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Duck Pass Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.9 (15)

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


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

83%

Runnable

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

Runner Notes

Be prepared for a true high alpine running experience. This trail is all above 9,000'.

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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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.9 from 15 votes

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  4.9 from 15 votes
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Photos

Duck Lake and Pika Lake viewed from the top of Duck Pass.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
The Duck Pass Trail climbs up the valley from the trailhead at Coldwater Campground.
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
The crystal clear blue Duck Lake.
Oct 17, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Snowy mountains through the trees on Emerald Lake Trail.
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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