The John Muir Trail (JMT) is one of the finest hikes to be found anywhere in the world. The full hike reaches about 200 miles from Yosemite National Park to the high point of the lower forty-eight states, Mount Whitney, and takes about 20 days.

But not everyone can take the time to do this.

So here is a short four day segment of the trail that more slowly takes us through some of the most beautiful portions of the JMT. This hike has a little of everything, condensing the best parts down to four days: a wide river valley, a high pass crossing, great views, stunningly beautiful lakes and jagged peaks.

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