Joy along this trail at the 
intersection of the John Muir 
and Pacific Crest trails
Agnew Meadows to Reds Meadow
Distance: 7 Miles (roundtrip)
Starting Elevation: 8,070 feet
Ending Elevation: 7,610 feet
Topo Maps: Mammoth Mtn., Crystal Crag
Trailhead: Agnew Meadows


The is a beautiful trail along the San Joaquin River.  It passes many of the area highlights such as Devils Postpile and Minaret Falls.  It is often crowded because of the close proximity to the campgrounds.

This trail starts at Agnew Meadows.  Park at the second parking lot (North of the PCT lot) and enter the River Trail.  From the River Trail you head South to Reds Meadows.  The trail descends to the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river, meeting the Pacific Crest Trail.  While along the PCT you can follow the wood plaques on the trees (trail markers instead of blazes on the trees) to ensure you are on the correct trail.

After passing Minaret Falls you come across an intersection of the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.  Follow the John Muir Trail to Reds Meadow.  Reds Meadow has a convenience store, a nice diner, horseback riding, and hot showers.

Store at Reds Meadows

Cafe at Reds Meadows

Trip References:
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996.  High Sierra Hiking Guide Devils Postpile.  Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 36-38 (day hike #7).
The trail described in this book stops at Devils Postpile, continue to Reds Meadows.

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