1. Helen Beckers
    Helen Beckers May 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Great post Ray!

  2. Justice
    Justice May 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

    My wife and I are taking our kids next year, they will be 15 and 12 when we go, I cannot wait. I hiked it solo last year, but next will be great because I will be able to share the experience with my family. Thanks for the post.

  3. Dan
    Dan May 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Good for them, I have a 1 1/2 year old boy, and while not of hiking age yet, he has a few camping trips under his belt already. Looking forward to when he grows up to start doing some short trips. Weaver Lake is a great place to take young kids starting out, only a few miles but plenty of up and down and to a kid they may as well have hiked the whole JMT.

  4. Deborah Lopez
    Deborah Lopez May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Planning for summer of 2014 with my 11year old. Have been on PCT but for 3 days only. She has greater stamina than me. Looking forward to our hike.

  5. Tom D.
    Tom D. June 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I took my 14 and 11 yr olds last year. They did great and want to do it again next year.

  6. Heather Paladini
    Heather Paladini April 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

    What an inspiring article! I have dreams of thru hiking the AT (perhaps even next year) with my 4 year old (she will be 5 then). I also have a 9yo who does not find interest in this so I’ve considered his spending the season with his grandpa and uncle while I attempt it. It is still in the dreaming/preplanning stages, but I’ve thought that this year, since we will be moving back to CA, I may give the JMT a try and see how we do! We’ve done some weekend trips and I’ve done some solo 3-day trips, but the kids have never done more than 12 in a weekend. I thought this might be an amazing experience for us all, and also a good assessment to see if we are ready for one of the longer thru-hikes! Any other links or info anyone has, I would love to check out so please share! Thanks again 🙂

  7. Annika Wilson
    Annika Wilson February 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Good for them, I did the JMT when I was 13 and started 25 miles south of mount Whitney.it was very hard but also very fun.

  8. Annika Wilson
    Annika Wilson February 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Then right after it we climbed half dome.

  9. BeauZeau
    BeauZeau March 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t say for sure, but the boy may have been Oblivious with his father Troll. They did the PCT in 2007, after having done the AT in 2005.


  10. BeauZeau
    BeauZeau March 24, 2018 at 6:58 am

    The year of your post, 2013, at least one other family with children hiked the JMT. Yak made a couple of posts in trailjournals, but did document the hike in his blog:


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