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Locations of Food-storage Boxes
DO NOT count on food-storage boxes being available; they may be full or may have been removed due to breakage or disuse. For example, boxes in the Kearsarge lakes areas are currently unavailable.
Containers are by far the preferred method of food storage throughout the wilderness of these parks. Where boxes are not available, you must carry a portable animal-resistant container or hang your food properly. Know that hanging your food does not guarantee that a bear will not obtain it. Bears will climb and chew through branches in order to get at a hung bag of food.
Many trailhead parking areas have food-storage boxes.
Select the area you wish to visit (generally listed from north to south):
Woods Creek Trail
Woods Creek crossing/John Muir Trail (2)
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Copper Creek & Lewis Creek Trails
Lower Tent Meadow/Copper Creek Trail (1)
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Charlotte & Kearsarge Lakes
Charlotte Lake (1)
Kearsarge Lakes: CANISTERS REQUIRED, NO FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS AVAILABLE FOR 2014 SEASON.
Bubbs Creek Trail
Sphinx Creek (2)
Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River
Roaring River Ranger Station (3)
Tyndall Creek/John Muir Trail (1)
Lodgepole Area Trails
Twin Lakes (2)
Lower Rock Creek crossing/Pacific Crest Trail (1)
Little Five Lakes & Cliff Creek & Chagoopa Plateau
Cliff Creek/Timber Gap Trail Junction (1)
Junction Meadow (1)
Mineral King Area
Lower Monarch Lake (1)
Hockett Meadow (3)