Backpacking In Mammoth
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
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.
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