Jeffrey Hunter, Southeast Trail Programs Director of the American Hiking Society, did the JMT August 11 – 25 this past summer.
He recommends August as biting insects are in decline, “water is still plentiful, and the days are long”.
I can do long days, myself. Having never thru-hiked it, I would try for a fast trip like this. For one thing, it reduces the amount of food I would have to carry on the challenging second half.
Thanks for the advice.
Check Jeffrey’s blog: Southern Appalachians Initiative
Kings Canyon National Park – Jeffrey Hunter
This is just one of his 2006 – The Hiking Year in Pictures series.
John Muir Trail – more information