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 goes to Cascade Valley and eventually connects to the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails near Purple Lake or Tully Hole.


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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 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 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 above 10,000 ft.
- This is an active bear area; check food storage maps for where you must use bear resistant food containers to secure your food and trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Overnight trips have a quota of 15 people each day for Fish Creek and Cascade Valley from May 1 to November 1. The John Muir Trail has a separate quota. Check the area map for the correct trail name for where you are going.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Mammoth Lakes
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
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 #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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  Elevation : 
6,888 ft. at junction of Fish Valley - 7,670 ft. at Rainbow Falls trailhead


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