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John Muir Trail

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Happy Isles Trailhead
13.5 mi • 6,600 ft gain
Sunrise High Sierra Camp
9.8 mi • 1,000 ft gain
Tuolumne Meadows
10.8 mi • 1,600 ft gain
Lyell Fork
9 mi • 1,500 ft gain
Thousand Island Lake
14.2 mi • 1,700 ft gain
Devil’s Postpile
7.9 mi • 1,800 ft gain
Deer Creek
11.7 mi • 2,400 ft gain
Tully Hole
11.1 mi • 1,800 ft gain
Mono Creek
8.4 mi • 2,500 ft gain
Bear Creek
12 mi • 1,700 ft gain
Muir Trail Ranch
11.2 mi • 2,100 ft gain
McClure Meadow
10.7 mi • 2,400 ft gain
Helen Lake
11.6 mi • 400 ft gain
Deer Meadow
12.8 mi • 3,800 ft gain
Kings River
12.7 mi • 2,000 ft gain
Wood Creek
14.3 mi • 3,500 ft gain
Vidette Meadow
13 mi • 3,600 ft gain
Tyndall Creek
11.5 mi • 2,100 ft gain
Guitar Lake
9.4 mi • 4,000 ft gain
Trail Camp
6.1 mi • 0 ft gain
Whitney Portal Trailhead
Driving directions
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How to get a permit

This trip requires a Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permit. Reservations depend on your start date:


Jun 30 – Jul 6

Limited number of permits available.

3 options


Passed Online lottery

OpensJan 1412:01 AM PST
ClosesJan 2011:59 PM PST
Jan 14–20
Enter lottery
Enter lottery


Passed Online reservations

OpensJan 269 AM PST
Closes3 days ahead11:59 PM PDT
Jan 26 – 3 days ahead
Book online
Passed Unclaimed lottery permits release: Jan 26 at 9 AM PST
Last-minute release: 7 days ahead at 7 AM PDT
Book online


In-person reservations

OpensDay of8 AM PDT
ClosesDay of5 PM PDT
day of
No additional permits released

Don’t want to miss the deadline?

Let us know when you want to go and we’ll remind you to book.

Permit details

Here is how to fill out the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Permit application:

Entry PointHappy Isles → Past LYV (Donohue Pass Eligible)
Exit PointMt. Whitney (Trail Crest Exit)
1st Night Camp AreaSunrise High Sierra Camp

Select a start date

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