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Travels on the John Muir Trail (JMT)

Presented by Meghan Bowe

The John Muir Trail (JMT) stretches 211 miles through arguably the most beautiful scenery in the western United States, from the Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney. The trail’s namesake, John Muir, is likely the most well-known naturalist in our country’s history. His writings are inspirational, and the mystery surrounding his inspiration− the Sierra wilderness−certainly calls to those who long for backcountry experiences that promise grand vistas, high alpine lakes, and the ups and downs of mountain passes. Join Meghan Bowe as she shares her backpack experience, a planned 58-mile stretch of the JMT this past August. Through photos and narrative she will bring you along on her 6-day journey from Devil’s Postpile to Happy Isles (almost). Trail life doesn’t always go as we plan…but it’s always an adventure.  Come enjoy photos and trail talk, and leave inspired to start planning your next hike.


Meghan Bowe is a life-long lover of wilderness, and all things outdoors. Early in her career she worked for the Forest Service, National Park Service and a major metropolitan park system. These days you can find her working with area youth and adults to foster important connections to urban green space and nature through experiential learning opportunities. For nearly 10 years, Meghan has worked for the University of Illinois Extension as a program coordinator.  Call 1-815-335-2915 to register.


Earlier Event: February 28
Later Event: March 1
Severson Extra Credit Class