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Duck Pass Trail

 7 votes

Length

5.5 Miles 8.8 Kilometers

83%

Runnable

Singletrack

Elevation

1,649' 503 m

Ascent

-627' -191 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

10,758' 3,279 m

High

9,126' 2,782 m

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

Tom Robson

Overview

Features: Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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