JMT Devils Post Pile to Yosemite – Day 1

The hike from Devils Post Pile to Ruby Lake was nearly all completely up-hills.  Along the way, we passed Rosalie Lake, Shadow Lake, Trinity Lakes, and Garnet Lake.


The Quick and Dirty:
Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, Devils Post Pile to Ruby Lake
Distance: 12 miles
Difficulty:  Strenuous
Duration:  N/A

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Overview: John Muir Trail – Devils Post Pile to Yosemite Valley

After last years fires in the Sierras smoked us out of our John Muir Trail section hike, we got permits to attempt to do it again this year.  Unfortunately, S could not make it this time and instead a few of my friends (A and E) joined me on the trip.

The schedule was fairly aggressive and it really pushed the hiking team.  While S and I both comfortably hike 15-20 mile days, the other two have never done more than nine miles a day.  We followed as closely to our original itinerary as possible, but having been issued walk-in permits for Half Dome, we accelerated our schedule to meet our permit date.  The number of people on the trail during this time of the year also made it very difficult to find suitable camp sites.

A few quick notes: Yosemite recently changed nearly all of the names throughout the valley, I used an old map and it made it difficult to locate where I was going.


The Quick and Dirty:
John Muir Trail (JMT), between Devils Post Pile to Yosemite National Park
Distance: Approximately 50 miles (+/- a few for Tuolomne Meadows)
Best Time: JMT suggested times (typically August through September)
Duration: Four days (+)
Permits and Restrictions: Permits can be obtained through  Make sure to obtain a fire permit online or at the ranger’s office if you plan on using a stove for cooking. A bear canister is also required for this trail and available for rental at the local ranger station.  Permit pick up at Mammoth Welcome Center (night box options OK).

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Young Lakes, Yosemite National Park, California

The Quick and Dirty:
Location – Yosemite National Park, Young Lakes
Distance – 24 miles one way
Terrain Type – flat to gentle slopes, northern Sierra Nevada region
Difficulty – Moderate Strenuous
Best Time – Summer and Fall
Special Conditions –  US national park, entrance fee required upon arrival, backpacking permit also required.

Duration– 4 days

Louis and I spent labor day weekend backpacking at Young Lakes at Yosemite National Park with a few friends. We left Friday morning and drove up to Yosemite National Park’s Eastern entrance off the Tioga Road into the Tuolumne Meadows. It took approximately 6 hours to drive up to the national park from Southern California. Lodging is $5 a night for backpackers at Tuolumne Meadows backpackers campsite. We planned to meet the rest of our camping party at the campsite on the first day but never found the campground. Instead, we drove all 20 miles east on Tioga Road to Porcupine campground and setup camp there for the night. We did manage to find our friends some time later at the backpacker’s campsite and convinced them to move over to the Porcupine campground since it was close to our starting point the next day:) Porcupine was fine for a car camping campground. We were stuck next to some very loud neighbors and did not sleep very well that night, which reminded us why we enjoy backpacking so much more.
This was our plan for the weekend. We were not able to obtain a backpacking permit from Dog Lake so we opted for the longer hike starting at Murphy Creek and ending at Dog Lake on Monday.
First day, at our lunch spot. The weather was about 75, still too cold to swim in the water.
I brought up the topic of us always wearing the same clothes during backpacking trips to Louis. We are considering wearing something different on our next backpacking trip.
We found a campsite 1.5 miles away from the Glen Aulin junction and stay here for the first night.


Really beautiful waterfall next to the High Sierras Glen Aulin campground on our hike the second day. It was a minor detour on our way to Young Lakes


Day two at one of our peaks.


Even the beautiful view could not cheer Edwin up. Ammar is giving Edwin a pep talk about backpacking.

We arrived at Young Lakes and camped at the lower lake. After everyone went into the lake for a dip, we napped and ventured up to the upper lakes. Next time, I think I’d prefer to camp at the upper lakes.


Alpana, Lisa and I discussing where we are going to eat once we leave the next day. Dinner plans at Tasty Garden in Alhambra for the next day was decided shortly after the photo was taken.

Sun setting, kind of reminded me of Columbine Lake at Mineral Kings.
Enjoying dinner by the lake
 Day 3, hiking back to Dog Lake’s parking lot.
Last photo of the group (with Ammar as the photographer) before saying goodbye to Yosemite.