The Reds Meadow Valley is a popular camping location and outdoor recreation destination in California. Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, the valley provides multiple trailheads and endless miles of hiking trails in a wilderness area lined with tall mountains, pine trees and wildflowers. Highlights include hikes to Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls.
The Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River is the pulse of the valley, while Sotcher and Starkweather Lakes offer some of the best fishing in the Mammoth Lakes area. Browns, Rainbows, Brooke and Golden Rainbow hybrids can be caught in the valley. While trout grow to various sizes, legendary fish have been hooked in all of the waters in the valley, luring anglers from around the country.
If You Go: Camping in the Reds Meadow Valley is popular in the Mammoth area. Check with the Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau for road information before heading to the valley. Vehicle access is restricted and visitors are required to ride a shuttle that leaves from Main Lodge at regular intervals. Campers are allowed to drive-in, but are still required to pay a per vehicle access fee.
The Troutfitter in Mammoth offers guide trips on area waters and also updates a fishing report online, which is a great resource. The shop is an abundant source of information on water flows and hatches and sells maps and fishing supplies.