Shepherd Pack Trail


Shepherd Pack Trail

Alternate parking for the Shepherd Pass Trail. Vehicles with trailers and low clearance vehicles should park at the Shepherd Pack Trailhead. Then, visitors can reach the Shepherd Pass Trail via the 1.4 mile long Shepherd Pack Trail.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail is not passable to stock above upper trailhead due to flood damage.
Reservations: Wilderness permits may be reserved up to six months in advance at
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight visits in wilderness areas.
  • Wilderness permits are issued at Inyo National forest visitors centers.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors are limited to 15 people per day.
  • Due to the snow, steep terrain and talus, the Shepherd Pass trail may be impassable to stock above about 10,800 feet.
  • Grazing is prohibited east of Shepherd Pass.
Closest Towns: Independence, CA
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General Information


From 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.



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