Onion Valley Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Golden Trout Lakes JM30


This trail cannot be used to go to Kearsarge Pass.

This trail does not connect to the John Muir Trail.

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

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

Starting from Onion Valley, the Golden Trout Lakes trail is a rough trail leading to high alpine basins containing the Golden Trout Lakes. This trail does not cross the Sierra Crest.

Know Before You Go:


Golden Trout Lakes Area: Special approval is required for commercial use. The trail is not recommended for stock.

  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
  • Check the area map for the correct trail name. Trips going toward Kearsarge Pass are a different reservation.
  • This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
  • 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: Golden Trout.


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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