Granite Park, John Muir Wilderness, California.

Photo Gallery: Backpacking the John Muir Wilderness

In Backpacking   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   3 Comments

By Michael Lanza

Want to know where I shot the mountains photo in the banner across the top of The Big Outside? It was in Granite Park in the John Muir Wilderness, on a 32-mile traverse of one of the highest and most achingly gorgeous sections of California’s High Sierra, from North Lake, outside Bishop, to Mosquito Flat, between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. My route linked up trails with long stretches of rugged cross-country hiking over lake-studded alpine basins and six passes between 11,150 and 13,040 feet, exploring corners of the Sierra rarely seen by people.

John Muir himself would have been pleased, as I think you’ll agree after seeing this photo gallery from that trip.

This story is premium content. Want to read it? Log in or Subscribe for as little as 5 bucks.

Get My Free Email Newsletter

Enter your email address for updates about new stories, gear reviews, and expert tips!

3 Responses to Photo Gallery: Backpacking the John Muir Wilderness

  1. Kody   |  February 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Beautiful photos. Some of my family and I are planning on backpacking the whole thing in the near future. What was the highlight of this trip for you?

    • MichaelALanza   |  February 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Kody, well, besides it being really spectacular every step of the way, the sense of remoteness was quite unique. As I hope the story conveys, it was also a very difficult trip on the off-trail sections.

  2. Paul Leclerc   |  February 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Looks like I have another hike to add to my bucket list!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Like This Story? Get My Free Email Newsletter!

Enter your email for updates about new stories, expert tips, and gear reviews.

Grand Canyon Hiker