Rock Creek Area Trails

Inyo National Forest - Wilderness Permits, CA

Hilton Lakes JM06


This trail does not connect to the John Muir Trail.

Major reconstruction activities will be taking place on Rock Creek Road for the duration of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. While the road will remain open to traffic throughout the project, visitors may experience delays of up to 30 minutes. Additionally, at certain times, the road may need to be closed for longer periods of time, Monday through Friday.

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

ROAD CONSTRUCTION- Expect Limited Parking and 30 Minute Delays

Permit Availability

Entrance Description

Starting near the pack station by Rock Creek Lake, the Hilton Lakes trail takes hikers through a forest of whitebark and lodgepole pines before it enters a basin with many lakes, including Hilton and Davis Lakes.

Know Before You Go:


Hilton Lakes Area:

  • No campfires at Hilton Creek Lakes, Davis Lake or Hilton Creek; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. look at USFS Webpage for campfire restriction maps.
  • 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 Mono Pass, Tamarack Lakes or Little Lakes Valley are a different reservation.
  • 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: Hilton Lakes.


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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