Running the John Muir Trail

We started the John Muir Trail at Happy Isle in Yosemite Valley and ran south towards Mt Whitney. Over a 3 day period we completed 120+ miles of the trail and ran through bouts of thick smoke caused by the historic Aspen Fire. The fire burned 2o,000 acres of High Sierra back country and took several thousand wild fire fighters over month to contain. Below are some photos from the adventure. We are currently making a short film of the John Muir Trail experience as seen through the eyes of Bedrock barefoot athlete Naresh Kumar. Look for the film’s release in the next month!

Naresh pre-trail on the shuttle ride to the Happy Isle Trail Head, Yosemite.

Clear, Clean, and Cold at 12,000 feet in the Ansel Adams Wildnerness.

Glacially carved granite in Yosemite along the John Muir Trail.


Naresh packing. Bedrocks…Check. Clif Bars….Check. Go Pro….Check.

Sunrise on the John Muir Trail

Naresh setting out after a quick nap in the Bedrock van at 2 a.m in the morning. Below freezing temperatures at  Tuolumne Valley August 2nd!

Nearing the top of Donahue Pass. At dawn temperatures plummeted into the 20′s with water bottles beginning to freeze.

Naresh resting along the trail in Mammoth.

Naresh pushed on through the nights trying to cover as much ground as possible.

Nearing the John Muir Ranch at sunset

The trail through Yosemite

120+ miles into his journey, after a long 48 hour bout of altitude sickness.

Naresh’s size 13 Yellow Bedrock Sandals after the John Muir Trail adventure.

The Bedrock ’86 Subaru powered VW Vanagon assisting the team along the John Muir Trail.

Sunset at 10,000 feet through the historic Aspen Fire.

Splash into Lake Florence!

Naresh at Trail’s end



  1. It was an amazing heart ripping journey. Thanks for the support guys.

  2. Man, I can’t wait for part II! You’re killing it, guys!

  3. Glad to see the photos!! It would be great if you could provide the names of the areas where the photos were taken. I just completed the JMT also. In fact I stood in the permit line with you guys. I’m the guy who gave the 11am “poop talk”. Glad to hear Naresh made it!!

    Any stubbed toes?


    • Hey Doug! Glad you finished man! The altitude sickness was the killer. I press Naresh on locations of photos.


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