Aside from climbing Mt. Whitney at the end of Section G this section has a very high chance of becoming the most favored. Here the PCT follows the John Muir Trail which has some of the best and most renowned scenery in the US. For us this section will be a long one, after climbing Mt. Whitney we will be hiking another 6.5 days to Vermilion Valley Resort where we will rest up and resupply before hiking another 3.5 days to reach Tuolumne Meadows. My plan will have us traveling through this section from June 1st – 16th. If those dates don’t work with your schedule and you want to experience some of the John Muir Trail, it continues another 35 miles into the next section, Section I, and although not listed here it would still be a great section to join me for a hike through beautiful and majestic mountain scenery.
From The Guide Book
The Pacific Crest Trail from the Mt. Whitney trail junction to Tuolumne Meadows passes through what many backpackers agree is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. Some hikers may give first prize to some other place, but none will deny the great attractiveness of the high Sierra.
This is a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of soaring granite cliffs, of lakes literally by the thousands, of canyons 5000 feet deep. it is a land where man’s trail touches only a tiny part of the total area, so that by leaving the trail you can find solitude. It is land uncrossed by road for 150 airline miles from just north of Walker Pass to Tuolumne Meadows. And perhaps best of all, it is a land blessed with the mildest, summer, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. Though rain does fall in the summer – and much snow in the winter – the rain seldom lasts more than an hour or two, and the sun is out and shinning most of the hours that it is above the horizon.
Given these attractions, you might expect that quite a few people would want to enjoy them. And it is true that some hikers joke about traffic signs being needed on the John Amur Trail – which the PCT follows for most of this section. But the land is so vast that if you do want to camp by yourself, you can. While following the trail in the summer, you can’t avoid passing quite a few people, but you can stop to talk or not, as you choose.