Haiwee Pass Trail


The Haiwee Pass trail is located in the eastern portion of the  South Sierra Wilderness. The trail begins at 4,940 feet near Haiwee Creek, and climbs to Haiwee Pass, at 8,500 feet. The trail is primitive and can be overgrown or faint in places as it winds through canyon live oak woodland, crossing Haiwee Creek several times. At Haiwee Pass, one can continue westward towards the South Fork of the Kern River, or head north towards Olancha Pass and Summit Meadows.

NOTICE: A flood damaged the first two miles of the Haiwee Pass Trail. It is not stock passable and may be difficult to locate.

Common Destinations: Haiwee Pass, Dutch John Flat, Golden Trout Wilderness

Haiwee Pass Recreation Guide

Download area map for trail names

To purchase maps and guidebooks go to sierraforever.org

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail and trailhead severely damaged by flooding. The first two miles of the trail are difficult to follow.
Reservations: You do not need a reservation for trips starting at Haiwee unless you will end the trip at Mt Whitney. Contact Inyo National Forest for information about walk in permits for non quota trails.
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: Light
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). Campsite Selection:
- Please choose an existing campsite more than 100 feet from water.
Preserve the Past- Leave No Trace
- 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.
For more information about Leave No Trace, visit lnt.org
Closest Towns: Limited services in Olancha, CA and full service in 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


From US 395, south of Olancha, CA, 

  • At mile marker 25.5,  near Haiwee Reservoir, turn west onto Haiwee Canyon Road.
  • Travel on the dirt road until it ends at the Haiwee Pass trailhead.


Low clearance vehicles and vehicles with trailers should park at the end of the graded road, and not enter the canyon where the road turns to dirt and becomes narrow.



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5,120 feet - 8,160 feet


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