Moon’s Senior Cartographer Kat Bennett, along with her husband Landis and their friends Chris and Jim, is on a three-week backpacking trek to explore the John Muir Trail.

The group began their journey Sunday, July 10, and is providing us with photos and trail updates along the way. View their itinerary below, and follow along with their adventures on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be using #MoonMuirTrek to share their progress!
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group shot at Rush Creek Trailhead

Kat (in front) with her companions on Day 1 at Rush Creek Trailhead.

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John Muir Trail Trek map

Route Map of the Moon Muir Trek, just under 200 miles.


John Muir Trail Itinerary

Total Miles: 197.7

Average Miles Per Day: 10.2

Trail Day #

Starting Point

Ending Point

Daily Miles

Elev. Gain


Day 1Silver LakeThousand Island Lake11.53,278′Island Pass: 10,205′
Day 2Thousand Island LakeSoda Springs11.71,754′
Day 3Soda SpringsDeer Creek7.71,899′
Day 4Deer CreekFish Creek12.32,543′
Day 5Fish CreekQuail Meadow9.41,736′Silver Pass: 10,895′
Day 6Quail MeadowMarie Lake11.43,697′
Day 7Marie LakeMuir Trail Ranch7.1353′Selden Pass: 10,880′
Day 8Muir Trail RanchMcClure Meadow10.92,142′
Day 9McClure MeadowWanda Lake7.61,975′
Day 10Wanda LakeLeConte Canyon9.6528′Muir Pass: 11,955′
Day 11LeConte CanyonPalisades Lake10.02,560′
Day 12Palisades LakeMarjorie Lake11.62,461′Mather Pass: 12,100′
Day 13Marjorie LakeRae Lakes15.33,054′Pinchot Pass: 12,130′
Day 14Rae LakesCharlotte Lake4.71,443′Glen Pass: 11,978′
Day 15Charlotte LakeUpper Bubbs Creek5.51,483′
Day 16Upper Bubbs CreekWallace Creek13.02,895′Forester Pass: 13,180′
Day 17Wallace CreekGuitar Lake6.71,865′
Day 18Guitar LakeCrab Tree Meadows12.63,065′Mt. Whitney: 14,497′
Day 19Crab Tree MeadowsRock Creek5.4701′Guyot Pass: 10,860′
Day 20Rock CreekCottonwood Lakes9.32,697′New Army Pass: 12,320′
Day 21Cottonwood LakesHorseshoe Meadows4.46′

Read the Day 1 Trail Report.

Preparing: Packing for the Moon Muir Trek

Want to know what it takes to pack for a trek like this? Kat and her husband Landis made a video to share with you!