Mammoth Pass Trail 4.1 mi

  • During Mammoth's brief gold rush, in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the Mammoth Pass Trail represented the shortest, gentlest route to civilization. It was 54 miles to Oakhurst (then Fresno Flats) and cost travelers $15 to use, excluding freight costs. Today the trail is free. Climbing gently from Horseshoe Lake to a low, forested saddle just above popular McLeod Lake, the trail then enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness for approximately 2 miles before crossing back over the wilderness boundary and dropping into Reds Meadow Valley.

  • During Mammoth's brief gold rush, in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the Mammoth Pass Trail represented the shortest, gentlest route to civilization. It was 54 miles to Oakhurst (then Fresno Flats) and cost travelers $15 to use, excluding freight costs. Today the trail is free. Climbing gently from Horseshoe Lake to a low, forested saddle just above popular McLeod Lake, the trail then enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness for approximately 2 miles before crossing back over the wilderness boundary and dropping into Reds Meadow Valley.

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