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Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Fern Lake AA13


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 Fern Lake trail follows Snow Canyon toward King's Creek and Summit Meadow on the way to Fern and Anona Lakes. Start 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 where a bridge across the river leads to several trail junctions. You can continue past Summit Meadow and Granite Stairway toward Bench Canyon or Isberg Pass.

Know Before You Go:


Fern Lake Area:

  • No campfires at Fern Lake, Anona, Ashley, Holcomb or Beck Lakes; and no campfires above 10,000 ft.
  • 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: Fern 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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