California John Muir Trail Southbound to Mt. Whitney Trek Tour

An Exclusive Wilderness Adventure with Summit Challenge


Venture out on this exclusive trekking expedition set in the high Sierra Nevada, covering the southern half of the 212-mile-long John Muir Trail, from Lake Florence southward to Mount Whitney (14,505'), the highest peak in the continental United States. On this fully supported epic trip along what National Geographic claims as one of the "top ten trails on the planet," camp along mountain lakes, traverse mountain passes, and marvel at wildflower-dotted meadows. Once you've hiked the trail's southern part, be inspired to come back to tackle the northern half! This route is also fully mule-supported and led by top MT Sobek guides.

17 Days

From: $12,995

Venture out on this exclusive trekking expedition set in the high Sierra Nevada, covering the southern half of the 212-mile-long John Muir Trail, from Lake Florence southward to Mount Whitney (14,505'), the highest peak in the continental United States. On this fully supported epic trip along what National Geographic claims as one of the "top ten trails on the planet," camp along mountain lakes, traverse mountain passes, and marvel at wildflower-dotted meadows. Once you've hiked the trail's southern part, be inspired to come back to tackle the northern half! This route is also fully mule-supported and led by top MT Sobek guides.

Highlights


  • Hike through the Sierra Nevada most scenic wilderness trails on this exclusive MT Sobek expedition

  • Enjoy views of stunning mountain peaks and wildflower-dotted meadows -- California's High Sierra at its finest

  • Finish in style by summiting Mount Whitney, the continental United States' highest peak, at 14,505 feet

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California John Muir Trail Southbound to Mt. Whitney Trek

Start: Fresno, California  End: Fresno, California

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Fresno, California

    Day 1

    Arrive in Fresno, California, to check in at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Yosemite Airport, near the Fresno air terminal, by 4pm. At 6pm, join the guides for an orientation and final gear check, along with a welcome dinner near the hotel.

    Accommodation: Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Yosemite Airport

    Meals: Dinner

  • Follow the South Fork of the San Joaquin River

    Day 2

    Meet at 7am after breakfast, then drive about three hours to Florence Lake where you meet the horse-packer and mules to offload the gear. Then begin the first leg of the trip, which starts with a ferry ride across Florence Lake (7,325'). Today's mild acclimatizing hike goes 6.3 miles through lush meadows following the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. There is a 500-foot elevation gain along the way to the camp on the San Joaquin River.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6.3-8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain and 1,050' elevation loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer & ferry ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Piute Creek to Goddard Canyon

    Day 3

    Continue the acclimatization process with another "easy" day on the trail. From Piute Creek, hike 6.2 miles of relatively flat terrain to the junction of the South Fork of the San Joaquin River and Goddard Canyon. Get a good night's sleep here in preparation for the ascent into the famous Evolution Canyon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 3-4 hours/6.4 miles with 1,437' elevation gain and 775' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Reach Evolution Lake

    Day 4

    Today's hike is approximately seven miles with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet into what some call the most spectacular portion of the trail. After a climb out of the river canyon, enter Evolution and then McClure Meadows. In this section the trail parallels Evolution Creek, which teems with golden trout. Camp at the spectacular Evolution Lake (10,852'), a gorgeous deep-blue lake that's one of the prettiest spots in the Sierra.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7.81 miles with 2,820' elevation gain and 425' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Descend into LeConte Canyon

    Day 5

    From your camp at the very edge of the tree line, climb over Muir Pass (11,955'), taking a rest at the 75-year-old stone hut at the crest of the pass. Then descend on rocky terrain into LeConte Canyon (8,735'), with its impressive vertical walls of granite. Here, meet the first food drop on the trip.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 6-7 hours/12.89 miles hiking to 11,955' with 1,815' elevation gain and 3,812' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head for Mather Pass & Camp at Palisades Lakes

    Day 6

    On the way out of LeConte canyon, pass through Grouse Meadow and follow the Middle Fork of the Kings River. At the junction with Palisades Creek, turn east and begin the climb toward Mather Pass (12,100'). After tackling the Golden Staircase, camp short of the pass at Palisades Lakes (10,600') after approximately 9.5 miles.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 5-6 hours/10.85 miles hiking to 12,100' with 3,129' elevation gain and 1,392' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb Mather Pass & Reach South Fork of the Kings River

    Day 7

    From Palisades Lakes tackle Mather Pass (12,100') and then descend through the Upper Basin, losing some 2,000 feet before reaching the South Fork of the Kings River. Stay on the Kings River tonight, enjoying the sounds of the gurgling river.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 5-6 hours/8.87 miles hiking to 12,100' with 1,746' elevation gain and 2,311' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tackle Pinchot Pass & Descend to Crater Mountain Plateau

    Day 8

    Today hike up to the Marjorie Lakes area, a glacier-scoured basin of stark beauty. Enjoy the dazzling scenery of pristine mountain lakes before tackling Pinchot Pass (12,130'). Descend to the Crater Mountain plateau for the night.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 4 hours/7.22 miles hiking to 12,130' with 2,278' elevation gain and 1,732' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Up to Arrowhead Lake

    Day 9

    Today head down into the Woods Creek basin (8,500'), across the "Golden Gate of the Sierra" suspension bridge, and then back up to Arrowhead Lake (10,300'), where you camp.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 5-6 hours/8.49 miles hiking to 10,300' with 2,157' elevation gain and 2,387' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ascend Glenn Pass and Hike to Center Basin

    Day 10

    Continue the journey by passing through the Rae Lakes Basin. Next ascend the rocky switchbacks of Glenn Pass (11,978'), followed by a descent to Vidette Meadow where you meet the second food drop. Continue to Center Basin, hiking amidst the stark beauty of huge precipitous ridges.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 5-6 hours/8.97 miles hiking to 11,978' with 2,581' elevation gain and 3,009' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Face Forester Pass, the Highest On the JMT

    Day 11

    At first light, head up the highest pass on the JMT (as well as the entire Pacific Crest Trail, for that matter) - the Forester Pass at 13,180'. From Forester descend to Tyndall Creek, passing the Diamond Mesa on the way. Make camp below the awesome Mount Whitney Massif.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 7 hours/11.2 miles hiking to 13,180' with 3,389' elevation gain and 2,367' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Wallace Creek

    Day 12

    Today is a shorter day, featuring a hike that goes 5 miles from Tyndall Creek to Wallace Creek. At this scenic spot, enjoy a lazy afternoon resting in a meadow and playing in the creek.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 2-3 hours/4.42 miles hiking to 10,405' with 604' elevation gain and 1,144' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Mt. Whitney Basecamp

    Day 13

    Enjoy a contemplative hike up to Crabtree Meadow, nestled at the base of the Eastern Sierra and the perfect basecamp for Mt. Whitney. Fuel up on an early supper before climbing into your sleeping bags after sundown. Relax in preparation for tomorrow's pre-dawn "alpine start" and your Mt. Whitney summit bid.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 4-5 hours/6.5 miles hiking to 10,975' with 1,952' elevation gain and 859' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Attempt the Summit of Mount Whitney

    Day 14

    Today take off early (at 4am) for the "high" point of the entire trip: a walk-up summit attempt of Mount Whitney (14,495'), the highest peak in the contiguous United States. You have worked hard to get on top, and now is the time to enjoy the 360 degree view that the highest peak in the Continental US affords you. The day's hike is 13 miles roundtrip back to Lower Crabtree Meadow.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 9-10 hours/12.67 miles hiking to 14,495' with 3,621' elevation gain and 4,769' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Meander Crabtree Meadows to Rock Creek

    Day 15

    Today is a leisurely day in terms of terrain: lose 2,000 feet in elevation and then gain 1,900 feet (net gain of only 100 feet) as you meander through Crabtree Meadows on the way to the last night's camp at Rock Creek.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

    Activity: 5 hours/9.23 miles hiking with 1,998' elevation gain and 1,891' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pass Golden Trout Wilderness & Rest in Lone Pine

    Day 16

    The last day on the trail is a long one. Head up from Rock Creek over Cottonwood Pass (11,200'). Have a snack around Chicken Spring Lake on the way out of the Sequoia National Park for the last few miles through the Golden Trout Wilderness. It's 10 miles to the trailhead where picnic lunch awaits, as does the shuttle for a short drive to the nearby Eastern Sierra town of Lone Pine, California, home for the night. After a well-deserved shower, rendezvous for a final dinner.

    Accommodation: Best Western Frontier Motel

    Activity: 5-6 hours/10.53 miles hiking to 11,200' with 1,722' elevation gain and 2,239' elevation loss

    Transportation: 20-minute shuttle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Travel Home

    Day 17

    After a good night's rest and breakfast on your own, depart early with the private shuttle back around the Sierra. The drive back to the starting point, Fresno airport, takes 5 to 6 hours. To build in any unforeseen road delays, plan your flights for the early afternoon, starting after 3pm.

    Transportation: 6-hour private van transfer

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  • 2023
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  • Aug 04 - 20, 2023
    $12,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$450 single supplement
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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Fred Ackerman

Fred Ackerman

Fred enjoyed his first backpacking trip in college, walking 20+ miles in inappropriate footwear and spending a few cold nights in front of the fire without a sleeping bag. He caught the travel bug from there and was soon plotting and executing adventures in California's endless wild places. In addition to being an adventure guide, Fred is also an EMT with a certification in wilderness medicine. He's hiked and climbed thousands of miles around the Sierra including a solo 200+ mile hike of the Sierra High Route. Join Fred on MT Sobek's hiking adventures in California.

Alex Kendrall

Alex Kendrall

Alex grew up in Concord, New Hampshire exploring the mountains of New England. It was here that his spirit and passion for adventure began. Alex's love for shared wilderness experiences has culminated in a degree in Outdoor Education and certifications from the American Mountain Guiding Association (AMGA). Moving to California was the culmination of a dream come true, where he is able to combine his passion for climbing with a career in guiding. He has a tremendous amount of experience in the backcountry and great leadership qualities.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 5. This trip is designed for the seasoned hiker. You are expected to hike with up to 15 pounds in your daypack about 8-12 miles per day (5-8 hours per day) for 15 days straight, with no layover days. We will hike a total of 140 miles on mountain trails that are often steep and uneven. Most elevations are above 9,000', one is over 13,000', and the summit of Mt. Whitney is at 14,495'.
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Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3-4 hours/6.3-8 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain and 1,050' elevation loss

Day 3

3-4 hours/6.4 miles with 1,437' elevation gain and 775' elevation loss

Day 4

4-5 hours/7.81 miles with 2,820' elevation gain and 425' elevation loss

Day 5

6-7 hours/12.89 miles hiking to 11,955' with 1,815' elevation gain and 3,812' elevation loss

Day 6

5-6 hours/10.85 miles hiking to 12,100' with 3,129' elevation gain and 1,392' elevation loss

Day 7

5-6 hours/8.87 miles hiking to 12,100' with 1,746' elevation gain and 2,311' elevation loss

Day 8

4 hours/7.22 miles hiking to 12,130' with 2,278' elevation gain and 1,732' elevation loss

Day 9

5-6 hours/8.49 miles hiking to 10,300' with 2,157' elevation gain and 2,387' elevation loss

Day 10

5-6 hours/8.97 miles hiking to 11,978' with 2,581' elevation gain and 3,009' elevation loss

Day 11

7 hours/11.2 miles hiking to 13,180' with 3,389' elevation gain and 2,367' elevation loss

Day 12

2-3 hours/4.42 miles hiking to 10,405' with 604' elevation gain and 1,144' elevation loss

Day 13

4-5 hours/6.5 miles hiking to 10,975' with 1,952' elevation gain and 859' loss

Day 14

9-10 hours/12.67 miles hiking to 14,495' with 3,621' elevation gain and 4,769' elevation loss

Day 15

5 hours/9.23 miles hiking with 1,998' elevation gain and 1,891' elevation loss

Day 16

5-6 hours/10.53 miles hiking to 11,200' with 1,722' elevation gain and 2,239' elevation loss

Accommodations


We supply all camping and commissary gear, including tents and sleeping pads. You are expected to set up your tent, filter water, etc. Well-appointed hotels bookend the trip.

MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound
MT Sobek Camp-John Muir Trail Southbound

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.

Best Western Frontier Motel
Best Western Frontier Motel

Situated in eastern California's beautiful Owens Valley, the Best Western Frontier Motel features mountain or valley views from its well-appointed guest rooms, each equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi. An expanded complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning. Other amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, guest laundry, and a complimentary airport shuttle.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Yosemite Airport
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Yosemite Airport

Conveniently located two blocks from Fresno Yosemite airport, the Fairfield Inn is clean and modern, and offers all the amenities necessary to rest and recharge on your MT Sobek adventure. The hotel boasts a 24-hour fitness center, heated outdoor pool, in-house restaurant for breakfast, and local restaurant delivery service for dinner. Each room features complimentary Wifi, a flat screen Smart TV for streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, comfortable bedding, electronics dock, coffee maker and microwave.

Weather


Average daytime temperatures are 65-85°F and 15-35°F at night. Like many mountainous regions, storms that bring rain and snow can hit at any time.

 
Aug
Kings Canyon National Park 
High
Low
Kings Canyon National Park
70
32
Mount Whitney 
High
Low
Mount Whitney
61
26
Sierra National Forest 
High
Low
Sierra National Forest
79
63

FAQs


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 client\'s gear and you are responsible for carrying any weight over this.

What section on the John Muir Trail do we hike?

You will hike the second "half" of the actual John Muir Trail, in what is considered the Southern Sierra. (The entire John Muir Trail runs from Yosemite down to Mt. Whitney).

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.

How is water treatment handled on this trip?

We supply water filters on this trip. Water in the Sierra is renowned for its cleanliness, but we still take precautions. As a trip participant you are responsible for filtering your own daily water.

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 folks. 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.

Can I use my loyalty discount for the trip?

Loyalty savings are not available for this trip.

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.

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Guest Reviews


"This was the most challenging hike I have ever experienced. I was not sure if I could do it once we were on the trail, but the guides kept us going and encouraged us when needed."

Donna B.
MT Sobek Guest, California John Muir Trail Southbound to Mt. Whitney Trek

"I've been on quite a number of long high altitude hikes on 5 continents. This was the best equipped, best organized, best provisioned and best led of all of them."

Margaret M.
MT Sobek Guest, California John Muir Trail Southbound to Mt. Whitney Trek