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John Muir Trail in the Fall
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Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
John Muir Trail in the Fall on 09/09/2010 00:19:47 MDT Print View

Hey All, I thought some people might be curious about what the trail is like in the Fall. This is a video of a 7 day thru-hike from October 6-13th last Fall. I caught a winter storm during the last 24 hours.

WINTER IS COMING - Seven Days on the John Muir Trail

Description: This online video summarizes a trip across the John Muir Trail with imagery of the 200+ miles of mountains, valleys, bears, and passes:
John Muir Trail Documentary

Please let me know if you have any questions or want help planning a Fall Trip.

Please contact me via Facebook: Ryan Commons

Evening temperatures were below freezing each night and signs of winter were ever-present. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the story.

Edited by RyanCommons on 06/04/2011 08:27:41 MDT.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
JMT in the fall on 09/09/2010 06:08:41 MDT Print View

I enjoyed the video, thanks.

Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
JMT in October on 09/14/2010 23:26:19 MDT Print View

For sure Adan, glad you liked it.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: John Muir Trail in the Fall on 09/15/2010 00:13:00 MDT Print View

Great video! Can't wait to get on the JMT next year. Thanks for sharing.


Nick Garner
(nwgarner) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley
Great Video on 09/15/2010 00:38:28 MDT Print View

Forty miles on the seventh day? You're a machine! Thanks for sharing the great video.


Ole Saether
(osaether) - MLife

Locale: Norway
Re: John Muir Trail in the Fall on 09/15/2010 02:50:48 MDT Print View

Great video! Thanks for sharing!

Nice music as well. Who is playing?

Edited by osaether on 09/15/2010 03:33:29 MDT.

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Nice video on 09/15/2010 09:17:35 MDT Print View

Wow! My sons and I took three weeks this summer to hike the JMT. I can hardly imagine to do it in a week. Watching your video made me want to go back right away. But I will have to wait at least until next summer.



Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
wow on 09/15/2010 11:03:01 MDT Print View

Wow, you are a pro with the video. What time was the average sunset? How many hours a day/night did you hike? Could you hike in the night with only moon light? Those passes must have been cold hiking in the dark!

Your Mt. Shasta video is amazing, too!

Edited by rambler on 09/15/2010 11:05:32 MDT.

Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
Thanks on 09/16/2010 13:13:37 MDT Print View

Thanks for the compliments.

Sunset was at about 6 each night. In the trees and in valleys definitely got dark fast. I tended to go from 3am until 10pm and then wore out.

The passes were great at night. You feel like you are in the stars. Definitely a lonesome feeling also.

Here's the Summiting the Volcano video if anyone wants to check it out.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
great video on 09/16/2010 21:01:55 MDT Print View

great video and an amazing hike! :)

my wife and I are planning on doing the JMT in 2012 (we're booked up w/ hikes already this coming year :))

after reading (and watching the video) I think I might change my time frame to early fall- looks like the folks really thin out and while the weather is a little more of a gamble- still relatively nice- my guess is not a biting bug to worry about either :)

Mountain Warrior
(MountainWarrior) - F

Locale: Northern Cal
Re: John Muir Trail in the Fall on 09/19/2010 23:08:05 MDT Print View

Wow! Watching your video made me feel as though I was with you on the trail, very moving!

Thanks for sharing!

Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
Thanks on 09/27/2010 19:54:59 MDT Print View

Glad you enjoyed it MountainWarrior==that was exactly what I was going for...

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
John Muir Trail in the Fall on 10/03/2010 01:01:01 MDT Print View

Thanks for posting your amazing video. Facing the bears on the trail at night, making it through the snow storm, 40 miles the last day. . . this could be a feature film. For the past few weeks I have just let this video play in the background on one of the computers in my office during the work day. At times it really gives the feeling of being on the trail, very cool. I'm planning a JMT trip for my wife and I next summer and your video has provided some inspirational insight into the JMT. Nice music, too. I like the quirky song at about 9:38.

Edited by bluewater on 10/03/2010 01:05:59 MDT.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: John Muir Trail in the Fall on 10/04/2010 17:06:21 MDT Print View

Fantastic hike and trip. Hard to believe that you had time to take all of those great photos with the pace you kept.

Thanks for putting time into the report and sharing!

Sid Riddle
(shiree) - F

Locale: Southeastern US
Great Video on 11/06/2010 22:00:11 MDT Print View

Wow, an amazing video by you, sir.

You have great talent. Is this what you do for a living, or is it just a hobby that you're a pro at?

Any one of your pictures could be a great desktop background.

Edited by shiree on 11/06/2010 22:02:04 MDT.

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: Great Video on 11/07/2010 15:25:27 MST Print View


Unintentionally, you’ve likely just encouraged many and championed both the wild and the human spirit.

Nice work and check one of the bigger boxes on your life list.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: John Muir Trail in the Fall on 11/11/2010 19:26:20 MST Print View


You walked across God's palate of colors.

Your camera was the brush that produced the most amazing painting on the screen of my monitor.

The contrasts of barren starkness and explosions of color were just gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and yourself with us.

Party On,


Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
Thanks on 11/20/2010 10:06:40 MST Print View

John and Jolly,

Thanks for all the encouraging comments. Can't wait to get back out.


Robert Justice
(rjustice7) - F

Locale: Central Texas Hill Country
Wow... on 12/10/2010 12:38:57 MST Print View

All I can say is WOW! I really enjoyed your video! You really communicated the excitement, struggle, pain, relief, determination...everything through it! Also that's some kind of accomplishment! Congratulations on meeting such a goal!

Ryan Commons
(RyanCommons) - F

Locale: Bay Area, California
Robert on 12/13/2010 10:48:34 MST Print View

Thanks Robert,

It was a great experience. Days on the JMT are unforgettable.