John Muir Trail - South of Devils Postpile


Journeying the length of the Sierra, the John Muir Trail extends from Mount Whitney to Yosemite National Park. This section of the John Muir trail is South of Devils Postpile. Start from the Devils Postpile Visitor Center (shuttle stop #6) if you want to see the stone columns of Devils Postpile. Or you can start your trip from the Rainbow Falls trailhead (shuttle stop #8) or Reds Meadow Resort (shuttle stop #10) if you want to visit the market or other resort services. When requesting a permit, indicate if you are going to Mt. Whitney as there is a secondary quota for exit at Mt. Whitney.

Common Destinations: John Muir Trail (southbound)

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
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 and John Muir Wildernesses. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. 
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: - No campfires above 10,000 ft.; and no campfires at Duck Creek or Purple Lake. Look at Maps of Campfire Rrestrictions.
- Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash. Look at maps for food storage requirements.
- Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Fish Creek, Fern Lake, Beck Lake, Minaret Lake or North of Devils Postpile are a different permit.
- 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 section of the John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile.
- Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park. (includes no night box permit pickup; no pets)
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Toilet at shuttle stop 6 & 10. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For 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. The Rainbow Falls trailhead, shuttle stop #8 or Reds Meadows resort, stop #10, can be used as an alternate entry point.



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