How much will it cost me to do the John Muir Trail?

Unfortunately it’s not possible to give a figure that will apply to everyone. If you can drive to the trail, already own the gear that you’ll need, make your own food, and stay on the trail, your outlay will be fairly minimal. However, if you’re coming from abroad, the trail can start to develop ‘trip…

Going solo: hiking the John Muir Trail alone

I was on a high of confidence, joy and a little disbelief in the days after completing a solo thru hike of the John Muir Trail (JMT). Just over 6 weeks later, the strength of the feeling has faded somewhat, although it returns as a warm tingle in my belly and a smile whenever I…

How to travel to the John Muir Trail (and home again)

At first glance, and especially if you are travelling from far afield, getting to the John Muir Trail can appear a little tricky! I’ve broken the different options down into suggestions depending on your circumstances. I’ve assumed a SoBo hike, but they can all be reversed for NoBo’s. By car – in a pair or…

What on earth are you talking about (a trail glossary).

If you are new to backpacking in the USA (and in general), trying to decipher some of the common terms used can get pretty confusing. Some of these terms are unique to the John Muir Trail, but some are more general backpacking terms. Bear locker/ bin (see bear canister, bear/s) Bear bins can be found…

How to create a basic itinerary for the John Muir Trail

Creating a basic itinerary is one of the first things that you need to do. It’ll help you to apply for a permit at the right time, and will give you enough information to start planning other elements of your trip, such as travel, accommodation and resupply. To do this you’ll need to answer two…

How to plan a John Muir Trail thru hike

This post is based on my experience of preparing for the John Muir Trail over about 6 – 9 months. I found it a little overwhelming at first, but once I got going it was really exciting. Six months + out Keen as I was to dive in, I had a few things to consider….

Welcome to the Hackney Hiker

Preparing for the John Muir Trail can be a daunting task. I want to share what I learned along the way to help you to have an amazing adventure.