The class 2 west slope is easily accessible from the lake.
The chute at the south end of the east face is class 3 from about a mile south of Valentine Lake on the east side.
The peak is visible from Hwy. 395 going south into Mammoth Lakes.
The views from the summit extend as far south as Mt. Hooper above Florence Lake and as far north as Mt. Warren northwest of Mono Lake.
Take the Duck Pass trail 3.5 miles to the pass. "Duck Lake Peak" is the high point 1.2 miles to the east above the northeast end of the Lake.
Hike along or above the shore of the lake and scramble the west slope.
From Valentine Lake: From the junction of Hwy 203 at Mammoth Lakes go south on Hwy 395 1.4 miles to the Sherwin Creek Road. Go right on Sherwin Creek Road 3.5 miles to the campgrounds. Go left on a dirt road .2 miles at the picnic area and take the Sherwin Lakes trail switchbacks approximately 2.5 miles up to Sherwin Lakes. Continue on another 2.4 miles to Valentine Lake. From the south end of Valentine Lake hike off trail approximately 1.2 miles to the chute on the south side of the east face of "Duck Lake Peak". Climb the class 3 chute to the summit ridge and go north to the summit.
From The Pacific Crest Trail: At 2.3 miles north of Purple Lake along the PCT take the trail junction to Duck Lake .7 miles up to the lake and take the trail around the north side of the lake to the west slope of the peak.
For overnight camping permits in the
John Muir Wilderness click here.
There are numerous campgrounds around the Mammoth Lakes: There are campgrounds on the east side of Lake George at 9,000', the east side of Lake Mamie at 9,000' and the west side of Twin Lakes at 8,600'.
Sherwin Creek Road : From the junction of Hwy. 203 go south 1.4 miles on Hwy. 395 to the Sherwin Creek Road. Go right on the road approximately 3 miles to several campgrounds on the left and right at 7,500'.