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Thru-hike the John Muir Trail: Gear List & Strategy 2022


The John Muir Trail, a 211-mile hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is considered the most iconic thru-hike and backpacking trail in the US. Also called the Nüümü Poyo Trail or NPT, this trail climbs Mt. Whitney, travels through Yosemite and Sequoia National Park, and passes by Half Dome. I’ve thru-hiked the JMT 4 times, spent 3 summers living in the Sierra hiking along the JMT after work, and authored the book Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike. The JMT gear list features what I’ve learned from 4 thru-hikes of the JMT, along with numerous other long trails and routes. The strategy includes how to get JMT permits, the permit process, resupply, a 21-day sample itinerary, and details on JMT section hikes.

My goal is to walk you through a step-by-step guide on what gear to carry as weather and ecosystems change from a 4,040-foot elevation at Happy Isles in Yosemite to a 14,505-foot elevation at the JMT’s highest point on Mt. Whitney (and the highest peak in the lower 48).

Whether you’re planning a dream long-distance hike or section hiking parts of the JMT,  this in-depth guide will give you guidance for your JMT gear checklist and strategies for hiking and developing self-care routines to thrive on your journey.

If you are interested in learning more, read Liz Thomas's full article here


May 9, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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