Hiking in Reds Meadow (Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls)

Sep 02, 2022

Please Note: These hikes are accessible via the Reds Meadow Shuttle during summer months.

The mandatory shuttle runs through September 5, 2022. After that time, visitors can enter in their own vehicle. Starting on October 1, 2022, please be prepared for up to 30 minute delays due to tree work along the road. The road will close for the season on October 11, 2022.

Mammoth Lakes is surrounded by two million acres of Inyo National Forest with dozens of hiking trails. Many of the trailheads in Mammoth Lakes are accessible by shuttles, so you don’t even need to worry about your car when you want to explore the area on a hike.

The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) Reds Meadow Shuttle is the only way to travel to Reds Meadow, including Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls and numerous hiking trails, in the summer (mid-June to early September). Once you board the Reds Meadow Shuttle from the Mammoth Adventure Center or The Village at Mammoth, you can hop on and off at any of the shuttle stops throughout your day, giving you access to multiple trailheads and miles of trails in Reds Meadow. 

What to Expect on Hikes in Reds Meadow

Reds Meadow is the perfect place for a full day of exploration. A variety of trailheads lead to the region’s many iconic viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes. From easy hikes to Rainbow Falls, the wildflower-covered Agnew Meadows and Devils Postpile National Monument to more strenuous trails that wind through the John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas past stunning alpine lakes and connect to parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, Reds Meadow offers something for hikers of all levels.

Trailheads in Reds Meadow

Stop by the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center to purchase a map of hiking trails in Reds Meadow.

Shuttle Stop 1 – Agnew Meadow Trailhead

From this trailhead, you can access the Agnew Meadow – Pumice Flat Trail and Agnew Wildflower Loop trail.

Shuttle Stop 2 – Starkweather LakeTrailhead

From this trailhead, you can access Starkweather Trail.

Shuttle Stop 5 – Minaret Falls Trailhead

From this trailhead, you can access the Minaret Falls TrailMinaret Lake Trail, Beck Lake Trail and Emily Lake Trail.

Shuttle Stop 6 – Devils Postpile Trailhead

From this trailhead, you can access the Devils Postpile Trail.

Shuttle Stop 7 – Sotcher Lake Trailhead

From this trailhead, you can access the Sotcher Lake Feeder trail, Sotcher Lake Loop trail and Sotcher Lake – Mammoth Pass Trail.

Shuttle Stop 9 – Rainbow Falls & Mammoth Pass Trailheads

From this trailhead, you can access the Rainbow Falls Trail, Fish Creek Trail and Mammoth Pass Trail.

Getting to Reds Meadow

By Shuttle

The mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle operates from mid-June to early September. During these peak visitation months, the shuttle is the only way to access Reds Meadow for day use. Take the Reds Meadow Shuttle (tickets can be purchased at the Mammoth Adventure Center using any method of payment or on the bus with cash only) from either The Village at Mammoth on the Canyon Boulevard side or the Mammoth Adventure Center at Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge. 

By Car

When the summer shuttle service wraps up for the season (around early September), private vehicles are allowed on the road to Reds Meadow.

Meghan Miranda

Meghan has been living and playing in Mammoth Lakes since 2016. She enjoys any outdoor activities that her dogs can tag along for. See more of Meghan's adventures on her blog Meg Moves Mountains.

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