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Duck Pass Trail

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 4.9 (14)

One of the most beautiful trails in all of the Inyo National Forest.


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5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

Point to Point

10,758' 3,279 m

High

9,126' 2,782 m

Low

1,649' 503 m

Up

627' 191 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Description

Climbing over Duck Pass to join the John Muir Trail, the Duck Pass Trail starts on a forested hillside behind Coldwater Campground and goes past Arrowhead, Skelton, and Barney Lakes before going over Duck Pass. A side trail to Emerald Lake offers an alternate route to Skelton Lake. Common destinations beyond Duck Pass include Duck Lake, with an intense, deep-blue color, and nearby Purple Lake.

A true gem of the John Muir Wilderness, Duck Pass Trail is a must-do and won't be forgotten for a long time.

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Tom Robson

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  4.9 from 14 votes

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The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Duck Lake and Pika Lake viewed from the top of Duck Pass.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Duck Lake in the afternoon light.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Duck Lake on a fall afternoon.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Mammoth Mountain, Barney Lake, and Skelton Lake from Duck Pass Trail
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The crystal clear blue Duck Lake.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA

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Oct 12, 2019
Thomas Shaw
Went to Skelton Lake and Arrowhead Lake!
Sep 9, 2019
Devon Allen
10.8mi — 4h 35m
Aug 21, 2019
Becky B
This is a beautiful trail, and great for people like us who are new to the area. It's also an easy way to connect to the JMT and the PCT. 6.6mi — 4h 00m
Aug 1, 2019
AJ B
Jul 20, 2019
Dan C
Stopped at Barney Lake and back to the parking lot. Awesome day and hike! 6.5mi
Sep 19, 2018
Ed Miller
Oct 14, 2017
Jim Barnard
Jul 16, 2017
sarah paprocki