Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle on its way into Reds Meadow
Traveling to the Eastern Sierra
If you live outside the Eastern Sierra, there are public transportation options from most major cities that provide service to Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, and the other communities of the Eastern Sierra.
Eastern Sierra Transit's CREST service offers transportation from Reno’s airport and Greyhound Station to Lone Pine, CA, with stops in most communities in between.
From Los Angeles:
Metrolink's Antelope Valley Line offers service from Downtown Los Angeles to Lancaster, CA. Eastern Sierra Transit's CREST service travels north from Lancaster to Mammoth Lakes, with stops in most communities in between.
From the San Francisco Bay Area:
YARTS offers service from Merced, CA to Yosemite Valley and in the summer, continuing service to the Eastern Sierra, with stops in Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes. There are many options for travel between the Bay Area and Merced, including Greyhound and Amtrak.
From Las Vegas:
Eastern Sierra Transit's CREST service stops in Mojave, CA, which is serviced by Greyhound from Las Vegas.
Travel Within the Eastern Sierra
Eastern Sierra Transit offers a few different inter-city transit options along Hwy 395 as well as local transit routes in Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.
Travel To and From Inyo National Forest Recreation Areas
Two recreation areas of the Inyo National Forest are directly serviced by public transportation. Mammoth Lakes runs trolleys to the Lakes Basin area from town, and Eastern Sierra Transit operates the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle from Mammoth Lakes into Reds Meadow Valley.
One-Way Hiking Opportunities
There are many one-way hiking opportunities using a combination of the transit services described above. Take a shuttle or park your car at a trailhead, hike, and then take a shuttle back to where you started.
Short one-way hikes
There are many possibilities for short, one-way hikes in the Lakes Basin, Reds Meadow, and between the two. Examples include hiking from Devils Postpile Ranger Station to Rainbow Falls, or from Horseshoe Lake, over Mammoth Pass, ending at Reds Meadow Resort.
Multi-day one-way hikes
Whether you’re interested in an overnight or a week long backpacking trip, there are many opportunities for longer one-way trips. Examples include backpacking from the Duck Pass trailhead to Reds Meadow, or backpacking over Donohue Pass from either Agnew Meadows or Rush Creek Trailhead into Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley. Remember, all overnight trips into Wilderness areas require a permit.
This customized Google Map shows the public transit routes that service trailheads directly.
View Eastern Sierra Trailheads Serviced by Public Transit in a larger map