Above we have a backpacking Trail map of the John Muir Trail from its trail head at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley to a point approaching Cathedral Pass under Tresidder Peak.
This trail map covers the John Muir Trail from its starting trailhead to Nevada Falls and on to Little Yosemite Valley, where we decide between continuing up the John Muir Trail, or we can continue up the Merced River Canyon from Little Yosemite Valley to Merced Lake.
Our topo hiking map shows us that continuing up the John Muir Trail from Little Yosemite Valley opens up the options of turning off at Half Dome, Clouds Rest, or further up the mountain at Sunrise High Sierra Camp to Sunrise Lakes and on to Tenaya Lake alongside Highway 120.
If we continued up along the floor of the Merced River Canyon above Little Yosemite Valley to Merced Lake we are going to face the climb over the Cathedral Range via either Vogelsang Pass or Vogelsang High Sierra Camp to resume our Southbound hike on the JMT.
We can hike through Vogelsang to Lyell Canyon 5.6 miles South of Tuolumne Meadows, or hike directly to Tuolumne Meadows via Tuolumne Pass.
I typically use the topo hiking map above as part of a loop around Central Yosemite on the way down the Sierra Crest from Tahoe to Whitney.
This topo maps shows our detour off the Sierra Crest down to Yosemite Valley and back again.
The red dots link to the trail guide entries.
The labels link to adjacent Trail Maps.
Tamarack Flat, Calif, 1997, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
Yosemite Falls, Calif, 1997, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
Tenaya Lake, Calif, 1992, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
El Capitan, Calif, 2004, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
Half Dome, Calif, 1997, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
Merced Peak, Calif, 1992, 7.5 minute USGS Topographic Map
True North is 16 degrees 4 seconds West of Magnetic North
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