Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Golden Trout Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days ago

Went in May and all the lakes were frozen over. Beautiful place, will definitely be going in July to fish.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing

backpacking
4 months ago

This was my first experience overnight backing packing and I absolutely loved it. Beautiful location and quite. This place made me fall in love with the back country.

backpacking
6 months ago

Stunning area to see. Easy to navigate area. Great for acclimatizing.

Other than the gusty wind it’s a great trip.
Fly fishing was tough windy but the Golden’s were there.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a pretty easy hike with beautiful scenery the entire time!

World class. Spectacular. Relatively easy day hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

Probably my favorite trailhead in the sierras!

10 months ago

Did this in 2009 and it was great! Had a minor detour as we got to the farthest point of the loop where signage was scarce. Spent about an hour trying to find the trail through the middle of a bog.

backpacking
10 months ago

Backpacked for 4 days in Mid June plenty of snow above 11000 feet, Took my two teenage daughters on our second trip to the cottonwood lakes, they were still amazed by the beauty of nature. We saw many deer and a coyote so they thought it was amazing.

Just finished hiking up to Lake 3 and 4. Beautiful!!! The snow on the ground made it even better!

backpacking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Backpacked up to Lake 5 (10/21/16) for an overnighter. Well marked trail. Windy Sat. night. Beautiful area.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good five hour hike today! Enjoyed the view, unfortunately didn't get to explore everything because it got super windy and the clouds set in. But all in all a great hike!

backpacking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Took the unmaintained trail that branched off the trail ~1.2 miles from the trailhead. Turned out to be around 5 miles to South Forks Lake. When you're walking along the meadow, make sure to stay right along the creek. Beautiful lake, with golden meadows. Windy and VERY cold at night. Definitely end of Sierra season. Beautiful hike with lots of water available. Nice day hike over the hill to Cirque lake-has potential for amazing waterfront camping (100 feet from water!).

backpacking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

the trails are well marked and maintained. It was very windy, which made it bad for fishing. I saw a bird of prey dive bomb a fish out of the south fork lake, awesome.

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hiked up with my two daughters spent the night, what an awesome trail and view. My daughters were in awe of the views, will do this hike again for sure.

backpacking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Great Trail. Took New Army Trail to Cottonwood Lakes, make sure to check the weather going up there, the wind can get pretty crazy.

hiking
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Did this hike/climb on 9-5-15. I took the old Kern Pk trail which was in ok shape but you could still follow it all the way to the peak and is faint in some places but easy to find. Its in real good shape once you get above treeline. Also did nearby Toowa Pk to the east, but had to do X-country hiking to get to it. Golden Trout Ck is still flowing quite well better than the So. Fork Kern River

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

We day hiked part of the trail in and out and really enjoyed it. Parking at the trailhead can be a problem due to the traffic. Really nice hike but the drive up into the mountains can be tricky.

camping
Monday, July 13, 2015

Relatively easy hike in and out, we camped near old army pass. A overnight permit is required, be at the ranger station by 11am for same day (free) walk in permit. They go quick! This is a very popular backpacking trail...be advised. Or you can reserve before hand and pick up your permit on your way there. The station also rents bear cans, I believe it was 5$ a night. It was extremely windy, and cold for July. Be prepared for a cold windy night if backpacking out! We did bring our dog, so we were only allowed in the cottonwood lakes loop. Really beautiful scenery, you will enjoy it :)

hiking
Monday, September 29, 2014

Hiked as part of a big loop from Lewis Camp on the other side of the Kern River. Not sure what is being referred to as a "35 mile loop". The trail is almost 6 miles and climbs the peak from the north. How you get to it is up to you since it starts far from the trailheads. It is about 12 miles to the start if going from Horseshoe Meadows by Trail Pass. Water is best on the Golden Trout side at the south end of Tunnel Meadows. The top is a rather rewarding view of the surrounding meadows and mountains.

hiking
Thursday, August 28, 2014

I left my house at 5am and got to the Ranger Station in Lone Pine by 915am. I had to be there by 10am to pick up my permit. They had a lot of black Garcia bear cannister's there to rent (next time). The ranger told me the weather would be great, no thunderstorms predicted. He also said there was trail maintenance being done on Old Army Pass. You then get back onto the 395, turn left on Whitney Portal Rd, pretty quickly turn left onto Horseshoe Meadow Rd and take that a ways into Cottonwood Lakes trailhead. There is a campground here, restrooms, water, and bear boxes. We camped 6.8 miles (1190 elevation gain) in on the northern side of Lake 4. Lake 4 and 5 are very exposed to wind, they are located up above lake 3, up a small ridge. They are not visible from Lake 3. Lake 3 seems to be the most popular place for camping. We found a site with a tree that helped block the wind. There were a few marmots patrolling this area. Our campsite was super close to Old Army Pass, it was fun watching people go up it. The first night was super windy and I did not get any sleep at all, it was quite horrible. The next day the wind was gone and the water was glassy. It was beautiful! Dave took Old Army Pass up to Mt. Langley. I knew I wasn't in good enough shape to do it so I decided to head home one night early because of the awful night before. On my hike out I took a different trail right along side Lake 3 and then between Lake 1 + 2 to New Army pass and then connected back up to Cottonwood Lakes trail. This was a beautiful loop, I'm really glad I took a different way out to see more of the lakes. Lake 2 was small, but Lake 1 was gorgeous. I wouldn't stay at it though because it had reed grass all around it, good bug place. If I go again I would stay at lake 3, and/or look at Long and High lake. Also South Lakes are an option too. I probably should have stayed the 2nd night and done more exploring but that first night of no sleep threw me off.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I just got done hiking cottonwood lakes loop this weekend in late June and believe-you-me, those mosquitoes were HUGE at lake 3. Don't forget the repellent. Other than that, the hike and views of multiple nearby lakes was spectacular. The hike is a great beginner trail for backpackers to do on a three day weekend. The trail doesn't have any steep inclines except for one area where the trail splits and you have the option of doing switchback or a stair climb.

Dogs allowed through the loop (only).

hiking
Thursday, July 18, 2013

This is a great hike the Cottonwood Lakes are some of the most beautiful lakes in the Sierras, its real quiet and real nice when you go on a weekday-less people. The hike up to New Army Pass then down to ( Old ) Army Pass was a real good all day hike but get an early start, it will take you ALL day to do this.

hiking
Sunday, April 29, 2012

This is not a peak for day hikers because its so far in from all the TH's in the area. Plan on at least spending one night in the area. I only did this peak climbing the east face which I sucessfully summited. Its got great views annd I would not recomend doing this from the BlackRock TH because the trail north of Redrock Mdw is filled with downed snags and totally impossable to navigate around. If you do it, do it from the Cottonwood Pass TH and go over Trail Pass to Tunnel Mdw and plan on camping at Tunnel which has good campsites.

trail running
Friday, March 18, 2011

Majestic views. Be sure to head up to the Pass and catch a view looking back. Did it as a long trail run, really fun and highly recommended.

hiking
Thursday, January 20, 2011

I did this trip when I was 14 with a YMCA group and will NEVER forget the beauty of the area. If you want to get away from the crowds of California this will do it!

hiking
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gorgeous trail- but stay away during mosquito season!! The mosquitoes were so bad we had to leave a day early, would have been PERFECT if not for them. Moderate difficulty, beautiful views, some of the bluest sky I have ever seen. Dogs are allowed as long as you don't head towards and take the New Army Pass trail.

hiking
6 months ago

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