John Muir Trail – the best long-distance trail in the USA

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The mountains are calling and I must go! The famous saying stems from John Muir, the explorer and adventurer, who laid the foundation for this breathtaking trail through the wilderness. This true pioneer knew how valuable the raw beauty and silence of nature can be. With every mile you hike on this trail, you will see how right he was—and you'll understand why he loved this region so much.

The John Muir Trail leads through the USA's most beautiful alpine sceneries. Starting in Yosemite, you will cross the country of nine and twelve thousand feet summits, of a thousand lakes, mighty gorges and granite rocks. And it leads you up to an altitude of 14,500 feet (4,400 meters)! Plus, it is blessed with the mild climate and long sunny days—something truly special for a mountain range of this magnitude.

Enjoy every mile, every camping meal, every view, every ascent, every night in your tent. Like any big adventure, good preparation is the key. The trail is not for beginners, not only because it’s long and self-supported, but also due to its rocky, steep and difficult terrain. The checklist before your first day on the trail is long, but the PCT Organisation is offering everything you need online (pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/jmt-faq), from trail conditions to weather, packing lists, where to refill your supplies and everything else you need to know to make this dream come true.

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