MULKEY PASS TRAIL
Mulkey Pass Trail provide access to the Pacific
Crest Trail and the northern portion of the Golden
Trout Wilderness. This area is characterized by
gently rolling terrain with lovely sub-alpine meadows.
TRAILHEAD ELEVATION - 9,800 feet.
HIGHEST ELEVATION - Trail Pass @ 10,500 feet, Mulkey Pass @ 10,380 feet
TRAIL DIFFICULTY - Moderate.
SEASON - The trails are free of snow from mid-June to October in years of normal snowfall.
Mulkey Pass / Trail Pass Trailhead
The trail begins at Horseshoe Meadow
Road. From Hwy. 395 in Lone Pine turn west on to Whitney Portal
road in the center of town. Drive 3.5 miles to Horseshoe Meadow
road and turn left. Continue 20 miles to the road end. The road
is usually open from May to late October To reach these trails,
follow the trail at the end of Horseshoe Meadow Road. At the junction
¼ mile from the road end, keep to the left. The Trail forks in another
½ mile. Trail Pass is to the right and Mulkey Pass is to the left.
Park on the side of the road near the trailhead. Parking may be
crowded on weekends.
Both of these trails provide access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the northern
portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness. This area is characterized by gently rolling
terrain and lovely sub alpine meadows. Mulkey Pass Trail was constructed
as a stock driveway to be used by cattle, in the summer it is dusty
The trails are free of snow from mid-June to October in years of normal snowfall. Summer days may be quite warm but night temperatures often drop to freezing or below. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer and fall. Snowstorms occur from September to May.
Good boots, rain gear, and warm clothes are essential. Sunglasses, sunscreen (factor 10 or more), a hat and mosquito repellent are advisable.
Carry one day's supply of safe water. Giardia is a problem. Boil all drinking water three minutes. Many of the creeks may be dry by mid-summer.
Many areas of the Kern Plateau and adjacent Sequoia National Park
are popular with bears. Carry at least
50 feet of strong rope to hang your food using the COUNTER-BALANCE
method. Check at the Ranger Station before starting your trip for
current information on bear activity.
Use the Sierra South / Golden Trout Wilderness - Topo Inyo National Forest Map found in our maps section under Travel.
An undeveloped camping area is located across from the Pack Station. Toilets and garbage cans are provided. No piped water. Creek water is available but should be boiled three minutes before use.
A PACK STATION services the Cottonwood Lakes Basin, Sequoia National Park and the Golden Trout Wilderness/ Kern Plateau.
Available along the side of the road near the trailhead. Parking may be crowded on weekends due to the number of visitors.
The use of gas stoves is strongly recommended. Where fires are permitted, use existing fire rings; do not build new ones.
Creek water only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mt. Whitney Ranger District
Lone Pine. CA 93545