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Backpacking In Mammoth

Mammoth Lakes backpacking Call it backpacking, backcountry hiking, or mountaineering there is something about sleeping under the stars and fresh made cowboy coffee that not even the Ritz can compete with. Far from civilization, backpacking in the backcountry in the High Sierra is one of the most popular activities. For every overnight, and some day trips, you need to get a wilderness permit and maps from the local ranger station as most of the trails have limits or quotas on the amount of trekkers. Some of the campgrounds also require reservations and have occupancy limits.

Following is a list of the popular Trail Heads and their descriptions, but by no means is the entire list. Good information is available at the Welcome Centers that are maintained by the Forest Rangers.

Eastern Sierra Trailheads

Big Pine Canyon Bishop Creek Cottonwood Lakes
John Muir McGee Creek Canyon Meysan Lake
Mt. Whitney Mulkey Pass Onion Valley
Pacific Crest Pine Creek Canyon Rock Creek Canyon
Ansel Adams Wilderness Golden Trout Wilderness John Muir Wilderness
South Sierra Wilderness   White Mountains

Trailhead Maps

There are some great guidebooks that are available at the Ranger Stations. In fact you can find a lot of good material at the ranger stations, and they will help you plan out your trip. There are some basic Mammoth maps in our travel section.

There are a lot of good books at the gift stores at the Welcome Centers and ranger stations that are very comprehensive if you're serious about this. wild deer in Mammoth

Don't forget, you will need a wilderness permit in order to get on the trails during the busy season. Some of the wilderness is inhabited by mountain lions, and bears. Mammoth bears are protected and a part of every day life. Please be conscious of nature.

You may want to consider using a certified guide on your vacation as they can improve the quality of your trip through their expertise and knowledge of the area. Commercial guiding on the National Forest is strictly regulated, and on some trails may not be allowed. The Mount Whitney Trail is an area of particular concern. For current information and more details about the availability of guides for the Whitney Trail or other trails, contact the Inyo National Forest.

Bridgeport Ranger Station 760-932-7070
Lee Vining Ranger Station 760-647-3000
Mammoth Ranger Station 760-924-5500
Mt. Whitney Station 760-876-6200
White Mountain Station 760-873-2500
Wilderness Permits 888-374-3773
Yosemite Area Traveler Info 209-726-5090


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