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The John Muir Trail starts at the Happy Isles Nature Center in Yosemite Valley and winds 211 miles through the High Sierra to the summit of Mt. Whitney, in Sequoia National Park. Though most people don't have the time or ability to follow the entire length of this famous trail, you can hike short sections of it that are still very scenic. A good viewpoint along the John Muir Trail is Clark Point, 2.3 miles from the trailhead at Happy Isles. From the trailhead, follow the Mist Trail/John Muir Trail about 0.9 miles to a trail junction (for information of that section, refer to my Vernal Fall Footbridge Tip). Take the right fork, the John Muir Trail. Besides being a foot trail, the John Muir Trail is also a stock trail; expect plenty of manure on the trail, as well as pack teams. Also be warned that many visitors to the valley ride up the John Muir Trail to Clark Point, so you'll have plenty of company. From the junction, the forested trail climbs about 1000 feet, sometimes steeply, switchbacking over 15 times up the canyon walls. Eventually, you'll have a view of Sierra Point and the back side of Half Dome; from there the trail goes onto an open slab of granite and soon reaches Clark Point, where there is a good view of Half Dome, Mt. Broderick, Liberty Cap, and Nevada Fall.
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Clark Range - on the way to Glacier Pt.
On the way to Glacier Point there is a parking area and viewpoint for the Clark Range. Although not as impressive as Glacier Pt. it's well worth the stop and provides an excellent vista of the range from Quarzite Peak to Triple Divide Peak. On the left of the photo is a side view of Half Dome. There was a good view of tiered waterfalls also.
Informational plaques identify the mountains, peaks and waterfalls.
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