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    High Sierra Hut to Hut!

    High Sierra Hut to Hut!

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    The High Sierra Hut to Hut is a brilliant link up of two trans-Sierra hikes by way of one of the most scenic and remote sections of the John Muir Trail.

    Hut to Hut in the High Sierra??  Yep, that’s right but only for those willing to go for big days of light and fast. By connecting fully equipped mountain lodges with 20 mile stretches of trail, we can go as light and fast as a day tripper, but see so much more. If you are a trail runner that likes the concept of ultralight backpacking with a fraction of the weight, and without the rigors of wilderness camping then this is your jam!

    This trip has a minimum of 2 to run at this price on these dates.

    As light and fast as you can go in the High Sierra, and in comfortable style!

    Hut to Hut fastpacking means moving rapidly, unencumbered, and with maximum comfort. We use mountain lodging on the western edge of the John Muir Wilderness to allow a guided, point to point, multiday Sierra adventure with nothing but a light running pack and the clothes on your back. If you’d like 20 miles of perfect trails followed by a glass of wine, a home-cooked meal, a shower, or a soak in natural hot springs then join us for this special event offered only once in September, after the Labor Day holiday.

    The High Sierra Hut to Hut is a brilliant link up of two trans-Sierra hikes by way of one of the most scenic and remote sections of the John Muir Trail. The route starts and finishes on the Eastside of the range. We stay at the Vermillion Valley Resort at Lake Thomas Edison on the first night, then at the Muir Trail Ranch for two nights. The Vermillion Valley Resort is near the John Muir Trail. They provide a ferry to transport us across the lake to the lodge, which has all of the amenities of a roadside fishing lodge. The Muir Trail Ranch is a unique private landholding amidst the wilderness and is a popular stop and resupply point for John Muir Trail hikers. It features quaint log cabins, gourmet home-cooked cuisine, and natural hot springs in private tubs! We allow an extra day here to rest, ride horses, fish, or to explore places like Evolution Valley or Goddard Canyon. We can arrange to have non-running friends or family meet you here and spend a night or two, just ask us for details! Anyone who really knows the JMT can tell you that THIS is a unique and amazing adventure through wilderness on foot. As light and fast as you can go in the High Sierra, and in comfortable style!

    • Included
      Hut to Hut
      John Muir Wilderness
      mountain running
    • Not Included
      3D chute
      3rd pillar
      3rd Pillar Dana
      AIARE 1
      AIARE 2
      Alaska skiing
      alpine climbing
      alpine rock climbing
      Alps climbing
      Alps running
      Alps skiing
      Alps trilogy
      American Mountain Guides Association
      avalanche awareness
      avalanche course
      backcountry 101
      backcountry ski
      Backcountry Skiing
      backcountry snowboard
      Bear Creek Spire
      Berner Oberland
      Bernese Oberland
      Bishop Skyline
      Blacksmith Peak
      Bloody Mountain
      California fourteeners
      Cardinal Pinnacle
      Carson Peak
      Celestial Aretes
      Chamonix climbing
      Charlotte Dome
      classic rock climb
      classic Sierra rock
      climbing camp
      climbing skills
      climbing Swiss Alps
      Clyde Minaret
      Convict Creek
      courses instruction
      Crest tour
      Crystal Crag
      custom private ski
      Dana Plateau
      Devil's Slide
      Dolomites climbing
      Double Eagle Resort
      Dream Bowl
      East Buttress
      East Face
      Eastern Sierra climbing
      Eastern Sierra skiing
      Eastern Sierra Winter
      Evolution Loop
      Fishhook Arete
      Four Seasons
      Glass Creek
      guide course
      Haute Route
      heli assisted
      heli skiing
      Hemlock Ridge
      High Sierra
      High Sierra skiing
      high tour
      Horse Creek
      Horsetail Falls
      ice 101
      ice axe
      ice climbing
      ice climbing course
      Incredible Hulk
      intermediate level
      introductory ice climbing course
      John Muir Trail
      June Lake
      June Mountain
      Kautz Glacier
      kids climbing programs
      Las Vegas
      lee vining
      Lee Vining area
      lee vining canyon
      level 1
      level 1 refresher
      level 2
      light and fast
      Lone Pine
      Lone Pine Peak
      Lovers Leap
      Mammoth Lakes
      Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
      Mammoth Mountain
      Mammoth to June
      Mammoth to Yosemite
      Matterhorn Peak
      McGee Creek
      Merriam Peak
      mixed climbing
      Mont Blanc
      Mont Blanc run
      Mount Conness
      Mount Dana
      Mount Emerson
      Mount Gabb
      Mount Humphreys
      Mount Mills
      Mount Rainier
      Mountaineers Route
      Mt Conness
      Mt. Dana
      Mt. Emerson
      Mt. Humphreys
      Mt. Russell
      Mt. Sill
      Mt. Tom
      Mt. Whitney
      Mt. Winchell
      North Palisade
      North Peak
      north ridge
      onion valley to mt. whitney
      Owens River Gorge
      pack outfit
      pack support
      Palisades Glacier Camp
      peak descents
      Peter Croft
      Pine Creek
      Polemonium Peak
      Positive Vibrations
      private custom
      professional development
      Red and White Mountain
      Red Dihedral
      red rock
      Red Slate Mountain
      rescue skills
      Ritter Range
      rock 201
      rock climbing
      Rock Creek
      Rock Creek to Mammoth
      Sabre Ridge
      San Joaquin Ridge
      self arrest
      self belay
      self rescue
      Sequoia National Park
      Sierra 5.10
      sierra alpine
      Sierra Mountain Guides
      Sierra Nevada
      Sierra skiing
      single pitch instructor
      ski guiding
      ski mountaineering
      ski tour
      ski touring
      snow skills
      sport climbing
      Starlight Peak
      Temple Crag
      third pillar
      Thompson Pass
      Thunderbolt Peak
      trad climbing
      trail running
      Twin Lakes
      Ultra Trail Mont Blanc
      Via Ferrata
      white line
      wilderness trip
      yosemite national park
      Yosemite ski
      Yost Meadow
      Zermatt Valley
    TRIP ITINERARY: High Sierra Hut to Hut!
    DAY 0 Meet at the Sierra Mountain Guides office in Bishop, CA. This is an important logistical meeting to make sure everyone is prepared for the trip. A great opportunity to meet the guides, look at the maps, and pick up any last minute items from Sage to Summit.
    DAY 1 Early shuttle up to Mosquito Flat Trailhead in Rock Creek (10,000+ ft.). Enjoy a beautiful hike up Little Lakes Valley and up over Mono Pass. Here we encounter a surreal moonscape and some unbelievable trail running on a long, gradual descent past the Mono Recesses, and down to Lake Thomas Edison. We ferry across the lake to the Vermillion Valley Resort where we have real fishing lodge-style accommodations complete with heat, showers, beds, and a real restaurant. 17 miles. Total Vertical Gain/Loss: +2300\'/-4900\'
    DAY 2 Breakfast at the Resort and back on the ferry to where we left the trail the day prior. We head up to the Pacific Crest Trail (and John Muir Trail) where we turn South and follow Bear Creek up to picturesque alpine lakes and meadows beneath Selden Pass. From the spectacular vistas of the pass we descend on perfect running trails amidst fantastic little lakes. This eventually leads to a big descent to the South Fork of the San Joaquin River which leads to Muir Trail Ranch, a rare, historic, private inholding in the wilderness 5.5 miles upstream from Florence Lake. The Ranch is idyllic with cabins, wonderful home cooking, and natural hot springs pools. This is right where every big mountain day should end. 21.5 miles. Total Vertical Gain/Loss: +4500\'/-4500\'
    DAY 3 We like Muir Trail Ranch so much, we stay there again on Day 3. There are many possible activities to enjoy: guided exploration of the Sierra, a jaunt to Florence Lake, horseback riding, or just a relaxing rest day of stretching and soaking in hot springs. The option is yours.
    DAY 4 The final day we wake up to a nice breakfast and say goodbye to the Ranch. We head back up the trail to where Piute Creek meets the San Joaquin. We continue Northeast up the deep and imposing Piute Canyon to Hutchinson Meadow where great trail running begins again. The finale takes us up through the gorgeous alpine meadows and lakes in the gigantic expanse of the Humphreys Basin before crossing Piute Pass and descending the colorful canyon beneath Mt. Emerson. Finish at North Lake, and shuttle back to Rock Creek to pick up vehicles. 18 miles. Total Vertical Gain/Loss: +4100\'/-2500\'


    • SMG fastpacking guide, and guide expenses
    • 1 night lodging Vermillion Valley Resort (single or double occupancy as specified)
    • 2 nights lodging at Muir Trail Ranch (single or double occupancy as specified)
    • Meals at Muir Trail Ranch
    • Handling of reservations, logistics, and permits.


    • Trail food
    • Meals at Vermillion Valley Resort
    • Other travel arrangements
    • Personal items
    • Equipment rental


    • Excellent physical condition
    • Able to speed hike or run 20+ miles on good, moderately rugged trails in 8-10 hours, including rest breaks for 2-3 consecutive days
    • Enthusiasm for going light and fast, and in maximum comfort!