John Muir Trail, Ansel Adams Wilderness, California.

Ask Me: How Early in the Season Can I Hike the John Muir Trail?

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Hi Michael,

I hope you’re doing great. I had a quick question for you regarding the JMT. I’ve read in Backpacker Magazine that you recommend late August/early September as the best time of the year to hike the trail. What’s the earliest in the season one could do the trail?

Last year I became a Registered Maine Guide and am now devoting time to guiding wilderness canoe expeditions in Maine (and soon in Canada!). So I’m looking for ways to strategically get my personal trips in, between my “professional” river trips. Any advice would be welcome.

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3 Responses to Ask Me: How Early in the Season Can I Hike the John Muir Trail?

  1. Michael   |  May 28, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Sorry that should read “thigh deep powder”. I can’t see how to edit my post.

    • michaellanza   |  May 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Good suggestion, thanks for sharing that, Michael.

  2. Michael   |  May 28, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I’d suggest checking the JMT group on Yahoo. The regulars on their practically live and breath the JMT. There are even a couple of outfitters that post conditions they see themselves or hear from clients coming off the trail. We have had several feet if snow fall in the high Sierras this past May, and the word is that there is though deep powder on Forester and Glenn passes right now as well as Trail Crest on Whitney. It could either melt fast with rising temps or we could continue with the strange weather. Who knows?

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