California’s Great Beyond

Agnew Wildflower Loop

This short, flat, 0.6-mile nature trail makes an easy loop through the lush, upper-montane grasses and flowers of Agnew Meadow, just beyond the campgrounds and corrals. The bloom is generally at its best in late spring and early summer (into July), with colorful scatterings of larkspur, lupine, lilies, columbine, Indian paintbrush and many other varieties. Don't forget to bring bug repellent: mosquito season often coincides with the best wildflowers! Getting there is easy, and all visitors can 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. 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.