Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 37.55890°N / 118.94134°W
Additional Information County: Fresno
Activities Activities: Hiking, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 12077 ft / 3681 m
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North from Duck Pass Trail
North from Duck Pass Trail
The trail to Duck Pass out of Mammoth Lakes is a beautiful route into the Sierra back country. As one crests the pass, pristine Duck Lake lies below and the Silver Divide rises across Cascade Valley to the southwest."Duck Lake Peak" (Peak 3681 on topo) is the mountain above the northeast end of Duck Lake.
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.

Getting There

 Duck Lake Peak  from Hwy. 395
"Duck Lake Peak", back right center, from Hwy. 395
From Duck Pass: From the junction of Hwy. 395 at Mammoth Lakes take Hwy. 203 west into Mammoth Lakes staying to the left as the road goes up beyond the town. As the road goes past Twin Lakes take a left at Lake Mary where the road makes a 180 at 7.8 miles from 395. Continue along the northeast shore of Lake Mary to another left at .6 miles. Go .7 miles to roads end at the trailhead parking for Duck Pass.
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.

Red Tape

 Duck Lake Peak  from the east
"Duck Lake Peak" east face
 Duck Lake Peak  and Lake from Duck Pass
"Duck Lake Peak" and Lake from Duck Pass
No permits are required for a day hike of this peak.
For overnight camping permits in the
John Muir Wilderness click here.


South from  Duck Lake Peak
South from "Duck Lake Peak"
The nearest campground is the Cold Water Campground at the south end of Lake Mary at 9,000'.
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'.

Weather forecast for the Mammoth Lakes area.

Duck Lake from the northeast end
Duck Lake and Peak 3596, Silver Divide in back
West from  Duck Lake Peak
West from "Duck Lake Peak"
For the current weather and 5 day forecast click here.