Beck Lake Trail


This trail goes to some of the little know places, like Lost Dog and Noname Lake, as well as going to Beck Lakes. From Shuttle stop #6 in front of the Devils Postpile Visitor Center it is less that a mile to the junction with the John Muir Trail. A bridge across the river leads to several trail junctions. Above Minaret Falls, the Beck Lake trail separates from the Minaret Lake and John Muir trails. Going south of Red Top Mountain, the trail also gives access to Superior and Holcomb Lakes. Beck Lake trail does not access the John Muir or Pacific Crest trails. This is an active bear area so you must use bear resistant food storage containers to secure your food and refuse.


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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Rentals & Guides: Reds Meadow Pack Train is located near Reds Meadow Resort. 1(800) 292-7758.
Fees All 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. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.   
Open Season: Road is closed in winter.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - No campfires at Beck Lakes, Holcomb, Ashley, Anona or Fern Lakes; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. see Maps of campfire Restrictions.
- Bear containers are required for storage of food and trash.
- There are several different trails in the area. Check the area map for the correct trail name.
- The Beck Lake Trail includes trips to Holcomb, Superior and Ashley Lakes. Other trails in the area have separate quotas. You must fit into the quota for where you are going.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 15 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Flush 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 #6 is Devils Postpile Visitor Center.



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  Elevation : 
7,543 ft. at Devils Postpile Visitor Center - 9,818 ft. at Beck Lake


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