Evolution Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

John Muir Trail Map 5 Piute Creek to Dusy Creek

Evolution Lake

Piute Creek to Dusy Creek

The John Muir Trail through Evolution Valley, over Muir Pass, and down the LeConte Canyon is one of the most dramatic sections of the entire 220-mile route. An easy trail leads to the foot of the climb into Evolution Valley. Ford the creek at an easier spot upstream from the trail crossing. Plan to spend a day or two enjoying magnificent McClure Meadow.

The ascent to Muir Pass is measured by a series of lakes. At the top of the pass sits a stone building (not a safe retreat in a thunderstorm). Descend winding LeConte Canyon to the ranger station near Dusy Creek.

John Muir Trail elevation profile from Piute Creek to Dusy Creek