California’s Great Beyond

Agnew Meadows Trail

This short nature trail is just 200 feet each way along the Reds Meadow Valley floor and fills with wildflowers each June and July. To get here, all visitors ride a shuttle bus from Mammoth’s Main Lodge parking lot down into the valley floor (small fee applies). Keep an eye out for horseback trips led by the valley pack station. Agnew Meadows is also the starting point for Shadow Lake Trail and High Trail, a hike that is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a great way to get views of Mammoth giants Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak and the Minarets in a single morning or afternoon. The first two miles are a 1,200-foot incline. Thousand Island Lake, 7.5 miles into the backcountry, is popular with backpackers. Wilderness permits are required for overnight stays in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Please contact either Mono County Tourism or the Inyo National Forest for permit information, which can be viewed on Shadow Lake and Lake Ediza are extremely popular backpacking destinations out of the Angew Meadow Trailhead, and camping restrictions apply. Current regulations and no-camping zones are posted along the trail and again, it is always best to contact the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers for permitting information, current trail conditions and any additional restrictions that may be in place during your trip.