Olancha Pass Trail


The Olancha Pass trail is located in the northeastern portion of the South Sierra Wilderness. The trail starts at the Sage Flat trailhead, elevation 5,790 feet, and winds steeply up the Eastern Sierra escarpment to Olancha Pass, elevation 9,220 feet. It begins in canyon live oak woodland, and ends in a lodgepole forest, near Summit Meadow. The Olancha Pass trail provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Monache Meadow area. A public stock corral is located at the trailhead.

If you plan to end your trip the Haiwee Pass Trail, the lower portion of the trail is not stock stock passable due to fire and flood damage. The affected area is within two miles of the Haiwee Pass Trailhead.

Olancha Pass Trail Recreation Guide (pdf)

Common Destinations: Olancha Pass, Summit Meadows, Pacific Crest Trail, Golden Trout Wilderness

Download area map for trail names
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit sierraforever.org

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are not required for overnight trips into the South Sierra Wilderness, but are strongly recommended. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • Obtaining a wilderness permit gives one the opportunity to receive important messages about resource protection, current conditions, wildfires etc.
  • Wilderness permits may also provide important information to Search & Rescue teams, in the event of an emergency.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: South Sierra Wilderness regulations apply.
- Store food and refuse so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use). Stock cannot exceed 25. Campsite Selection
- Please choose an existing campsite more than 100 feet from water. Preserve the Past:
- Leave What You Find
- Examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
- Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
- Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
- Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. Leave-No-Trace
For more information about Leave-No-Trace, visit lnt.org .
Closest Towns: Olancha, CA and Lone Pine, CA
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 Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center: (760) 876-6200

General Information

General Notes:
  • From US 395, north of Ridgecrest, CA, travel to Sage Flat Road.
  • Turn west onto Sage Flat Road. Initially, the road is paved, but it turns to dirt.
  • The road winds around, north and west, and eventually ends at Sage Flat trailhead.



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5,790 ft. at trailhead. - 9,220 ft. at Olancha Pass


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