. But eventually we got going….

Day 5: Bear Creek to Mono Creek North Fork

23 July 2020 Marie Lakes to JMT Mono Creek North Fork(13.1 miles, +1,300/-4,000 feet). Today was sort of ho-hum, but that’s not surprising given how eventful yesterday was.   It was lovely to wake up at the spectacular Marie Lakes where my wife decided to wait out the cold a bit.    

Day 4: Selden Pass

22 July 2020 Florence Lake Trail to Muir Trail Ranch to Marie Lakes (8 miles, +3,700/-800 feet). Today we headed two miles down to Muir Trail Ranch to get our resupply buckets.  There is a sign to Muir Trail Ranch, but there was a cryptic amendment posted below that was somewhat confusing.  

Day 3: Fifteen Miles!

21 July 2020 Evolution Lake to Florence Lake Trail (14.6 miles, +800/-3,900 feet). Today was another monsoon day in the Sierra, but we were far from any peaks and our only job was down, down, down, so we stayed dry.  We made great time (Bee’s Knees loves “bonus miles!”) and set ourselves up nicely to get our…

Day 2: Storm on Muir Pass

20 July 2020 JMT Bishop Pass Trail to Evolution Lake (12.1 miles, +3,500/-1,400 feet). Even though we were at lower elevation and in a nice campsite last night, most of us had trouble sleeping.  I was especially worried about this because today was quite possibly the most challenging day of the trip.  With monsoon conditions promising thunderstorms…

Day 1: Bishop Pass

19 July 2020 Long Lake to LeConte Canyon (9.9 miles, +1,600/-3,600 feet). Today we spent the whole day just getting to the John Muir Trail.  But the trail we were on over Bishop Pass was itself extremely beautiful in ways I did not expect—even though I’ve been here before! Sunrise on Long Lake was amazing.  I was…

Day 0: Night of the Comet

18 July 2020 South Lake to Long Lake (2.1 miles, +1,200/-300 feet). Today we started our two-thirds-of-the-John-Muir-Trail adventure! First I had to rent a monster truck to carry my wife and our friends and all our gear to Bishop. Then we had to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles airport, grab said friends, and get to…