This John Muir Trail section hike starts at Bishop Pass and exits in Mammoth Lakes. We spend nine days on this 89-mile section of the JMT. We hike over Bishop Pass and enter Kings Canyon National Park. Then we drop into Le Conte Canyon and meet up with the John Muir Trail. We climb over Muir Pass to arrive in the Evolution Basin. We pass by Wanda Lake, Sapphire Lake, and Evolution Lake. From the Evolution Basin, we follow the San Joaquin River into the Evolution Valley. We continue past alpine lakes, deep canyons, and granite peaks until we reach our exit point at Mammoth Pass.

We are planning this trip late in the season because of the damaged bridge in the Evolution Valley. In late August, we expect water levels to be low enough that we can cross the San Joaquin River without using the bridge.

Inclusions

Price includes guiding, shuttle, permits, group camping gear, tents, kitchen gear, all meals, and one resupply. Our meals are healthy and prepared by your guide before the trip. We use good quality dehydrated ingredients to make a variety of delicious, protein-packed meals. We rarely serve pre-packaged dehydrated meals.

Prerequisites

No prior backpacking experience is required, but you should be in good physical shape. For proper acclimatization, we suggest spending at least one night at a moderate altitude, higher than 8,000 feet, just prior to the start of the journey. See our detailed tips on acclimatizing and physical training in the “Resources” tab.