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This is classic hike. When it comes to Yosemite, John Muir definitely deserves founding father status. The Scottish-born world famous naturalist was the catalyst in the creation of the park, and his namesake trail runs 211 miles between Yosemite Valley and Mount Whitney (the highest point in the Lower 48). This is a land made up of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks,  lakes in the thousands, and  canyons and granite cliffs. The JMT is has the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world, according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association.