Seeing and Climbing Mt. Whitney - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (U.S. National Park Service)
Information about how to view and climb Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous United States
The John Muir Trail now heads south and up above Lake Edison. Parts of the trail have a wooden path which makes following the trail easy. Other parts of the John Muir Trail may be hard to follow especially if snow is still present. When in doubt about where the trail leads, look for rock cairns -- rocks stacked on top of one another. These cairns help lead the way.
The Sierra High Route. Someday, we will do this. It's a 200 mile cross-country hiking route through the Sierra Nevada, almost entirely above timberline, paralleling the John Muir Trail. Jeepers.
Ritter Range, Ansel Adams Wilderness
This was taken late in the afternoon after crossing Donahue Pass southbound into the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the John Muir Trail. This 5 mile stretch is the only section of the Muir Trail east of the Sierra Crest - everything here drains into Mono Lake. A German couple hiking the trail were writing an article on the JMT for a German magazine. We kept passing each other as we stopped to take in the scenery and take pictures. His English wasn't very good, but his comment to me near this…
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The Minarets in Sierra-Nevada - Minarets are visible from John Muir Trail and protected from development by Ansel Adams Wilderness. Much of Sierra Nevada is owned by U.S. Federal government and is either protected from development or strictly managed. Three National Parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia), two National Monuments (Devils Postpile, Giant Sequoia), and 20-wilderness areas lie within the Sierra. These areas protect 15.4% of the Sierra's 24,370 sq mi from logging and grazing.