Big Pine Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Birch Lake JM25


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

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

This steep trail to Birch Lake starts by following an old jeep road that heads west from McMurry Meadows. The trail stays on the north side of Birch Creek as it climbs into the broad valley north of Birch Mountain until it crosses the stream just below Birch Lake.

Know Before You Go:


Birch Lake Area: Special approval required for commercial use. The trail is not recommended for stock 1/3 mile below Birch Lake.

  • No campfires above 10,400 ft.
  • Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
  • John Muir 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: Birch 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
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