George Creek / Mt. Williamson


The George Creek trail is a steep, unmaintained cross-country route that climbs more than 6,000 vertical feet into the area near Mt. Williamson, Trojan Peak, and Mt. Barnard. Please be respectful of wildlife as you pass through habitat for the endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep. 

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At a Glance

Reservations: Wilderness perrmits may be reserved up to 6 months in advance at
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness.
  • Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors in George Creek and Bairs Creek are limited to 8 people per day.
  • Campfires are prohibited above 10,400 ft.
  • All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.
  • Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of bighorn sheep.
  • Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
  • Maximum group size is 15 people.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
  • National Park Service regulations apply in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  •  High clearance 4x4 vehicle is recommended to reach the trailhead.
  • Not recommended for stock. 
Closest Towns: Independence, CA
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: No restrooms. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From US Highway 395, in Independence, CA:

  • Turn west onto Market Street. Market Street is also known as Onion Valley Road.
  • About 4 miles west of Independence, turn south onto Foothill Road, .
  • Travel approximately 11 miles to the end of Foothill Road.

4 WD and high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.



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