Minaret Lake Trail


Glacier-fed Minaret Lakes are at the foot of the Minaret Pinnacles in the Ritter Range. From the Devils Postpile Visitor Center (shuttle stop #6) it is less than a mile to the junction with the John Muir Trail. A bridge across the river leads to several trail junctions. Follow the John Muir Trail as it climbs above Minaret Falls to the junction near Johnston Meadow. The Minaret Lake trail follows Minaret Creek.

This is an active bear area so you must use bear canisters to secure your food and refuse.

 Download area map for trail names.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit esiaonline.com

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Day use does not require a permit.
Rentals & Guides: Reds Meadow Pack Train is located near Reds Meadow Resort. 1(800) 292-7758
Fees Visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley pay a per-person transportation fee which allows use of the mandatory shuttle bus. Call Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for more information. (760)924-5500.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - No campfires at Minaret Lakes or Deadhorse Lake; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. see Maps of Campfire Restrictions.
- Bear containers required for storage of food and trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 10 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1 for the Minaret Lake Trail.
- Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Beck Lake, Fern Lake or following the John Muir Trail are a different permit.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Flush toilet at shuttle stop. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For reservation and wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


Leave Hwy 395 at Hwy 203 to the town of Mammoth Lakes. Turn right on Minaret Road and go to Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (Main Lodge) for long term parking and to board the mandatory shuttle to the trailhead. Shuttle stop #6 is Devils Postpile Visitor Center.



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  Elevation : 
7,543 ft. at Devils Postpile Visitor Center


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