“One of the most beautiful trails in all of the Inyo National Forest.”
— Tom Robson
Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife
Be prepared for a true high alpine running experience. This trail is all above 9,000'.
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.