Horseshoe Lake Loop

EASY 8 reviews

Horseshoe Lake Loop is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 120 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking




2 months ago

Easy hike for beginners or those coming up to Mammoth from sea level. Beautiful scenery!

4 months ago

Scenery is wonderful. Easy walk.

1 year ago

1 year ago

1 year ago

This is my favorite unpaved non-hike in Mammoth. Beautiful forest and magnificent rock formations without much of any elevation gain. Apparently there is some novice rock climbing and bouldering in the area as well. This is a popular trail with locals, and with people with dogs. Expect to move over a few times for mountain bikes -- there are a lot of beginners that don't announce they're passing.

I haven't biked around it yet, but I want to as it looks like a lot of fun. At the same time, there is some very deep soft sand on the south end and some large root gardens, but that's part of the challenge.

3 years ago

Mellow walking trail with bouldering spots and an open air amphitheater on the back side. Horseshoe lake is known locally for being the dog lake. Excellent place to let the pooches run and swim free!

4 years ago

Love this hike - super easy and relaxing. Watch out for the mountain bikers. BTW....I really like riding my mountain bike on this trail!

mountain biking
6 years ago

This is a great hiking/biking trail that is relatively easy. I like to mountain bike around it. There are several bridges that take you across creeks as well as a few crossings without bridges so you'll have the opportunity to practice your creek crossing skills. Many of these creeks dry up in mid/late summer. Horseshoe lake allows for swimming so you can refresh yourself after the hike! This lake has a pretty cool beach. Great for the whole family.