Devils Postpile Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Beck Lake AA12


This trail does not connect to the John Muir Trail.

The road to Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile is closed for the winter. Shuttle service and road access to Reds Meadow Valley usually begins the last week of June. Backpackers visiting this area in winter must be prepared to ski, snow shoe or hike into the valley.

ICE and SNOW ALERT- Mountain elevations in this area traditionally have ice and snow until late June or early July.

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

The trail to Beck Lake also goes to some little known places like Noname, Lost Dog, Superior and Holcomb Lake. 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.

Know Before You Go:


Beck Lake Area:

  • No campfires at Beck Lakes, Holcomb, Ashley, Anona or Fern Lakes; and no campfires above 10,000 ft., look at USFS Webpage for campfire restriction maps.
  • 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.
  • All visitors to Reds Meadow Valley pay a transportation fee which allows use of the mandatory shuttle bus. Call Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for more shuttle information. (760)924-5500.
  • Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
  • Deadline: Reservation will be canceled unless the permit pick up instructions are completed before the deadline. Instructions are in the confirmation letter.
  • Only the group leader or alternate leader may pick up the permit; the person picking up the permit must be going on the wilderness trip.
  • BE SURE YOUR DATES AND TRAIL ARE CORRECT - The entire group must start on the trail on the entry date listed. Reservations cannot be changed or transferred.

USFS Webpage for: Beck Lake.


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
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