Explore the best trails near Mammoth Lakes with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Only a serious novice would find this challenging due to well placed switchbacks and gentle grade. Trail provides good views of the valley and of Crystal Crag. With snow on the ground you rely on tread from previous hikers, but the trail is decently used so we didn't have trouble navigating. Starts with full sun exposure then heads into the trees before being exposed again near the peak.
Excellent hike with a dog that likes to run and explore.
Moderately challenging hike for novices but with plenty of overlooks to stop at. And the payoff at the end is so worth it. The lake surrounded by mountains lets you forget about whatever world you left at the base. If there is snow on the ground be prepared for slippery parts.
Although I often refer to my walks as hikes, this one really should be considered a walk. It is stunningly beautiful anytime of year, the fall might be my favorite time to be here. The mountain rises 3000' above the base of the lake, it should be seen in person as pictures don't do it justice. According to the Convict Lake Resort, the loop trail is closer to 3 miles.
Amazing hike, it never gets old!! It's super smart to go very early in the morning around 5am so that you yourself can drive down there and park wherever you want. I have taken the bus down there and i had to stand the whole time and quite frankly, i think any Californians or hikers will admit that having to stand in a packed bus isn't our cup of tea and we're not used to it. Also there are MANY tourists that you can avoid as well. Get up super early when it's still dark and drive down to Devils Postpile and catch the trail. You have to be at the entrance before, i believe, 7am or else they will not let you in! At this early in the morning, you can't see the rainbow at the falls because the sun doesn't hit it yet, but it is worth it. You might see one or two people, and it is so calming. Birds chirping and the sun rising, nothing beats it. This is amazing compared to the hundreds of people trying to get a peak at the waterfall, and hundreds of people on the trail alone. But whatever you end up doing, enjoy the whole experience!