Terrific Trails – John Muir Trail

Terrific Trails – John Muir Trail

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In September, Kristen Bor spent 22 glorious days hiking 220 miles on the John Muir Trail. She describes it as an incredible experience! This is a collection of some of her favorite photos from the trip.


Day 1 – Well this was a good way to start off the trip! Starting in Yosemite, we took a detour to the top of Clouds Rest and were not disappointed. This view was just a glimpse of what we were in for over the next 22 days.


Day 4 – We decided to veer off of the trail at mile 40 in hopes of finding a secluded campsite for the night. This was the view from our spot overlooking Davis Lake. The clouds made for a gorgeous sunset.


Day 11 – By the 11th day, I was feeling super strong and in my groove. This is the view as we climbed Seldon Pass at 10,870 feet with Marie Lake below


Day 14 – The dreaded Golden Staircase. Everyone on the trail was talking about how tough this 1,500 foot stairmaster-like ascent was going to be. Luckily the views as I climbed distracted me from the burning in my thighs.


Day 15 – This old rickety suspension bridge was swaying like crazy as I crossed Woods Creek. I admit, it was slightly nerve wracking.


Day 17 – This spot on Middle Rae Lake was one of my favorite campsites on the entire trail, and we had camp all set up by 2pm. This left us hours of daylight to swim, sunbath, and enjoy our surroundings, making for a super memorable afternoon.


Day 18 – Another reason why Middle Rae Lake was one of my favorite campsites. The morning sunrise led to the most perfect reflections. A photographers dream!


Day 18 – I just love this 12,000 foot view from the top of Glenn Pass, and all of these multicolored lakes dotting the landscape. Gorgeous!


Day 21 – Here I am taking it all in on our last afternoon on the trail. We found this perfect little campsite above Guitar Lake, and I can’t think of a better place to reflect on our journey. The next day we would be getting up at 2am to hike to the top of the tallest mountain in the lower 48 to catch the sunrise, and then we would be heading back into civilization. I wasn’t sure I was ready for it to be done.


Day 22 – Well that’s a wrap! We made it to the top of Mt. Whitney just in time for sunrise. At 14,505 feet, it was absolutely freezing, but nothing could take me down from this high. The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming to say the least.

For more photos, trip reports, and planning information on the John Muir Trail, please visit my website http://bearfoottheory.com

Kristen is the blogger behind Bearfoot Theory, an adventure travel site for the everyday explorer. In April, she left her Washington-DC based job in politics and relocated to Las Vegas, so she could pursue a full-time blogging career. Her mission with Bearfoot Theory is to be a source of inspiration and information for everyday people who are looking to spend more time outside. In her free time, you can find her hiking and exploring the natural wonders of Vegas and nearby Southern Utah, taking her new mountain bike for a spin, or practicing her hand at photography. 

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