First Mosquito Lake Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October.
I connected the Cold Springs Nature Trail (2 miles) to the Eagle Lake trail (6.8 miles). All together, it was about 9 miles. The hike to Eagle and Mesquite Lakes follow the same trail until they fork off in different directions about 2.5 miles in. This trail is strenuous at times. I did this as a day hike. This hike is much more enjoyable if you give yourself a 3/4 to a full day. Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and spend an hour or two up at the lake resting and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Wear good hiking shoes and pack smart. I saw a few deer and a cinnamon bear along the trail. It was a great hike.
Great hike with beautiful views. Would be a wonderful place to camp.
Beautiful and difficult trail.
Absolutely beautiful. The elevation change to Eagle Lake is continuous and difficult but well worth it. Hiked this with my step son during the government shutdown. Not a soul around. Easy to follow until you get to the scree area near Eagle Lake. Some had left small rock cairns to follow. Would be difficult to track in the snow. Stayed the night prior to the hike at Silver City (fantastic) which is around 8,000 feet so we had no problems with the 10,000 feet at Eagle Lake the next day.
difficult indeed! the altitude was crazy! i had a hard time with it...but in the end it was very worth it...i recommend some time on a treadmill or some good training before tackling this bad boy...a friend also caught a bad case of altitude sickness...it was very unpleasant for her
These two trails share much of the same trail but split about 3/4 into the hike. Starting from the trailhead, you quickly start a steep and steady climb that is uphill most of the first leg. This trail boasts some amazing views of the surrounding Mineral King area and is rewarding with an amazing oasis at the top at Eagle Lake. Trails are not blazed but are well established with the exception of one area that looks like it underwent a massive rock slide. This portion requires some minimal climbing over these boulders and some patience navigating the trail. Due to it's seclusion from the main park (visitors must embark on a 90 minute windy and semi-paved road to get to the Mineral King area), there was relatively low traffic on the trail and we had several wildlife sightings of Deer, Marmot and even a Grouse. Black bears are prevalent in this area as well but we did not encounter any traces on our hike.