John Muir Trail Trip Report

Day 1

10.6 miles

August 20, 2011

Tuolumne Meadows to Lyell Fork Bridge

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Finally, at about 12:30, we were on our way!
The first few miles are scenic and easy hiking along a level trail. We started with a few lower mileage days to acclimate and get our 'trail legs'. We are taking 4 days to hike the 37 miles to Reds Meadow, an average of 9 miles per day. I plan to increase the daily mileage after leaving Vic at Reds Meadow, and will average 12-14 miles a day after that.
The trail begins with an easy, level hike, following the Lyell Fork river for several miles. It is beautiful and serene. Being this close to a major trailhead, there were a lot of hikers on the trail.

  Randy starting the John Muir Trail

Although the trail starts easy, the last 2 miles climbs 1,000 feet and we were tired and feeling the altitude by the end. We made camp just before the Lyell Fork bridge at 7 pm. Some moskies but it wasn't too bad. I had some of my homemade, dehydrated chili for dinner. Freezer bag style!
Tomorrow we have a 1400 ft climb to get to the top of Donohue Pass, and then downhill to Rush Creek. I am looking forward to seeing the view from Donohue Pass again. The 'plan' is to camp tomorrow night on top of Island Pass.
Lyell River
  Lyell Canyon
Lyell River

  High temp today was 70 degrees, clear skies. Perfect hiking weather.

  Looking back at Lyell Canyon
Near Lyell Fork bridge
  Camp near Lyell Fork Bridge

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