Moon Muir Trek 2016 Backpacking the John Muir Trail

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!

group shot at Rush Creek Trailhead

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

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

Pass

Day 1 Silver Lake Thousand Island Lake 11.5 3,278′ Island Pass: 10,205′
Day 2 Thousand Island Lake Soda Springs 11.7 1,754′
Day 3 Soda Springs Deer Creek 7.7 1,899′
Day 4 Deer Creek Fish Creek 12.3 2,543′
Day 5 Fish Creek Quail Meadow 9.4 1,736′ Silver Pass: 10,895′
Day 6 Quail Meadow Marie Lake 11.4 3,697′
Day 7 Marie Lake Muir Trail Ranch 7.1 353′ Selden Pass: 10,880′
Day 8 Muir Trail Ranch McClure Meadow 10.9 2,142′
Day 9 McClure Meadow Wanda Lake 7.6 1,975′
Day 10 Wanda Lake LeConte Canyon 9.6 528′ Muir Pass: 11,955′
Day 11 LeConte Canyon Palisades Lake 10.0 2,560′
Day 12 Palisades Lake Marjorie Lake 11.6 2,461′ Mather Pass: 12,100′
Day 13 Marjorie Lake Rae Lakes 15.3 3,054′ Pinchot Pass: 12,130′
Day 14 Rae Lakes Charlotte Lake 4.7 1,443′ Glen Pass: 11,978′
Day 15 Charlotte Lake Upper Bubbs Creek 5.5 1,483′
Day 16 Upper Bubbs Creek Wallace Creek 13.0 2,895′ Forester Pass: 13,180′
Day 17 Wallace Creek Guitar Lake 6.7 1,865′
Day 18 Guitar Lake Crab Tree Meadows 12.6 3,065′ Mt. Whitney: 14,497′
Day 19 Crab Tree Meadows Rock Creek 5.4 701′ Guyot Pass: 10,860′
Day 20 Rock Creek Cottonwood Lakes 9.3 2,697′ New Army Pass: 12,320′
Day 21 Cottonwood Lakes Horseshoe Meadows 4.4 6′

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!