Tuttle Creek Trail


The Tuttle Creek Trail accesses an abandoned stone building known as "The Tuttle Creek Ashram"  in the John Muir Wilderness. Beyond The Ashram, the trail becomes a faint unmaintained route. The Ashram is a 2,000 square-foot stone and concrete structure with a cement floor, heavy beam roof, and a large fireplace. It is located at an altitude of 7,600 feet in a glacier carved canyon, on a ridge between two forks of Tuttle Creek. For more information about The Tuttle Creek Ashram, go to http://merrell-wolff.org/ashrama .

The distance from the trailhead to the Ashram is about 1 mile. In addition, the final portion of the road to the trailhead is often not passable, adding up to 1 mile of walking on the road.

Tuttle Creek Trail Recreation Guide (pdf)

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov.
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips.
  • Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors are limited to 8 people per day.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


From Lone Pine:

  • turn West onto Whitney Portal Rd
  • then turn south onto the Horseshoe Meadows Rd,
  • turn west on Granite View Drive and follow road 16S01 to the end.

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