A team of artists leave their daily lives to hike the John Muir Trail & bring it back to share. 219 miles. 25 days. Come walk with us. You can support this feature-length documentary via Kickstarter. I did. Join me!
"Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer Tom Vanderbilt. A reliance on cars, combined with a lack of sidewalks, means that what started as a push for convenience has become a difficult problem.
The U.S. Forest Service plans to grant free access to nearly all national forest lands, scaling back unpopular recreation fees that have raised the ire of hikers but also sent millions of dollars to Southern California's heavily used forests.
Naturalist John Muir wrote of San Jacinto Peak, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!” Who am I to argue with Muir? At 10,834′ Mt. San Jacinto does indeed reward the determined hiker with wonderful views. You can see the inland empire, Palm Desert, the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, Mt. Palomar in San Diego, Santiago and Modjeska peaks, and on a really clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of Catalina Island.
Day 6 on the John Muir Trail… I woke up before sunrise to take photos. Thousand Island Lake was still, reflecting Banner Peak like a mirror. The sun cast a brilliant yellow glow as it struck the mountains, and we welcomed the warm rays.
Hiker's rescuer sprints up 300 feet of smooth rock, just in time. A Fresno County Sheriff's deputy's gravity-defying sprint saved a hiker as the man started to slide off a ledge on the side of a Sierra Nevada peak.
Muir’s March is a series of extraordinary guided backpacking trips and hikes designed to raise awareness and funds for the campaign to bring the Hetch Hetchy Valley back to life. From July 29 – August 4, 2012 multiple groups, following various routes, will march across Yosemite and converge atop the O’Shaughnessy Dam to rally for restoration. Some will march for seven days, some will trek for four, while others will join in on the last day for a one-day hike.
If you head to Yosemite National Park this time of year and stop by Horsetail Fall at just the right time, you might see something awesome: As the sun sets, the waterfall glows with streaks of gold and yellow — and it looks just like molten lava.
Muir's March to Restore Hetch Hetchy GrowsPR Web (press release)The march, which takes backpackers and hikers into scenic areas rarely experienced by tourists, raises awareness and funds for the campaign to bring the Hetch Hetchy Valley back to life.