Taboose Pass Trail


Experience many biologic zones as this strenuous trail begins from the black lava rocks and sage of the Owens Valley floor. The trail climbs more than 6,000 feet as it follows the canyon of Taboose Creek between Cardinal Mountain and Goodale Mountain. Crossing over Taboose Pass leads to the John Muir Trail and destinations in Kings Canyon National Park south of Mather Pass. This trail is not recommended for stock. 

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. Permits to start on this trail are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.  
Restrictions: Taboose Pass Area: This trail is not recommended for stock.
- No campfires above 10,400 ft. or along Taboose Creek.
- All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.
- 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.
- This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
- John Muir Wilderness Regulations Apply.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park (includes no night box permit pickup; no pets).
Closest Towns: Limited services in Big Pine and Independence, full services in Bishop and Lone Pine.
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: Wilderness permit information (760) 873-2483
Area information, call White Mt. Visitor Center (760) 873-2500

General Information


From Highway 395, about 12 miles south of Big Pine, head West on Taboose Creek Rd. Travel approximately 6 miles on the rough, bumpy dirt road to its end.


Limited parking. Not recommended for trailers.

General Notes:

Bear lockers are not available at this trailhead. It is recommended to secure any food or scented items in the trunk of your vehicle and cover your ice chests.



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  Elevation : 
5,400 feet at trailhead - 11,414 ft. at Taboose Pass


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