Devils Postpile Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Fish Creek AA14


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

Fish Creek trail follows the general route of an old wagon trail. Starting near Reds Meadow Resort shuttle stop # 10 or the Rainbow Falls trailhead shuttle stop #8 the trail passes multiple junctions with the John Muir, Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls trails. The Fish Creek trail follows Crater Creek to the Fish Creek Valley. Eleven miles down the trail is the popular Iva Belle hot springs. Beyond Iva Belle, the trail goes to Cascade Valley and eventually connects to the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails near Purple Lake or Tully Hole.

Know Before You Go:


Fish Creek Area:

  • No campfires above 10,000 ft.
  • This is an active bear area; check food storage maps on the USFS Webpage for where you must use bear resistant food containers to secure your 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: Fish Creek.


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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