After I hiked the John Muir Path, I deliberate for 22 days on the path. For my part, anyplace from 20-25 days is a reasonably good tempo for the JMT (and remains to be fairly difficult!)
With none hardcore planning upfront, this offers you about 8-10 mile days, and whereas in fact some days you’ll really feel as much as tackling extra mileage, you’ll in all probability additionally need some extra “chill” days in there too.
For instance, our associates Megan and Michael over at Contemporary Off the Grid needed to take a couple of “zero” days (no climbing) to let a extremely, actually dangerous blister heal earlier than they completed the path.
Vital aspect observe: It’s alright to put in extra days for buffer, even should you anticipate to hike it in much less. The essential factor to know is you can’t be on the path longer than your John Muir Path reservation states, so finest guess is to present your self some wiggle room within the software course of.
After I utilized for the JMT, I posted my journey size at 25 days.
>> Now it’s your flip: Resolve how lengthy you wish to hike the path in, and write it down. Don’t take too lengthy on this, actually simply put 25-30 days down should you can’t resolve. Bear in mind you’ll be able to fine-tune your plans later.
There are actually solely 2 elements that can go into your resolution of when to hike the JMT. One issue is, when is it truly NICE to hike it (i.e. not winter), and the second issue is when do you’ve time without work?