Convict Creek Trail


After following the north shore of Convict Lake, this rugged, steep trail climbs a steep, v-shaped canyon with several exposed sections. Within 1.5 miles from the trail's start, sections of the trail have been washed out by flash flooding in 2012 and 2016. Laurel Canyon trail provides alternate access to the upper canyon.

Hikers should be prepared for hazardous stream crossings and rough terrain on this trail.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Difficult water crossing during spring run off.
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Overnight visitors are limited to 10 people per day, May 1 through November 1.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No campfires at Mildred Lake; and no campfires above 10,000 ft., see Maps of Campfire Restrictions. Food, trash, and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 ft. above the ground and 10 ft. away from tree trunk. Special approval is required for commercial use. This trail is Not recommended for stock. Groups cannot be larger than 15 people. John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
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
Information Center: Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (760) 924-5500
Wilderness permit information (760) 873-2483
Weather forecast Avalanch Advisory

General Information


Leave Hwy 395 just south of the Mammoth Airport and follow Convict Lake Road. The trailhead starts near the outflow of Convict Lake and follows the North shore. Additional trailhead parking is available near the resort pack station corral.



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7,597 ft. at Convict Lake


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