A Guide to Hiking the John Muir Trail

Author's Note

I'm not going to lie -- when 13-year-old me found out that our annual school trip was going to be to Yosemite, I was a little bummed. I liked hiking enough, I guess, but I hated getting rocks in my shoes, and I sure wasn't excited about the possibility of running into a bear. However, I came back a changed girl, and I defy anyone who sits at the top of a mountain overlooking the Yosemite Valley to be unmoved. Twelve years later, I'm a rabid Ansel Adams fan who is still yearning to go back, and writing this article has made me seriously consider putting in for three weeks off work to take a nice, long hike.

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