Shadow Creek Trail
The Shadow Creek trail travels past glacier-fed lakes and icy streams at the base of the Minarets and Mount Ritter. The trail starts at Agnew Meadows (shuttle bus stop #1). For the first three miles to Olaine Lake, the Shadow and River Trails are combined. At the trail junction where River Trail follows the San Joaquin River, the Shadow Creek Trail turns up Shadow Creek to climb past Shadow Lake and connect with the John Muir Trail. Hikers can go north or south on the John Muir Trail or continue up Shadow Creek to Ediza and Iceberg Lakes.
This is an active bear area so you must use bear canisters to secure your food and refuse.
Common Destinations: Ediza Lake, Iceberg Lake, John Muir Trail, Thousand Island Lake loop.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Road closed in winter (mid-October through late June)|
|Reservations:||Reserve wilderness permits up to 6 months in advance at the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Recreation.gov Page|
|Rentals & Guides:||Reds Meadow Pack Train is located near Reds Meadow Resort offering day rides and mule pack trips (800) 292-7758.|
|Fees:||Visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley pay a per-person transportation fee which allows use of the mandatory shuttle bus. Call Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for more shuttle information. (760)924-5500.|
|Open Season:||Road closed in winter.|
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at trailhead. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Leave Hwy 395 at Hwy 203 to the town of Mammoth Lakes. Turn right on Minaret Road and go to Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (Main Lodge) for long term parking and to board the mandatory shuttle to the trailhead. Shuttle stop #1 is Agnew Meadows.
Backpacker parking is at Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Shadow Creek Trail has many fishing opportunities, Brook and Rainbow Trout are common in Shadow and Rosalie Lakes, Ediza, Iceberg and Cecile Lakes hold Brook Trout. Check the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide for more information.
River and Stream Fishing
Brook Trout are common in streams in this area. Check the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide for trout species in all the streams.