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This set of John Muir Trail photos brought to you in partnership with Tandem Stills + Motion, an outdoor photo agency and community for adventurous souls.
The rising sun illuminates Banner Peak, which is perfectly reflected in Thousand Island Lake in California's Ansel Adams Wilderness. Photo by Kim J. Phillips
The sun sets over Guitar Lake on the west side of the Sierra Nevada, below Mt. Whitney. Photo by Ron Koeberer
Get this view of an glaciated alpine valley near Silver Pass along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada. Photo by Ron Koeberer
A view of the east face of Half Dome seen from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California. Photo by Maureen Eversgerd
A hiker takes a break on Forester Pass along the John Muir Trail in California. Photo by Brett Holman
A signed trail junction with abandoned backpacks on the way to the top of Mt. Whitney on the John Muir Trail provides directions and multiple choices. It is at this point one can decide to go down the east side to the Whitney Portal, to go out and back to the top of Mt. Whitney (the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail and the highest point in the contiguous United States), or head down the west side to the Crabtree Ranger station. Photo by Ron Koeberer