Links & References

A wealth of websites and books provide data that must first be filtered for useful information and turned into knowledge. Below are all the links and references from the book Plan & Go | The John Muir Trail as well as some additional ones with high relevance for any prospective JMT hiker. The links are organized according to the chapters of the book.


Chapter 3a Permits

Yosemite Permits
Fax: (209) 372-0739
Phone: (209) 372-0740
Mail: Wilderness Permits, PO Box 545, Yosemite, CA, 95389

YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System)

Glacier Point Bus
Phone: (209) 372-4386

Mt. Whitney Permits   (Enter “Mt. Whitney” in Search for Places)
Phone: (760) 873-2483 (Permits) and (760) 873-2400 (General)
Mail: Inyo National Forest, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200, Bishop, CA 93514

Sierra National Forest Permits
Phone: (559) 855-5360 (esp. for remaining 40% of permits)

High Sierra Ranger District
Phone: (559) 855-5355
Mail: PO Box 559, Prather, CA 93651

Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park


Chapter 3c Travel Arrangements

Public Transport

Rental Cars

Merced: and
Mojave: and
Lancaster:,, and
Most major rental services are located at the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports, as well as in Fresno and Bakersfield.


Chapter 5d Resupply

Resupply Delivery

Cottonwood Pack Station, Phone: 760-878-2015; Located 25 miles west of Lone Pine near Cottonwood and South Fork Lakes serving the John Muir Wilderness.

Frontier Pack Train, Winter phone: 760-873-7971, Summer phone: 760-648-7701; Located in the June Lake Loop serving the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park.

Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit,, Phone: 888-475-8747; Located in the Mammoth Lakes Basin serving the John Muir Wilderness.  Spring and Fall horse drives.

McGee Creek Pack Station,, Winter phone: 760-878-2207, Summer phone: 760-935-4324; Located 12 miles south of Mammoth Lakes serving the John Muir Wilderness.

Red’s Meadow Pack Train, Phone: 760-934-2345 and 800-292-7758; Located near Devil’s Postpile National Monument serving John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses.

Rock Creek Pack Station,, 760-873-8331; Located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, California.

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Additional Links

Various considerations, descriptions, and helpful information.

Calicokat on

Great photography of JMT – stunning sunsets and snowy landscapes.

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Protects and maintains the PCT, of which the JMT is a part.

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

Wide-ranging advice and product line.

Sierra Wild

Joint website of all agencies that manage wilderness areas along the Sierra Nevada.

SoCal Hiker

Detailed description of sections with lots of pictures and impressions.