The John Muir Trail Essay

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To talk about this trail we first need to talk about the man that gave it its name, John Muir, he arrived to San Francisco in 1868 where he stayed and fought for the preservation of natural areas like the Yosemite Park. He founded the Sierra club in 1892 and started creating hiking routes so that people could enjoy the beauty of nature. Finally in 1938, one hundred years after his birth, the John Muir trail was finished. This trail and the man behind it certainly have a great history but the beauty that the trail shows the hikers is what truly makes this trail magnificent.
Hikers will pass thru many different terrains as they go thru the JMT, hikers will see many waterfalls that are directly ...view middle of the document...

The third permit that hikers will need is the California Campfire permit that is required in the areas of national forest along the JMT. Getting this permits ahead of time and planning the trip is very important and learning the fauna of the area and where the resupply points are is very important.
There are many different animals that adventurers might encounter on the trail, from little bugs to huge black bears, “Hikers don’t hunt or harm bears, but may be a source of some tasty food” (jmt-hiker.com) it is true that if hikers do not take precaution when hiking they could be attacked by one of this adorable and furry animals that can get quite aggressive when it comes to food, especially at night, that is why buying a good bear proof canister where to keep the provisions is so important. Another thing that hikers don’t want to do is to keep their food with them while they are sleeping, it’s better if the bear tries to get into the canister which is made so that a bear won’t be able to open it than chewing the hiker for dinner. If the worse happens and a bear does take your food having a good amount of resupply points is appropriate. The best thing to do is to have somebody send boxes, that you have previously packed yourself, to the different points along the trail to you so that they are waiting for you when you get there. The ideal is to just place as many items and food as the adventurers will need to get to the next resupply box with something added for emergencies. Hikers don’t want to send themselves too many things because they will already be carrying quite a heavy load on their back with the backpack.
The backpack that every hiker has to carry is the most important piece of equipment they have, in this backpack they have to carry everything they need for the hike. The basic equipment required for this hike is, the pack, that has to be big enough to fit the rest of the equipment, the boots, if possible they should be waterproof because “you never know when your day will include rain or stream crossing” (johnmuirtrail.org).The clothes adventurers need on this trail are quite light as the temperatures during the day are quite warm. The...

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