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, the Shadow and River Trails are combined. Near Olaine Lake the trails split. The Shadow Trail climbs past Shadow Lake to connect with the John Muir Trail. No camping at Shadow Lake and some areas along Shadow Creek and Ediza Lake. 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

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides: Reds Meadow Pack Train is located near Reds Meadow Resort. 1(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.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Day use does not require a permit. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. Quota of 30 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1 for the Shadow Creek trail. You must fit in the Shadow Creek quota to go from Agnew Meadow to the Shadow Creek or Lake Ediza area.
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Restrictions: - No campfires from Shadow Lake to Ediza & Iceberg Lakes; no campfires above 10,000 ft.
- No camping at Shadow Lake, parts of Shadow Creek and the east side of Lake Ediza.
- Bear containers are required for storage of all food and trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- River Trail and High Trail have separate quotas. Check the area map for the correct trail for where you are going.
- Not recommended for stock beyond Lake Ediza.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
- Yosemite wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park.
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes, CA (full service, hospital)
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
Information Center: For wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


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. 



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  Elevation : 
8,322 ft. at Agnew Meadow Trailhead - 9,777 ft. at Iceberg Lake


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