Inyo National Forest

Hiking Mammoth Lakes
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The Mammoth area has a tremendous variety of hiking trails. It lies at the boundary between the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wildernesses and is a gateway to both. The Minarets, Mt. Ritter, and Banner Peak dominate the skyline west of the town of Mammoth Lakes. At Ediza Lake, the towers loom directly overhead. From the Deer Lakes trail, they form a magnificent vista far in the distance.

What you see here is a sampling of destinations, with ONE-WAY mileages from trailheads and elevations. Get a map and explore these possibilities and find more of your own!

Ansel Adams Wilderness

1. Agnew Meadow's (8,335') - Ediza Lake is a magnificent dayhike and if you have more time, venture up to Thousand Island and Waugh Lakes.

  • Shadow Lake - 3 miles; 8,750'
  • Ediza Lake - 6 miles; 9,300'
  • Iceberg Lake - 7 miles; 9,800'
  • Garnet Lake via Shadow Lake - 8 miles; 9,680'
  • Thousand Island Lake via River Trail - 9 miles; 9,260'
  • Devil's Postpile - 10 miles; 7,559'

    2. Devil's Postpile (7,559')

  • Rainbow Falls - 2.5 miles; 7,360'
  • Minaret Lake - 8 miles; 9,800'
  • Fern Lake - 5 miles
  • Beck lake - 8 miles; 9,780'
  • Holcomb Lake - 9 miles; 9,500'

    John Muir Wilderness

    1. Lake George (9,008')

  • Crystal Lake - 1.3 miles; 9,640'
  • Mammoth Crest - 3 miles; 10,640'
  • Deer Lakes - 5.5 miles; 10,660'

    2. Horseshoe Lake (8,950')

  • Crater Meadows - 3.5 miles; 8,800'
  • Red's Meadow - 4 miles; 7,600'
  • Devil's Postpile - 6 miles; 7,559'

    3. Coldwater (8,900')

  • Heart Lake - 1 mile; 9,590'
  • Barney Lake - 2.5 miles; 10,200'
  • Duck Pass - 4 miles; 10,850'
  • Duck Lake - 5 miles; 10,427'

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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