Duck Pass Trail

Inyo National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,213ft
Trailhead Elevation9,142ft
Elevation Min/Max9142/10771ft
Elevation Start/End9142/9142ft

Duck Pass Trail

Duck Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Mammoth Lakes, California. It is within John Muir Wilderness and Inyo National Forest. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 9,142 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,213 feet. The Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine information is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. This trail connects with the following: Emerald Lake Trail and 27e10.

Duck Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This short hike leads from the famous road- and campground-encircled Mammoth Lakes into the glacier-carved valley of upper Mammoth Creek in the John Muir Wilderness. Six timberline tarns lie beneath the Mammoth Crest, and this trail leads to the first in that chain of scenic lakes."

"This hike to a pass over the Sierra Crest features sweeping panoramas of the High Sierra and passes four alpine lakes in a wide mountain valley. From the pass you can look down at massive Duck Lake, one of the largest backcountry lakes in the Sierra Nevada.

Duck Pass, which crosses a low point in the Sierra Crest just south of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, is one of the easiest routes into the High Sierra backcountry. From the paved roads of the Mammoth Lakes Basin, it is a convenient hike over the pass and into the vast backcountry of the northern John Muir Wilderness. While the splendid mountains beyond the pass are generally the domain of extended backpacking trips, the pass itself and the lakes that surround it make fantastic hikes on their own."

Duck Pass Trail Reviews

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This hike was amazing! Duck Lake is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I've ever seen, with bright blue water and surrounding glacier-covered peaks. The views along the way near Barney Lake are also phenomenal. We started out at Lake Mary and hiked to Arrowhead, Skelton, Barney, and then finally reached Duck Lake. There was a good amount of traffic until we reached Barney, and then we saw less folks on the trail. All the lakes were so gorgeous, beautiful views of mountains all around. The hiking was pretty moderate but there was some steady climbing, a few steep portions. It was also exhausting in the sweetest kind of way. I cannot stress the importance of checking out every lake--well worth it. There were a few patches of snow (starting near Barney Lake), which were fairly easy to navigate. It’s easily passable but bring a change of dry socks if you plan on camping out. Bring sunscreen, too, because there is a lot of full sun exposure. Spectacular panoramic views start from around Skeleton Lake, but every bit of the hike is beautiful before this point.
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I actually did this trail up to Barney Lake. The trail is easy to follow and has most of the elevation gain in the beginning. The views are spectacular. I did an offshoot trail just after arrowhead lake that lead to a lookout of the Mammoth Crest and had some great views towards the town. Highly recommended trail. The only downside to this trail was I was eaten alive by the mosquitos. Mammoth has had a lot of rain this summer and thus has had higher than normal populations of mosquitos. I however didn't have repellent so I was eaten alive.

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Trail Information

Inyo National Forest
Nearby City
John Muir Wilderness
Mammoth Ranger District, 2510 Highway 203, Mammoth Lakes 93546 (760) 924- 5500
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Nov 2018