Exploring Reds Meadow
Oct 15, 2020
With crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes and majestic forests, Reds Meadow Valley is an ideal place to camp during the summer and enjoy fishing, hiking or riding a horse through this pristine setting. Located on the other side of Mammoth Mountain, there are seven campgrounds in the area: Agnew Meadows, Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow, Pumice Flat, Upper Soda Springs, Pumice Flat Group and Devils Postpile. Many of the campsites at Reds Meadow are located on the scenic Reds Creek, close to hiking trails such as the 1.5-mile Sotcher Lake Trail and the 12-mile Devils Postpile Trail.
Reds Meadow Valley is also home to Reds Meadow Resort, a favorite spot for hikers and campers. The resort not only rents cabins, but also houses a shower facility open to the public. Their general store is a great place to stock up on necessities whether you are camping nearby or passing through along the John Muir or Pacific Crest trails. You can even send yourself a resupply package to this location.
How To Get Here
By car (only for shuttle exceptions and periods when the shuttle is not running):
From Mammoth Lakes: At the intersection of State Route 203 (Main Street), Minaret Road and Lake Mary Road, take State Route 203 west about 6 miles to the Minaret Vista entrance booth. Note that after Minaret Vista, State Route 203 narrows to a single-lane road with turnouts and steep curves for about 2 miles. Continue through the booth on State Route 203 for another 13.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at the sign into campground.
The Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile shuttle runs in conjunction with the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Shuttle from the Village at Mammoth, and you may also board the shuttle at the Adventure Center near the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. Shuttles depart the base of the mountain once an hour between 7:15 and 9:00 a.m., every 20 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and every 30 minutes from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information on the shuttle schedule and fares, click here.