Fish Creek Trail


Following the general route of an old wagon trail, the Fish Creek Trail starts near Reds Meadow Resort, shuttle stop # 10 or the Rainbow Falls trailhead shuttle stop #8. The trail passes multiple junctions with the John Muir, Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls trails. The Fish Creek trail follows Crater Creek to the Fish Creek Valley. Eleven miles down the trail is the popular Iva Belle hot springs.  Beyond Iva Bell, the trail continues to Cascade Valley and eventually connects to the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails near Purple Lake or Tully Hole.

Common Destinations: Iva Bell, Island Crossing, Fish Creek Valley and points beyond.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Road closed in winter (mid-October through late June)
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides: Reds Meadow Pack Train is located near Reds Meadow Resort offering day rides and mule pack trips (800) 292-7758
Fees All 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 permit required year round for overnight trips.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • May 1 through November 1 overnight visitors are limited to 15 people per day.
  • This permit does not include the John Muir trail north of Devils Postpile.
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Closest Towns:
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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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 #8 is the Rainbow Falls trailhead or use shuttle stop #10 at Reds Meadow Resort if you want to visit the market or other resort services.

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6,888 ft. at junction of Fish Valley - 7,670 ft. at Rainbow Falls trailhead


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