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California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek

Fresno, California to Fresno, California

California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek
Tackle the northbound half of the John Muir Trail set in California's stunning Sierra Nevada, beginning in Lake Florence and ending at Yosemite National Park's beautiful Tuolumne Meadows. Traverse mountain passes through several protected zones, including the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas - totaling 103 miles through dazzling scenery of 13,000-foot peaks, countless lakes, huge granite walls, and rich meadows. The hiking is tough but you'll travel light, as the trip is fully aided by mule support and expert MT Sobek guides who share local legends.
  • Hike 103 miles on one of the most scenic wilderness trails in the world
  • Take in spectacular protected areas, including the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness
  • Descend from the Pacific Crest to Yosemite's high-elevation Tuolumne Meadows with its meandering river

Minimum Age: 15
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
12 Nights Starting At
July 10, 2022 through July 22, 2022
Book by:
July 06, 2022 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Arrive in Fresno, California
Day 3
Hike Over Selden Pass to Rosemarie Meadow
Day 4
Descend to Mono Creek
Day 5
Head Up to Chief Lake
Day 6
Pass Tully Hole & Camp at Duck Lake
Day 7
Onward to Red’s Meadow
Day 8
Reach Ansel Adams Wilderness & Shadow Creek
Day 9
Enjoy Layover Day at Shadow Creek
Day 10
Hike Over Island Pass to Rush Creek Camp
Day 12
End the Trek and Return to Fresno
Day 13
Depart Fresno
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Dates & prices
Additional Offers
July 06, 2022 7:00 PM
July 10, 2022 through July 22, 2022
12 Nights from $8,495.00
(USD) Per Person
August 24, 2022 7:00 PM
August 28, 2022 through September 09, 2022
12 Nights from $8,495.00
(USD) Per Person
July 05, 2023 7:00 PM
July 09, 2023 through July 21, 2023
12 Nights from $8,495.00
(USD) Per Person
August 23, 2023 7:00 PM
August 27, 2023 through September 08, 2023
12 Nights from $8,495.00
(USD) Per Person
Accommodations
MT Sobek: California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek

Day: 1, duration: 1
DoubleTree by Hilton

Conveniently located in near a variety of entertainment and dining options, this DoubleTree is clean, modern, and offers all the amenities necessary to rest and recharge on an MT Sobek adventure. With several national parks within driving distance, the hotel boasts a fitness center, heated pool, atrium, in-house restaurant, bar, and café. Each room features a flat screen HDTV, comfortable bedding, electronics dock, and room service from 6am-10pm.

Day: 2, duration: 10
MT Sobek Camp—John Muir Trail Northbound

We supply all camping and commissary gear, including tents and sleeping pads. We encourage clients to bring their own sleeping bag, rated to 15 degrees in the 2-3 pound range. We encourage this because everyone sleeps differently, some need a really warm bag, others not so much thus having your own will ensure more comfort than renting. We also provide a crazy creek chair for every trip member. Previous camping experience is required for this trip! Guides will assist clients with their tents on the first night, but then it is up to the clients to set up their tents after that.

Day: 12, duration: 1
DoubleTree by Hilton

Conveniently located in near a variety of entertainment and dining options, this DoubleTree is clean, modern, and offers all the amenities necessary to rest and recharge on an MT Sobek adventure. With several national parks within driving distance, the hotel boasts a fitness center, heated pool, atrium, in-house restaurant, bar, and café. Each room features a flat screen HDTV, comfortable bedding, electronics dock, and room service from 6am-10pm.

Guides
MT Sobek: California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek

Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek

Reason #01

This epic trek is aided by full mule support to allow for greater ease on the trail and to traverse this beautiful landscape as many pioneers of California's historical past have done.

Reason #02

Expert MT Sobek guides entertain with in-depth knowledge of local flora, fauna and legends about the great explorers who first blazed these trails.

Reason #03

MT Sobek's legacy of preservation and protection enables us to operate in over 30 Global National Park adventures. Stewardship and collaboration with National Parks allows for us to contribute to accessibility of these Federally protected resources.

Activities

Strenuous hikes with elevation changes up to 3,555' paired with stunning scenery, dining and camping outdoors, and time to unwind and take it all in.

Lodging

Camps in pristine settings along the way and a full-service hotel as the bookend, featuring an outdoor pool and spa to enjoy before and after the expedition.

Climate

We will be camping at 9,000-10,000', and there can be snow on the ground. Daytime temperatures are 65-85°F and 20-35°F at night.

What do I have to carry on this trip?

You only carry your daypack the entire way. Mules & guides will carry 15 pounds of each guest's gear and you are responsible for carrying any weight over this.

Does this trip include Mount Whitney?

This itinerary does not include the climb of Mount Whitney. If you are interested in the "southbound" half that does include the climb, see our award-winning trip John Muir Trail: Southbound to Mount Whitney.

How is water treatment handled on this trip?

We supply water filters on this trip. Although the water in the Sierra is renowned for its cleanliness, we still take precautions. You are responsible for filtering your own daily water.

What are the toilet and shower procedures?

We provide everything needed for a comfortable wilderness toilet experience. Certain "Leave No Trace" practices apply, and your guide will go over this as part of the camp orientation. One 5-gallon solar shower will provide some warm water for washing/showering up.

What can I expect from my guide?

All our professional mountain guides are trained in wilderness medicine at the professional level and are experienced backcountry leaders. They are well versed in the natural and cultural history of the area, cook excellent food, and are fun, personable people to spend time with.

What are my duties while on this camping trip?

You are responsible for setting up and taking down your own tent, packing your personal gear, and filtering your own water. Our guides are always available to assist. Other camp chores such as cooking, cleaning, hauling water, etc. are left to the guides.

What happens if the weather conditions are bad?

MT Sobek is proud to offer trips in protected wilderness settings.

As with any backcountry adventure, unforeseen natural events can impact your trip, including extreme weather conditions, snow levels and wildfires. As your health and safety are paramount, our expert guides and office staff will respond to these natural occurrences accordingly which may result in canceling, redirecting or shortening the trip.

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.