Barrett Lake, Mammoth Lakes California

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Barrett Lake

Take the short hike to Barrett Lake for a chance to experience a beautiful baccountry alpine environment; stay to enjoy abundant fishing and backcountry camping. Read More

  • Explore Barrett Lake by foot, or lighten your load and travel on horseback.
  • Anglers enjoy pristine backcountry fishing.
  • Primitive backcountry campsites are available around the lakeshore.


Visitors hike Barrett Lake for pristine backcountry camping, and abundant backcountry fishing. This trip can easily be combined with a visit to T.J. Lake.

Barrett Lake is part of the Upper Lake’s basin along with T.J. Lake, Crystal Lake, Skeleton Lake, McLeod Lake. All of these lakes are in relatively close proximity to each other, and combining your visits can make for a great trip. These lakes are not accessible by vehicle and can only be reached on foot.

Location & Information

Access this hike from the Lake George parking lot. The trailhead begins at the north end of the parking area.

From Lake Mary Road outside Mammoth Lakes, continue southwest, until you cross the bridge over Twin Lakes. At approximately four miles, find a store where you’ll turn left, across the Lake Mary Outlet. Find the junction of Lake George Road where you’ll turn right. The parking lot if 0.3 miles down the road. The road to Lake George closes seasonally, so access to the Upper Lakes Basin is best attempted from May to mid October.

Contact Information
Phone: 760-873-5500
Website: Inyo National Forest


The Hike In
This is an easy quarter mile hike from the Lake George Parking Lot (one way). Most like to combine this hike with the hike to T.J. Lake, which is approximately a quarter mile further along the trail. The trail is well worn single track, and is easy to follow.

For the adventurous, primitive backcountry camping is available around the lakeshore. Make sure to practice leave no trace ethics, pack out what you pack in, and camp at least 100 feet from the shore line. Also take note, bears are active in this area, so make sure you pack your food and scented items in bear proof containers. All backcountry campers must possess a wilderness permit that is available from the Inyo National Forest.

Anglers can expect rainbow trout, as well as possibility for some brown and brook trout. Backcountry fishing can be more variable than typical lake fishing. Hire a guide for expert advice on the best locations and gear selections.

Horseback Riding
Horses are allowed on the trails to the Upper Lakes Basin. Consider hiring an outfitter for a unique backcountry experience.