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I haven't hiked it, but I've intersected with it multiple times on mountain bike.  (You're not actually allowed to bring bikes on the trail itself).

 

Those few times I've intersected with it have been absolutely beautiful parts of the trails I was on, almost the highlights of them.  It kind of makes me wonder if Muir hand picked the best parts of the Sierras to do :D

 

I would definitely do it, especially if you have the time.  You won't regret it.

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I haven't hiked it, but I've intersected with it multiple times on mountain bike.  (You're not actually allowed to bring bikes on the trail itself).

 

Those few times I've intersected with it have been absolutely beautiful parts of the trails I was on, almost the highlights of them.  It kind of makes me wonder if Muir hand picked the best parts of the Sierras to do :D

 

I would definitely do it, especially if you have the time.  You won't regret it.

 

Ooooo that is interesting. How about the mountains to sea trail? Or the Sierra Cascades bike route?

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I have hike some small sections of it during hikes in North Cascades National Park in WA.  I can make some gear recommendations if you are interested.  How many days or weeks will you be hiking?  What section are you planning to tackle?  There are a lot of great hikes in the Western US. Some of them coincide with the PCT, many do not.

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Check out the links below.  It's to a website for the film Mile...Mile and a Half.  The film is about a group of video, film and sound people hiking the John Muir Trail and documenting it.  It's actually a great movie/ documentary (we found it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago) and the scenery is amazing!  Through the website, you may be able to find other blogs, journals or forums that can help hikers interested in doing what you want to do.

 

http://themuirproject.com/

 

http://themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

 

 

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Check out the links below.  It's to a website for the film Mile...Mile and a Half.  The film is about a group of video, film and sound people hiking the John Muir Trail and documenting it.  It's actually a great movie/ documentary (we found it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago) and the scenery is amazing!  Through the website, you may be able to find other blogs, journals or forums that can help hikers interested in doing what you want to do.

 

http://themuirproject.com/

 

http://themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

 

 

 

Thanks this is really helpful!

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I have hike some small sections of it during hikes in North Cascades National Park in WA.  I can make some gear recommendations if you are interested.  How many days or weeks will you be hiking?  What section are you planning to tackle?  There are a lot of great hikes in the Western US. Some of them coincide with the PCT, many do not.

 

Actually, I am not too sure to which section I am tackling yet. I am an international that is going to study in the states in fall of 2015. I am not too familiar with the terrain, weather patterns,etc, so do you have any recommendations to where I can learn more about them?

 

I am open for 2-3 months?

 

Unfamiliar terrain, environment, people. I am hoping that this would be a self-transcendental experience.

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I am envious.  I have read dozens of trail journals of those who have done it. 

 

 

http://www.trailjournals.com

 

Also, you need light equipment:

 

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/index.html

 

You will need to think about resupply.  Folks on trail journals talk about the best spots for these.

 

The trail is sort of in 3 parts: the desert, the Sierras, and the wet Northwest.  I have hiked in the Sierras various times and figure that might be where you want to spend the majority of your time.  In normal summers it is fairly dry.  The upcoming summer looks to be an El Nino.  If that is the case read trail journals from 2011 when folks where post holing their way across the Sierras. 

 

The desert portion through southern California sounds dry and gruelling.  A few hundred miles.  By June it will be brutally hot, easily exceeding 100 F, even at 9000 ft.  Given the choice I would probably skip that part.  I have hiked in Anza Borrego, near San Diego in November and it was 90 F.  The rangers thought I was nuts. 

 

I dont know much about the Pacific Northwest except it is wet.  I dont mind a day or two of rain but multiple days starts to create its own form of torture. 

 

Sounds awesome.  You will latch onto people on the way who you can cross creeks and snowfields safely with. 

 

 

 

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