Rush Creek Trail


The trail name "Rush Creek" comes from how fast the water rushes down this steep canyon to recharge the beautiful Silver Lake of the June Lakes area. Climbing past Agnew and Gem Lake, this trail climbs up the Rush Creek Canyon and gives access to the John Muir Trail near Waugh Lake. Side trails go: past Alger Lakes to Parker Pass; past Clark Lakes to Agnew Pass; and to Spooky Meadow (trail not recommended for stock). This is an active bear area.

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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: Frontier Pack Train is located near the Rush Creek Trailhead. 888-437-MULE
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - No campfires at Waugh Lake, Lower Davis, Weber, Sullivan or Clark Lakes, north side of Gem Lake, or Upper Rush Creek; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. see Map of Campfire Restrictions.
- Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 30 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1 for the Rush Creek trail.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
- Yosemite wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park.
Closest Towns: Limited services at June Lake, full service at Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Flush toilet at trailhead. 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 Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


From Hwy 395, follow the June Lake Loop (Hwy.158). Trail head starts from a large paved parking area on the West side of the road and the North end of Silver Lake, near the pack station and Silver Lake Campground & RV Park.



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7,246ft. at trailhead - 9,646 at JMT junction


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