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Really mellow. The scenic trail is the best part of the hike. I think I heard bullfrogs in the pond marsh.

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

Closed due to fire hazard

This was one of the best hikes! Highly recommend it

15 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

16 days ago

Beautiful short hike, the lake is stunning with its emerald color and I had the hike and lake all to myself when I went on 30 October 2018. I definitely recommend doing this hike if you're in the Mammoth Lakes area. One of the most beautiful lakes I have seen.


I love this trail, especially in the Fall. I bring my labrador and we have a great time.

Pick up you dog s**t and trash you filthy animals. Don’t bring your aggressive dogs on trail; otherwise it is a nice stroll.

When you need a trail to get you back into it after a 2 month summer hibernation. Off to Cuyamaca

flat and boring. no shade.

22 days ago

The climb is a little steep but very doable! Lots of great views around the entire lake!

22 days ago

Just beautiful!

Hiked this on a Tuesday as a part of a long loop from the Visitors center of 12 miiles. No water in the pools but lots of scenery and views.

Nice loop trail with great views. I hiked this on a Tuesday and saw only 3 other hikers. I saw several tarantulas. Not a lot of shade so early starts are best. You'll be hiking in direct sun most of the time. Best times are late Oct to spring. Great views from Monument hill, take to short trip to the summit.

This is our go to for a quick dose of nature. I often come here to clear my head and get centered.i love this place. It’s beautiful after a heavy rain.

Not a bad trail. More of a nature walk than a hike. Sandy along the river bed. Several shallow crossings.

Solid overall hike! Also can confirm that while it is a bit tight at the top with vegetation, I had no real trouble getting through and is currently very accessible. Only negative is the parking lot is a decent distance to the actual trailhead.

A good quick and short hike on a mostly asphalt path. Uphill in, a couple of steep pitches toward the top. Parking on the street south east of the gate.

Easy hike, not very taxing at all. Stellar views, nice trail, cool trees. 10/10

1 month ago

There's no water today.

This is not an easy trail this is a hike down with many rock and boulders that you will have go to over. Do not attempt to go here with slippers or non-skid tennis shoes. I slipped having to go over rocks.

Otherwise enjoy the scenery and some graffiti.

Awesome trail! Gradual incline on the switchbacks. I am fat and hate switchbacks but this was moderate and doable. Some areas are Rocky ankle twisters, also a few rock scrambles. Pay the $10 to park at the campground don't cheat it that money helps maintain the trails. Don't be a ass. Bathrooms at the campground are clean picnic tables for lunch, nice place. Julian up the road is nice stop for an ice cream reward.

1 month ago

Gets your heart pumping at the top :) beautiful views the whole hike short but definitely worth putting on checklist

1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike!! Hiking to the lake is a bit of a work out going up and definitely got your heart pumping. Although, it was short and lots of shade. So it wasn’t too bad. Very beautiful lake!! There wasn’t many people. Took our time walking around the lake and taking in the scenery. It was easy going back down the trail. I would definitely come back again. It was worth the hike.

Took the dog out for a Saturday morning walk and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people out on this trail. The only negative would be the few rocky spots at the start, but once past that it is a nice easy stroll with multiple options to stop by the river. Will definitely be heading back in the future.

Pretty easy, hot, and dusty. It's a pretty shaded trail, so that definitely helps with the heat, but if you can get going early, I'd recommend it. Pretty average hike imo. Not bad, but also not amazing. The river is pretty! Take the app with you. It's easy to take a wrong turn.

We found a locker gate when we got there, so we parked on the side of the narrow road. I don’t think their is Official parking. Then the first part of the trail is a good cardio workout. All up hill. The second half is loose dirt and it’s not really clear were it stops.

It was my first time here and I loved this hike! This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done in California! It’s more of a 4-mile trail, round trip. Definitely start this hike early in the morning to take advantage of the shade!

A nice outdoor hike. Not intense at all but its easy to get lost. I had to use to app to follow the trail.

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