John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail in North America is estimated to be 211 miles (340 kilometers) long, and takes 15 days* to complete when hiking at an average of 15 miles (25 kilometers) per day.

This trail is also referred to as the JMT.

It is a linear trail, which means that to do a thru hike, you will have to start and end your hike in different places.

The John Muir Trail has 2 terminuses. Most thruhikers choose to start their hike at the Mist Trail & John Muir Trail Trailhead in Yosemite Valley, California, United States and end their hike at the Summit of Mount Whitney in Whitney Portal, California, United States.

A good day of the year to start this hike from the Mist Trail & John Muir Trail Trailhead is August 1.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association takes on the task of maintaining, improving, and advocating for the John Muir Trail as its trail association.


NameJohn Muir Trail
Other Name(s)JMT
Length211 miles (340 kilometers)
ContinentNorth America
Far Out GuideJohn Muir Trail Map
Trail AssociationPacific Crest Trail Association
Terminus AMist Trail & John Muir Trail Trailhead, Yosemite Valley, California, United States
Terminus BSummit of Mount Whitney, Whitney Portal, California, United States

John Muir Trail Thru Hike Budget Calculator

Thru Hike Budget Calculator
Calculate how much it will cost to thru hike a trail.
211 / 15 = 15 days to complete the hike
15 days * $35/day = $525

Estimated Total Budget (USD): $2,525.00

Cade Rosche © 2022
*This data is estimated and should not be relied upon without further research. It is meant as a starting point for hike planning, not as the only information used to plan your thru hike.