Hiker Feedback: Backpacking John Muir Trail from Ireland Creek to Donohue Pass


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 17 July 2017

 Southbound John Muir Trail

This page contains links to the Maps, miles, images and information for backpackers hiking South on the John Muir Trail towards Reds Meadow. But the most important function of this page as the place for backpacker's feedback, experiences, comments, and questions about this segment of trail. Let's call this the place for "supplemental" information about this segment of trail.

This page covers the John Muir Trail continuing South from the Ireland Creek trail junction to our entrance into the Ansel Adams Wilderness through Donohue Pass.

Again, this is the place for backpacker and hiker updates, information, or to share experiences on this segment of the John Muir Trail South into Lyell Canyon. 

 

The Trail Guide page covering this segment of trail is the,

John Muir Trail from Ireland Creek trail junction to Donohue Pass.

 

The Ireland Creek-Lake trail junction at the start, the South end of this segment of trail, leads Southwest towards Merced Lake and Yosemite Valley below, via Vogelsang High Sierra Camp:

Lyell Canyon at Ireland Creek to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

From Vogelsang High Sierra Camp local backpackers hiking loops out of Tuolumne Meadows can also catch the trail through Tuolumne Pass down Rafferty Creek to Lyell Canyon just South of Tuolumne Meadows. 

 

Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker Resupply Facilities

 

 

The miles covering this section of the John Muir Trail to Reds Meadow are found 
on the miles and elevations page,

Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow miles and elevations

 

 

The Backpacking Map for this segment of trail is the

Merced Lake to Donohue Pass to Island Pass Region Map

 The map above covers our route options from the trail junction at Ireland Creek in Lyell Canyon.

 

Camping Restrictions

 Yosemite restricts camping within a certain number of miles from all starting trailheads, typically at around four miles out.
This Yosemite Rules Map PDF specifies those distances camping is prohibited, including South out of Tuolumne Meadows both up Rafferty Creek and down the canyon towards the Ireland Lake trail junction, and Donohue Pass.

Post up your experiences with trips passing South through, or starting South out of Tuolumne Meadows on the JMT. What would you suggest? What happened?

 

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