photo of Graveyard Lakes, John Muir Wilderness, CA

  Graveyard Lakes

  John Muir Wilderness

Lower Graveyard Lake

Graveyard Lakes Backpacking Trip Resources

Books and Maps

Sierra South covers the entire area, including a section on Graveyard Lakes. Tom Harrison's Mono Divide Map covers the Graveyard Lakes area.


High Sierra Pack Station

For an extended trip up Bear Creek, consider being packed into a base camp by local packer High Sierra Pack Station. Located at Lake Thomas A. Edison, they can pack your gear into your base camp while you make the trek on foot. Or if you would prefer, you can go on horseback along with the packer.

Wilderness Permits

A Wilderness Permit is required for each party camping overnight in the John Muir Wilderness. Sixty percent of the wilderness permits for the John Muir Wilderness can be reserved ahead of time. The other 40% are on a first-come, first-served basis, available up to 24 hours in advance of departure. For the Devils/Graveyard trailhead at Lake Edison, 12 overnight hikers may obtain reservations for a permit per day. Another 8 slots are available first-come, first-served.

For such a remote trailhead it is wise to have a reservation. Since the Devils/Graveyardtrailhead is in Sierra National Forest, they are the agency that issues the permit. Reservations may only be made by mail and must be made at least 21 days prior to departure. There is a $5, non-refundable charge for each person included in the wilderness permit reservation:
Wilderness Permit Reservation Application

Permits may be picked up from 48 hours prior to departure at the designated ranger station. For the Devils/Graveyard Trailhead, use the Prather ranger office:
High Sierra Ranger District, located along the highway, just east of town.
29688 Auberry Road (PO Box 559), Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5355     Open 7 days a week, 8am-4:30pm

Backcountry Regulations for the John Muir Wilderness

  1. Bear canisters are recommended, but not required.
  2. Campfires are prohibited above 10,000 feet.