1. Kerosene
    Kerosene May 3, 2016 at 5:12 am

    In her book, “Highs and Lows on the JMT”, Inga Aksamit notes that Muir Hut is not very storm-worthy, nor is it a safe place to hole-up in the thunderstorm. Do you concur?

    Thanks for the interior views. It looks like a really neat structure.

    1. Cliff Sprague
      Cliff Sprague December 28, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      I don’t know about the other comments, but I was up there in July ’88 with 4 other buddies and we sought shelter there for about 2-1/2 hours while lightning pounded away. I would assume we were struck more than a few times (we did not go outside to verify hits). The only problem was we got cold and stiff from the wait; no wood to burn (forgot the mules…). Wonderful experience!

      1. Cliff Sprague
        Cliff Sprague December 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

        And no Fireplace. I saw the comment on the Hearth and recall seeing it. Just had to get a joke in about mules…

    KEITH BARLOW May 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Not sure how often they do maintenance, but when we went through in 2013, they were doing all sorts upkeep (sealing the windows, fixing the door, etc.). They were there for at least a few days with tools and supplies brought in by pack mules.

  3. Jim Spitze
    Jim Spitze March 7, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Bill Crim and I hiked that portion of the John Muir Trail in ~1960. It was a VERY cold and rainy day. Ice was coating our jackets. As we climbed towards Muir Pass from Florence Lake, we started chanting “People don’t die of exposure in the Sierras any more” … and then we arrived at the Muir Hut. The door opened swiftly to greet us and we soon had cups of hot coffee in our hands. No less that ten hikers “slept” there that night. Definitely a fond memory. We woke to gorgeous blue skies and were soon on our way south to Little Pete Meadow with its many beautiful wildflowers.

  4. Some Sierra Nevada Backpacking Odds & Ends

    […] Lastly, have you seen the video about the Muir Hut produced by the University of California, Berkeley? It is a terrific piece, and not just because there are a few photos of the hut taken by your humble author. After you have watched it – if you are looking for a little more – you could also check out this. […]

  5. Doug Huffman
    Doug Huffman September 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Robert ‘Bob’ Douglas Page, David Lawrence Huffman, and I visited on our JMT walk 1 – 15 July 1966.

    Douglas Huffman

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