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Mammoth Lakes Basin Area Trails
 

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

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Overnight Exiting Mt Whitney

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Entry Location: Deer Lakes - JM00


Deer Lakes trail is sometimes called the Crystal Crag trail. This trail begins with a steep climb up the ridge from Lake George to the Mammoth Crest and yields spectacular views of Crystal Crag and Crystal Lake. The trail continues along the rim of the Sierra Crest with views into the back country toward the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Deer Lake is at the end of the trail. If you want to connect to the John Muir Trail use the Duck Pass or Red Cones trail.

Know Before You Go:

DOWNLOAD AREA MAP FOR THIS TRAIL:Click Here.

Deer Lakes Area:

  • No campfires above 10,000 ft.
  • Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash. Surrounding areas require use of bear containers.
  • Camping is not allowed at Crystal Lake.
  • There are several different trails in the area Check the area map for the correct trail name.
  • 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: Deer Lake.


Exit Location: Mt. Whitney (Trailcrest Exit) - JM35


Exiting via Trail Crest allows you the option to hike to the summit of Mt Whitney and camp along the Mt Whitney trail as you finish your trip. All Mt. Whitney visitors are expected to pack-out their solid human waste. Pack-out kits are distributed with wilderness permits.

Know Before You Go:

DOWNLOAD AREA MAP FOR THIS TRAIL:Click Here.

All Mt. Whitney visitors are expected to pack

  • out their solid human waste (poop and paper). Pack
  • out kits are distributed with wilderness permits.
    • Special approval is required for commercial use. Stock is not allowed Trail Crest to Whitney Portal.
    • No Campfires. Be Bear Aware! There is a high level of bear activity in the Mt. Whitney area.
    • At the trailhead, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and stored in the bear proof lockers located in parking areas.
    • Put trash in bear proof trashcans at the trailhead.
    • Use bear
    • proof containers to store all food and refuse, there are no trees in this canyon suitable to hang food.
    • 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
    Safety Is Your Responsibility!

    None

  • Legend

    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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