Day Miles Day Miles Elev Trail Jct or Landmark; Su / 1: 0.0: 0.0: 4035: Happy Isles Trailhead But there they were in the scree along rush creek, right as you pass the wooden Ansel Adams Wilderness sign, just before crossing the creek to the side closer to their homes, thus scaring all the cute away. On the far eastern edge of Yosemite, just 1.5 miles from the Tioga Pass toll plaza, is the Mono/Parker Pass trailhead. The first few miles of the beginning of this section are exposed, starting immediately from the Rush Creek trailhead. I will join the JMT at the end of the second day at Rush Creek. Not a problem! RECOMMENDED ROUTE Mammoth Crest - Duck Pass Loop 13.2 mi 21.2 km • 2,875' Up 876.21 m Up • 2,890' Down 880.93 m Down. If you can’t get a permit, you might need to hike somewhere else on the PCT or in the Sierra Nevada off of the JMT/PCT corridor. Official John Muir Trail permits and Pacific Crest Trail permits meet this criteria, but if you start in Inyo National Forest, which you probably will, you will need to use, https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wpres.htm, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21234, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/recarea/?recid=20668&actid=51, https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20796. June 18, 2015 Hiked from Rush Creek (9,670') over Island Pass (10,221') to Trinity Lakes (9,000'). Mono Meadow trailhead not acccessible in 2021. There are more people interested in hiking the John Muir Trail than the trail can handle. Just east of Yosemite and not far from Highway 395 is Forest Service Road 1S23/Sawmill Canyon Road. Hiking northbound from Cottonwood Lakes is the most popular alternative as you won’t miss as much of the trail, but is more challenging. Located near the southeast boundary, it is a very popular destination despite its long distance (13.5 mi) from the nearest trailhead. I obviously enjoyed that section of trail - I'm just curious which trailhead, and which trail is best. Distance: 210.4 (official length ending at Whitney summit) / 221 total miles (end-to-end length with summit of Whitney and descent to Whitney Portal) . 9. Up Shadow Creek to Ediza Lake. Lyell from the east via Rush Creek at Silver Lake Resort (near June Mtn Ski area) or Agnews Meadow near Mammoth Lakes (this is the longer of the two). There is a lake just after the pass, and while camping is limited there, it is absolutely gorgeous and you will likely have it all to yourself. At this point, you’ll be so elated about your experienced on the JMT that nothing can rattle you! Location: John Muir Wilderness, Fresno County, 51 miles east of Prather over Kaiser Pass. Permits can be reserved here, but are becoming more competitive. This loop passes through some of the best scenery of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and was created as an alternative to the JMT. From here, it’s 3.1 miles to Thousand Island Lake and 5.7 miles to Garnet Lake, both of which have excellent camping but are very crowded. Just south of Yosemite on the eastern side of the Sierra is an entry point near the June Mountain ski area. These permits are also really easy to get as a walkup. Day Two - August 16, 2011 (Day's Mileage - 12.5 miles) I was able to get started this morning at 7:00. Ready for adventure Rush Creek trailhead is at an altitude of 2200 m, and our destination, Thousand Island Lake, is at almost 3000. Whitney). Several alternative entry points exist for the trail, although most of them either add mileage or skip small sections. From the parking lot, head south and follow the signs for Gem Lake and Waugh Lake. Below we’ll walk through the different components of the online application. Hikers may apply for a permit starting March 1st, and it can take up to two weeks to hear back from the wilderness permit office after sending your application. from Elm creek Park Reserve off of Fernbrook Lane N., 0.7 miles north of County Road 81 (Maple Grove) to W. River Road, 0.5 mile north of 98th Avenue N. (Brooklyn Park). Start at Rush Creek Trailhead. | All Rights Reserved, John Muir Trail North of Devils Postpile AA10, John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile AA15, High Sierra Trail 6 day itinerary (day-by-day descriptions), Big SEKI Loop – Complete guide to the trail, National Geographic Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Map. 15. This would turn out to be my starting time most mornings on the trail. This would turn out to be my starting time most mornings on the trail. From the top of New Army Pass, the switchbacks lead you down into a drainage that heads due west. Up Shadow Creek to Ediza Lake. You will arrive at the lake on the west end and there are several spots to relax for lunch or to swim. The trail climbs about 200 feet over the first 0.5 miles, passing some beautiful cascades. Yes. JMT permits are in high demand. After finishing the JMT, I’ll take the 4:05pm shuttle via the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS), to Mammoth Lakes and rent a hotel for the night. TIP: It’s best to acclimate before attempting this trailhead, even if it just means camping near the creek the night before. Trailhead: Bear Creek Diversion Dam, elevation 7,350 feet Elevation of outlet of Hilgard Branch at Bear Creek: 9,317 feet Elevation Gain to Hilgard Branch: 2052 feet (including ups and downs) Hiking Distance: 9 miles to Hilgard Branch junction No. The original guide is Starr's Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region, written by Walter Starr Jr. in 1933 and published by the Sierra Club.It is still available in revised form. The trail finally reaches the JMT just north of Island Pass after 22 miles. We'd take it easier today and hike all the way out tomorrow. A. Yosemite Valley, CA to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Bridalveil Creek Campground trailhead not accessible in 2021. You then go over Koip Peak Pass in another 3.5 miles, which is considerably more difficult at 12,270 feet, before finding campsites at Alger Lakes around 12 mile mark. start: The Rush Creek Trailhead is located on the June Lake loop (highway 158), across the road from Silver Lake. in On Adventures. The trail is Rush Creek and is the primary access point for Thousand Island Lake, which can be reached in 7.4 miles, but the slightly longer route to Island Pass is strongly recommended because of the incredible views. 4. The pass itself is north-facing and as a result has been known to hold snow well into summer, so early season starts are not advised. Yes. 15. This site describes the John Muir trail in its entirety, from Yosemite Valley to Mt. This is my Adventure Portal. The Pass itself is only 3.5 miles from the John Muir Trail and another half mile to Tyndall Creek where there is good camping. Rush Creek to Tuolumne Meadows - 19.82 Miles - From Rush Creek To Tuolumne Meadows - Elevation Gain – 2042 feet I could hear the rain all night and kept thinking about the swollen creeks that we will have to deal with the next day. The following trails are all within Inyo National Forest, and allow hikers to head north or south on the JMT. Today's destination was the Rush Creek Trailhead, where it joins up with the John Muir Trail. This trailhead is also popular with Whitney hikers, as it is a great semi-loop trip, and can be done in as little as 4 days if you desire. Mammoth…, CA. The trail name "Rush Creek" comes from how fast the water rushes down this steep canyon to recharge the beautiful Silver Lake of the June Lakes area. This is also a viable exit trailhead if you can’t make it all the way to Horseshoe Meadows, but don’t plan on hitching a ride. Tyndall is a (relatively) easy class two climb from the pass and only 1-1.5 miles away. If you want to bag Whitney, which I highly recommend you do, then you can camp at either Crabtree Meadows or Guitar Lake. your JMT in 2 permits after first getting a short one to go to Tuolumne Meadows from Happy Isles) where you do the 4 passes to the East of Donahue Pass and then connect with the JMT at Rush Creek just before you head South and going over Island Pass. *Some links here are part of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which helps fund this site. Could you expand upon PCT route vs JMT route? The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. The trail really did look like this most of the time. This makes it the 3rd year running that I managed to see these sneaky little cousins of the bunny. Anne took him to the emergency room in Mammoth about a half an hour away. There is a good campsite just across the creek from the start. Agnew Meadow to Lower Rainbow Falls (JMT Route) 11.8 mi 19.0 km • 696' Up 212.22 m Up • 1,443' Down 439.9 m Down. It was getting back to civilization and Meg day. Where do you access rush creek trailhead? Agnew Meadow to Lower Rainbow Falls (JMT Route) 11.8 mi 19.0 km • 696' Up 212.22 m Up • 1,443' Down 439.9 m Down. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Getting a permit is easy, and there are no crowds to contend with. General Travel Requirements Wilderness […] 13.2 miles. The Mt. Guitar Lake is more crowded, but has better views and gives you a head start for Climbing Mt. JOHN MUIR TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS (Yosemite to Reds Meadow) I’ve been home from the John Muir Trail for a little over a month now. Alternatively, you can approach Mt. … Start at Rush Creek Trailhead. Day 2: PCT/JMT past Emerald Lake, Ruby Lake, Garnet Lake. r/JMT: The John Muir Trail passes through what many backpackers say is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. trip report day 16 – Woods Creek (C.10.07) to Onion Valley Trailhead. Because this trail begins within the Yosemite National Park and not Inyo National Forest, you can exit at Whitney Portal if you begin here. If you are going to go the PCT route then get the Agnew meadows one. John Muir Trail (JMT) Day 23 – Onion Valley Trailhead (9,200ft) to Center Basin Creek (10,530ft) via Kearsarge Pass (11,810ft). We decided to camp near Rush Creek since that's one of the last campsites on our map before Donohue Pass. 20.27 miles and 2,808 feet of elevation gain. No special permit is needed to summit Mt. For those who have a limited amount of time to hike on the trail (or those who couldn’t get a permit to hike SOBO from Yosemite), section hiking the trail is a great option. For permits and trailhead information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wpres.htm For more information on the trail itself, check out this page on yosemitehikes.com, Starting Trailhead:       Walker Creek/Bloody Canyon, Pass:                             Mono Pass (5.5 miles, 10,620 feet), Distance to JMT:          22 miles near Island Pass, Difficulty:                      Difficult. All products listed here are my top recommendations regardless of where you get them. For permits and trailhead information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20796. Yes. This is part 1 in a 6 part series reviewing my 60 mile northbound trip on the John Muir Trail from June Lake into Yosemite.. 10. Take the JMT … Whitney Zone. Please note that if you go south on the JMT from one of these trailheads, you will likely need to exit at Horseshoe Meadow via either Cottonwood Pass trail or Cottonwood Lakes trail (because it is very difficult to get a permit for exiting Mt. It starts off at only 6,000 feet and follows Symmes Creek before cutting one drainage south towards Shepherds Creek. Park at trailhead parking lot* Yosemite Falls. Whitney High Country Trail Map shows the whole trail. Other JMT hikers we talked with had hiked to Onion Valley, then hitch-hiked into Independence to pick up a package at the post office. Here we have options to put together loops coming out of and back to the Rush Creek Trailhead through Agnew and Island Passes. To apply for a JMT permit, complete an online application. 11.5 miles – 7.2 miles to Bullfrog Lake junction plus 4.3 miles on the JMT. Rush Creek Regional Trail (MN) spans 9.64 mi. Camped near the food storage box just before the Center Basin Creek crossing. From Yosemite: Mono Pass trailhead to Rush Creek trailhead A nice trail connects Yosemite High Country and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Rush Creek Regional Trail (MN) spans 9.64 mi. I’m still glowing from the experience. From Rock Creek it’s another 7.8 miles to the John Muir Trail at Crabtree Meadows. I'm assuming the Devil's postpile start is at Red's so that will be easier. 6. The road terminates just south of Walker Lake. 11.5 miles. First view of Thousand Island Lake. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Mammoth Crest - Duck Pass Loop 13.2 mi 21.2 km • 2,875' Up 876.21 m Up • 2,890' Down 880.93 m Down. From here, hike southwest directly past Sardine Lakes to Mono Pass at 4.4 miles, where you turn south. Permits can be picked up at Lodgepole Visitor Center (open 7am-3:30pm, closed 11am-12pm for lunch) the day of your trip, or from 1pm or later the day before. 11.5 miles. Starting Trailhead: Walker Creek/Bloody Canyon. The John Muir Trail (JMT) passes through Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. 13.2 miles. There are a number of trailheads south of Donohue Pass that connect to the JMT and are easily accessible through public transportation. Whitney. trip report: John Muir Trail, July 2018 – part 5, Muir Trail Ranch to Kearsarge Pass/Onion Valley Trailhead Skip to entry content A key aspect I’ve highlighted ( part 3 ) about hiking alone on the John Muir Trail (JMT), or traveling alone in general, is that you are not really alone. There is a very steep, hot, dry, and exposed section of trail for 4-5 miles after leaving Symmes Creek before you reach reliable water again. 3,800 ft elevation gain. Guitar Lake is more crowded, but has better views and gives you a head start for Climbing Mt. At … 2,400 ft elevation gain. Mono Pass trailhead (2950m) Gem Lake (2761m) Thousand Island Lake (2997m): 3kms (cross-country via Sullivan Lake) or 6 kms (trail) Once you arrive at the park, you can take the free Sequoia National Park shuttle to pick up your permit in Lodgepole and then get back on the shuttle to go to the trailhead at Crescent Meadow. Whitney. Park at trailhead parking lot* Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking) 6. Mirror Lake to Snow Creek. Had the best views of the whole trip on this day. This requires backtracking briefly in the morning, but avoids hiking two passes the first day and buys you time to acclimate for Koip Peak Pass, which is a good idea if you are coming from sea level. If you want to bag Whitney, which I highly recommend you do, then you can camp at either Crabtree Meadows or Guitar Lake. It is easily recognizable from the summit of most peaks in Yosemite, thanks to the prominent Lyell Glacier on its northern flank, the largest in the park. This is the northernmost trailhead that connects directly to the JMT without passing through Yosemite National Park, leaving it free from the Donohue Pass exit quota. For permits and trailhead information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21234, Pass:                             Mono Pass(5.5 miles, 10,620 feet). Mt. ... John Muir Trail Ep.22- Tuolumne Meadows - Duration: 10:09. I will join the JMT at the end of the second day at Rush Creek. 15. From the pass, it’s about 9.5 miles to the Rock Creek ranger station, which has good camping. Additional regulations may apply for side trips, alternate routes, or stock travel and grazing. :D. Otherwise the trail is long and steep. Yosemite > Isberg Pass > Reds Meadow > Iva Bell hot springs > JMT (either up to Purple Lake or straight down to VVR) <-- The winner map of route from Yosemite to Iva Bell "Isberg is the prettier route in my opinion. Gem Lake and Waugh Lake, which you passed on the way, have excellent camping as well and are less crowded. If you attempt this trailhead, begin your hike very early and bring lots of water. Virtual Tour of Rush Creek … Tackling 3 passes your first day, including Koip at 12,270, is brutal and not recommended for anyone who is not acclimated. 14:22 We looked where the map told us there's a good campsite near Marie Lake Trailhead, but we weren't terribly pleased with the spots we found. Make sure to bring your itinerary with you because you must state where you plan to camp each night before the rangers will issue your permit (you are not required to follow this plan, they just want to have a general idea of where you plan to go). Days Needed: 18 to 21 days (seriously fit and experienced ultralight hikers may take less time, but you really need to know your limits, this is a very tough trail.). Rush Creek JUNE LAKE REVERSED CREEK GULL LAKE SILVER LAKE CRAG OH! Alternatively, you can head south 0.3 miles from the parking lot to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at Trail Pass, which makes it 5.8 miles to Cottonwood Pass. This is part 1 in a 6 part series reviewing my 60 mile northbound trip on the John Muir Trail from June Lake into Yosemite.. The task was a two pass day over Glenn and Kearsarge Passes. JMT Day 3, Rush Creek Intersection to Red’s Meadow Resort. View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and directions on TrailLink. Backpacking the John Muir Trail in 2012. Is the PCT route what is referred to as the "high trail". Rush Creek Trail - 4.70 Miles - From Silver Lake To Gem Lake - The day started out a little crazy. It wasn’t just a goal for day 16’s hike, it was what I had to get done. Because you are starting in Inyo National Forest and not Yosemite, you will either need a Whitney Exit Permit or exit at an alternative trailhead such as Cottonwood Lakes. Rush Creek is the main trailhead from June Lake. Whitney, 216 miles pressuring his brother, John, to come down to visit the Sierra and going hike on the John Muir Trail (JMT) for over a year now… and he did! Ahhhh, the rush of completion. Permits can be reserved here, but are becoming more competitive. From the parking lot head south towards both passes, going past Mono Pass at 4 miles and reaching Parker Pass at 6 miles. Day 1: Agnew Lake, Gem Lake, Waugh Lake, JMT/PCT over Island Pass to Thousand Island Lake. It is 154 miles long and is completely on maintained trails. 6. View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and directions on TrailLink. This route is longer but less steep and generally easier. I didn’t pack any mosquito repellant, and came to regret this … Since the BSL is a loop, there is a lot of flexibility regarding where you start, and there are several places where you could exit early if necessary. The trail starts at Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park (YNP) and ends on the summit of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,500 feet. This is a section hike of roughly the first part of the JMT (Yosemite Valley to Rush Creek Trailhead). Yes. (John Muir Trail North of Devils Postpile AA10), (get off at Devils Postpile or Red’s Meadow), (John Muir Trail South of Devils Postpile AA15). Day Two - August 16, 2011 (Day's Mileage - 12.5 miles) I was able to get started this morning at 7:00. Can’t get a permit to start in Yosemite? Tyndall and Mt. For permits and trailhead information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/recarea/?recid=20668&actid=51, Starting Trailhead:      Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground, Pass:                            Cottonwood Pass (4.1mi, 11,160 feet), Distance to JMT:          21 miles to Crabtree Meadows, Section Skipped:          Crabtree Meadows to Whitney Portal (18.7 miles), Starting Elevation:       10,072 feet, Difficulty:                      Moderate, Recommended Maps:    JMT Map Pack, Mt. From Soldier Lake you can either backtrack to the PCT, or hike ~4 miles on a lesser-maintained trail to the Rock Creek ranger station. Rush Creek Trailhead at Silver Lake We picked up our permit the next morning, and hit the trail at 10 am. If you have never hiked up from the Valley and summited Half … We woke up around 6 and started packing – my quilt was slightly da Alternatively, you can go over Mono Pass and camp at Summit Lake at the top or either of the two Sardine Lakes on the other side. However, if you need to use public transportation, you should start the hike at Crescent Meadow or Alta trailhead (take Sequoia Shuttle to Sequoia National Park) and connect to the BSL at Bearpaw Meadow (this will add around 12-13 miles to your trip). from Elm creek Park Reserve off of Fernbrook Lane N., 0.7 miles north of County Road 81 (Maple Grove) to W. River Road, 0.5 mile north of 98th Avenue N. (Brooklyn Park). The morning light was perfect for reflection pictures of Mount Ritter on a small seasonal lake, Thousand Island Lake, and Garnet Lake. From the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground, head west for 4.1 miles, where you will meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail at Cottonwood Pass. In less than a mile, you will cross the south fork of Cottonwood Creek. The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a classic trail that covers 211 miles of scenic beauty in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. No. The High Sierra Trail, which begins at Crescent Meadow (in Sequoia National Park) and ends at Whitney Portal, is a great option for those who have a limited amount of time and want to hike to the top of Mt. Off-trail past Iceberg Lake and Cecile Lake to Minaret Lake. 10. 15. When you hit the junction at Rush Creek you are only 0.5 miles and about 200 feet of elevation gain from the lake. I’m Gary. The doctor sutured his he The SO and I are looking to embark on a partial JMT backpacking trip, starting at Rush Creek and exiting at Cottonwood Pass->Horseshoe Meadows. Nicknamed Peter, the author vanished during a trip to the Minarets in 1933, his body was found after an intense search, and his book was published posthumously. 4. Day 12 – Rush Creek Trail to Tuolumne Meadows (Mile 200) It was another beautiful day on the John Muir Trail. 24 spots are available for reservation and 16 are available for walkups. Crossing Rush Creek is fairly simple, but be cautious if you are crossing when water levels are above average. This is a fairly strenuous trail, especially the Agnew Pass trail. Hiking from north to south (southbound) is arguably easier because it saves the highest passes for after you have already acclimated. There are several threads linked to below in this FAQ that describe this approach. This is a fairly strenuous trail, especially the Agnew Pass trail. There are several other trailheads that will meet up with the JMT, including Rush Creek, Shadow lake, Devil's Postpile, Reds Meadow Resort, Mammoth Pass Trail, and Duck Lake Trail. The three possible entry points are Robinson Creek trailhead in Hoover Wilderness, with a permit from Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, or Green Creek or Virginia Lakes trailhead - same permit location, or Rush Creek Trailhead - permits from Inyo National Forest and more difficult permitting process. This is a land of … Press J to jump to the feed. Head North (right), and just after the pass is Chicken Spring Lake, which is small but has room for a few tents. Ostrander (Lost Bear Meadow) trailhead not accessible in 2021. The trail is Rush Creek and is the primary access point for Thousand Island Lake, which can be reached in 7.4 miles, but the slightly longer route to Island Pass is strongly recommended because of the incredible views. Alternatively, you can keep hiking over Mono, Parker, and Koip passes, reaching Alger Lakes after about 13 miles. The California sun was already baking, and we have a heinous day of altitude gain ahead to reach the JMT. I’m the mountain-enthusiast and gearhead behind Granite Cliffs. Virtual Tour of Rush Creek Trail. The official trail goes to the right here and follows Cottonwood Creek proper, skirts the south shores of Cottonwood Lakes 1 and 2, followed by Long Lake and then High Lake. The River Trail is easy to navigate and after 6.5 miles you jump on the Pacific Crest trail and in 7.5 miles you are on the John Muir Trail. This route is roughly the same length as Cottonwood Pass but is both prettier and harder. Troy got up at 5 am to use the bathroom, got dizzy, fell down and cracked the back of his head open. Today I planned to make it to Tuolumne Meadows, grab a hot lunch, then push off the trail the next day in Yosemite Valley. Getting to the trailhead is easy if you use the Sequoia Shuttle, which goes from Visalia to Sequoia National Park ($20 round-trip). Hi! The creator of the BSL suggests starting (and finishing) your hike at Roads End. In 9.6 miles, you will reach the John Muir Trail just north of Island Pass, which arguably has the best views of the entire northern section of the JMT. You will probably want John Muir Trail north - devils postpile Thats if you are planning on taking the JMT section to Thousand island lake from mammoth. When you hit the junction at Rush Creek you are only 0.5 miles and about 200 feet of elevation gain from the lake. Yes (at Bridalveil Fall parking) Old Big Oak Flat Road. 2,400 ft elevation gain. Quick Facts. Trailhead JMT mile marker Length (miles to connect to JMT) Transportation Quota; Rush Creek (Rush Creek AA05)40: 7: YARTS (bus stops at trailhead) 30 : Shadow Creek (Shadow Creek AA07)49: 4.5: Red’s Meadow-Devils Postpile shuttle At the end of US Forest Service Road 14S102 is a remote trailhead for accessing Shepherds Pass. You’ll need to know your start date, where you’ll camp your first night, your trip leader, group size, end date, ending trailhead, and if you want to hike Half Dome. Use these to resupply in trail towns, plan section hikes or access the JMT from an alternate trailhead. The trail (from Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal) is 72 miles long and takes about a week to complete. Day 2: PCT/JMT past Emerald Lake, Ruby Lake, Garnet Lake. The first few miles of the beginning of this section are exposed, starting immediately from the Rush Creek trailhead. 9 likes. Soldier Lake is about a half mile to the north, roughly 12 miles from where you started, and is a good place to spend your first night. The trailhead is on the south side of the road, opposite the parking lot. © Hiking the JMT, 2018. 10. Alternatively, if you go left at the junction at the south fork early on, an unofficial trail will take you to Cirque Lake, a short jaunt from the official trail heading up the pass. Whitney. The views are absolutely stunning. I did jump in to Shadow Lake! There is information about planning a trip, including permits, reservations, meal planning and recipes. The 10 miles of trail leading to the pass is absolutely brutal, but it gives you great views of Mt. Williamson, both 14ers. There is a small booth which can issue wilderness permits during limited hours; otherwise you'll need to get your permit elsewhere (Mammoth Lakes ranger station, I think). Bear Creek - Key Facts. View Topo Map. The Marie Lake Trail branches off the JMT about 50 yards before the point where the JMT crosses Rush Creek. 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