41. High Sierra Trail, Sequoia National Park, California (72.2 miles)Learn More
Parts of the John Miur Trail can feel like a human highway. The High Sierra offers all the same scenery—in fact, it roughly parallels the Muir in places—but without the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds. From the trailhead in Sequoia National Park, the route wanders up and down a ridgeline that crosses the Sierra Nevadas from east to west, with huge vistas of the Great Western Divide. Much of it’s above 10,000-feet, with the highest point coming at the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,508-feet). It’s about as far from civilization as it’s possible to get these days, though as you descend to the Kern River, a hot springs bath awaits you at a spot where the water has been captured in a manmade wooden tub.
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