Shepherd Pass Trail

  

Some sections of the Shepherd Pass trail were washed out by a flash flood on July 22, 2013.

The Shepherd Pass trail climbs a demanding 6,000 feet from the Owens Valley to 12,000-foot Shepherd Pass. Then, it enters Sequoia National Park and joins the John Muir Trail near Tyndall Creek.

Due to a persistent snowfield, steep terrain and talus, the Shepherd Pass trail is frequently impassable to stock above about 10,800 feet.

Vehicles with stock trailers should park at the Shepherd Pack Trail parking lot.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Flood damage in several locations. Trail is passable to hikers, but not to stock.
Reservations: Wilderness permits may be reserved up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into wilderness areas.
  • Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors are limited to 15 people per day.
Restrictions:
  • Campfires are prohibited at Anvil Camp
  • Campfires are prohibited above 10,400ft.
  • 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.
  • Grazing is prohibited east of Shepherd Pass.
  • Camping with stock is prohibited at Anvil Camp.
  • John Muir Wilderness Regulations apply
  • National Park Service regulations apply in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
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

Parking:

Low clearance vehicles and vehicles with trailers should park at the Shepherd Pack Trailhead. Then, Visitors can reach the Shepherd Pass Trail via the 1.4 mile long Shepherd Pack Trail.


Directions:

From US Highway 395, in Independence, CA:

  • Turn west on Market Street. Travel 4.3 miles to Foothill Rd.
  • Turn south on Foothill Rd and travel 2.8 miles to the Shepherd Pack Trailhead.
  • Approximately 1/2 mile past the Shepherd Pack Trailhead, turn west on a small, rough dirt road.
  • Follow the main track approximately 1.3 miles to the Shepherd Pass Trailhead. This road in unpaved may be quite rough.

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