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    • I love this post but I would love to know more about HOW to hike amazing locations like the John Muir Trail when there is so much red tape!!! I feel like every trail I research hiking has incredibly frustrating and complicated rules about permits and limit on campsites and figuring it all out is driving me absolutely crazy, especially when I try to book the permits I want and it's too late, it is already booked solid and I can't do it. Ugh.

    • We backpack in the eastern Sierra every year and have never crossed a road. There are endless loops that are incredible. Check out South Lake to North lake Loop out of Bishop, considered one of the quintessential trails in the Sierra. You can approach the eastern Sierra through many different drainages off 395. There are so many options. As far a long one-way trails, the JMT is epic. There is also a high Sierra trail that is less active.