John Muir Trail - North 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 north of Devils Postpile National Monument. From the Devils Postpile Visitor Center (shuttle stop #6) it is less than a mile to the junction with the John Muir Trail. As you follow the John Muir Trail it climbs above Minaret Falls and goes past Johnston Lake, Trinity Lakes and Gladys Lake. It is possible to go all the way to Happy Isles in Yosemite.

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

Common Destinations: John Muir Trail (northbound)

 Download area map for trail names.

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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 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.; and no campfires at some locations below 10,000ft. from Shadow Creek to Donohue Pass, look at Maps of Campfire Restrictions.
- No Camping at Shadow Lake; or within 1/4 mile of the outflow of Garnet Lake or Thousand Island Lake.
- Bear containers are 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 John Muir Trail north of Devils Postpile.Trips going toward Minaret Lake, Beck Lake, Fern Lake or South of Devils Postpile are a different permit. Check the area map for the correct trail name.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
- Yosemite wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park.
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 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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7,543 ft. at Devils Postpile Visitor Center


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