15 Views That Will Inspire You to Hike the John Muir Trail

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Jaw-dropping scenery that will make you want to hit the outback.

Considered one of the most scenic trails in the country, the John Muir Trail runs 211 miles north to south along the backbone of the High Sierra and is named for the nation's most influential naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club. Beginning among the glaciated granite domes of Yosemite, the JMT traverses three national parks, 10 passes over 10,000 feet, and ends on the highest point in the contiguous United States, the 14,505-foot summit of Mount Whitney.

In conjunction with our series of JMT adventures, we've aggregated a collection of 15 views that may well inspire you to add this iconic adventure to your bucket list. They sure have for us. Enjoy the scenery, and happy trails!


A JMT hiker climbing toward Muir Pass (11,955 feet) with Lake McDermand, Wanda Lake, and Mount McGee int he background.

(Courtesy of Rini Sugianto)

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