Mammoth Crest Traverse Trail

Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

Mammoth Crest Traverse Trail

Mammoth Crest Traverse Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"From the popular Mammoth Lakes Recreation Area, the Mammoth Crest appears as a solid wall of impenetrable cliffs, so it may come as a surprise to find that the moderately sloping southwest side of the crest is an excellent place for a scenic hike. Views from the crest are expansive, spanning the High Sierra from Silver Divide, over Fish Valley, across the John Muir Wilderness, down into the Devils Postpile area, then north across the Ansel Adams Wilderness to the Minarets and Mount Ritter. This traverse is almost a loop, beginning at Cold Water Campground and ending 2.2 miles northwest at Lake George. Two miles of this traverse, between Duck Pass and Deer Lakes, are actually more like a route than a trail, as you follow a sketchy path over high meadows. (Note: The connection between Duck Pass and Deer Lakes is not shown on the John Muir Wilderness map and is marked incorrectly on the Ansel Adams Wilderness Map.)"

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Trail Information

Mammoth Lakes
Nearby City
810 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
July through September
9,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,230 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Bloody Mountain (meters) and Crystal Crag; Ansel Adams Wilderness Map
Local Maps

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