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Hilton Creek Trail

Horseback Riding Trail
Rock Creek Pack Station leads multi-day pack trips into Hilton Lakes in the John Muir Wilderness. –

This trail climbs out of the Crowley Lake basin and into a photographer's dream, the Hilton Lakes Basin. Ten lakes ranging from about 8,000' to over 10,00' yield ample fishing, riding and daydreaming opportunities. Climb through hills of lupine and Indian paintbrush to lodgepole pine forest and stands of rugged juniper. Fish for rainbow, brook and brown trout. You can make this a long day ride or plan to camp at one of the lakes for a multi-day adventure.

If you'd like a guided horseback riding tour of this magnificent region, contact the Rock Creek Pack Station. Since 1947, Rock Creek Pack Station has been offering wilderness and outdoor vacations in the Eastern Sierra, under the ownership of the London family.

Parking and Horse Unloading Facilities

There is a large dirt parking area at the Pack Station location off Crowley Lake Drive.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed on National Forest land and trails.

Trail Distance

Varies; from stock trailhead to Davis Lake is 6.5 miles

Trail Rules and Restrictions

If you plan to stay overnight you must register for a wilderness permit with the USFS.

Trail Water and Watering Holes

No water at trailhead or first 2.5 miles of climbing switchbacks. Water before you go. After the initial climb there will be streams and lakes frequently.

Vertical Gain or Loss

7500' to 10,300'

Nearby Places