Valley from Duck Lake (198K)
Red, Skeleton Lakes (199K)
Campground to Duck Lake
||5.01 miles - 1 way
||Out and back
|Mid to late
day - long day hike
days - moderate overnight
||Coldwater Campground (Turn
left before Lake Mary)
+1794'/-446' = 1384'
Lake with Pika Lake in the background.
Pictures from 09/22/97
Coldwater Campground to Duck lake:
Take Lake Mary Road from Downtown
Mammoth Lakes. You will make a left hand turn just before Lake Mary. Proceed
to the Coldwater Campground. Head southeast to a sign and pass it. Follow
the signs to Duck Pass.
The Duck Pass Trail is a long dusty trail that is
a fairly moderate climb until you pass Barney Lake. The trail traverses along
Arrowhead, Skelton, Woods, Red and Barney Lakes. After you pass Barney Lake
you begin the steep switchbacks of the Duck Pass. There is very little cover
along this stretch of trail all the way to Duck Lake, so you may want to
carry a hat and plenty of sun screen. Stay on the main trail which leads off
to the right around Duck Lake. If you look along the southwest side of the
lake, you can see the beautiful Cascade Valley in the background.