Crown Lake Via McKinley Grove Road is a 22.8 mile out and back trail located near Mono Hot Springs, CA that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, fly fishing, and horses. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hiked to Woodchuck Lake the first night after deciding counterclockwise was best for my time crunch with the sun. The portion after Woodchuck Lake was overgrown with vegetation and followed along the side of the trench. Upwards towards Crown Pass was a bit disorientating and keeping a good eye out for stone totems was a must. A view of the Sierras left me in awe as I sat for a light snack. The traverse down was a few simple switchbacks leading to a meadow and the edge of Crown Lake. After a small nap and some food at Crown Lake I decided to hike the rest of the loop in a timely fashion. The trail gets a bit distorted from pine cones and brush until back to the original trailhead.