Locations of Food-storage Boxes

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Photo of a bear-proof, food-storage box.
Bear-proof, food-storage locker.

National Park Service

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):

CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS

Woods Creek crossing/John Muir Trail (2)
Upper Paradise Valley
Middle Paradise Valley
Lower Paradise Valley
Arrowhead Lake
Middle Rae Lake (2)
Lower Tent Meadow/Copper Creek Trail
CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS


Charlotte Lake
Kearsarge Lakes

CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT & JMT THRU-HIKERS

Sphinx Creek
Charlotte Creek
Lower Junction Meadow
Junction Meadow (East Creek)
Vidette Meadow (2)
John Muir Trail/Center Basin Trail
East Lake
Roaring River Ranger Station (2)
Sugarloaf Meadow
Seville Lake
Lost Lake
Ranger Lake
Tyndall Creek/John Muir Trail
Tyndall Creek Frog Ponds
Wallace Creek/John Muir Trail
Crabtree Ranger Station
PCT/Lower Crabtree Meadow
Twin Lakes
JO Pass Trail/Twin Lakes Trail junction
Emerald Lake
Pear Lake
Mehrten Creek crossing/High Sierra Trail
9 Mile Creek Crossing/High Sierra Trail
Buck Creek Crossing/High Sierra Trail
Bearpaw (2)
Upper Hamilton Lake (2)
CANISTERS REQUIRED, FOOD-STORAGE LOCKERS FOR PCT THRU-HIKERS

Lower Rock Creek crossing/Pacific Crest Trail
Lower Rock Creek Lake
Lower Soldier Lake (Upper Rock Creek Lake)
Cliff Creek/Timber Gap Trail Junction
Pinto Lake
Little Five Lakes
Lost Canyon/Big Five Junction
Big Arroyo crossing
Moraine Lake
Junction Meadow
Kern Hot Springs
Upper Funston Meadow
Lower Funston Meadow
Lower Monarch Lake
Franklin Lake
Hockett Meadow
South Fork Meadow/Rock Camp
Upper Camp/South Fork Pasture
Hidden Camp

Last updated: May 6, 2019

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Three Rivers, CA 93271

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