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

we hiked all the way to the summit...totally worth it! We went with our 11 and 16 year olds. Very diverse trail. There are about 5 lakes on the way up. Mostly shade and moderate climbs. Loved it!

hiking
8 days ago

Certainly one of the finest trails in the Eastern Sierras - I agree with all the positive reviews.

Now, about that rock slide. It is VERY confusing and hikers look like an ant colony trying to find the trail. Cairns lead nowhere. Note that the All Trails download gets it perfect, so download the map. Also, someone has attached streamers to trees that mark the route but they are red and white - and faded. If you want to help your fellow hikers, take along some orange surveyor's tape and hang them next to the red and white. Once past the ordeal, all is well with the world.

amazing trail

hiking
20 days ago

The first section of the trail has been wiped out by a rockslide. People have set up rock cairns to demarcate the trail, but it's still tough to follow. You should download the All Trails map since there's no phone reception and (attempting) to follow the trail can be frustrating. The last section of the trail has also been wiped out by a rockslide. I tried climbing up the shale to get to the alpine lake, but turned back once it got dangerous. Despite that, this was by far the pretties trail that I hiked in Mono Lake area.

This is a great hike with spectacular views. Took our family of 4 about an hour to get to the trailhead from Mammoth.

As of 08/25, there is still a good amount of shale from a rockslide that cuts through the beginning portion of the hike. The path can be hard to see, so follow the cairns and ribbons attached to trees that rangers have set up.

This hike was perfect for me (25 yo male) but proved harder for my younger brother. There is a lot of uneven footing and you’ll need to cross a waterfall a couple of times by balancing on logs. Challenging, but very fun.

hiking
29 days ago

Did this trail last week (8/14/18). Incredible scenery! The trail is washed out in the beginning due to a rock slide, but it’s easy enough to find your way to the remainder of the trail. I found this hike to be easy, but we only hiked up the canyon until we could not go any further due to a massive rock slide which prevents access to the lake. Still, we probably hiked around 4 miles round trip.

I would recommend this trail to anyone. You follow a Creek for much of the trail and pass a beaver bond, aspen groves, meadows, and many cascading waterfalls. Incredibly high concentration of beauty in this canyon. Will definitely be returning in the fall to see the Aspens change colors.

Beautiful canyon and a gem of a hike. Waterfalls are great. Road to trailhead has been repaired.

360° of beautiful scenery.

fishing
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! Great fishing. Very modest hike

walking
1 month ago

Trail is washed out in three places. Road to parking area is no longer accessible due to massive rock slide (at least about the size of a football field) and probably won’t be repaired for a while. It is difficult to find trail through the second and third washouts but there are cairns to guide you but they’re hard to spot, at times. Of course it’s beautiful but it’s just a lot harder to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some changing landscapes. A couple of snowfields even in September. Beautiful vistas from the lakes.

Amazing views. Alone the whole time. Beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredibly beautiful canyon hike. I have not ever seen these many waterfalls and running creeks on the Eastern Sierra in one place. Beautiful groves of aspen trees, lots of beaver ponds to sit by and serene country.

The only downside is that you can no longer reach Lake Helen due to the shale slides. The mountain has wiped out the last portion of the trail and the shale is not stable. I got about half way up and had to turn back as I was slipping down the slope.

hiking
2 months ago

What a great hike! Lots of colorful birds, flowers, ferns, buzzing critters this time of year. A must if in the area

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful scenery and the wildflowers were amazingly abundant the entire way. Waterfalls along the way we’re gorgeous. The climb was pretty easy and there are lots of opportunities to wade into the water to cool down. Would definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Just hiked this trail with a group yesterday and we we’re all blown away by the beauty this trail offers. If you like beavers you’ll really appreciate the epic views of these clever engineers’ work. My fiancé and I also jumped in for a little impromptu swim along the way! It is pretty easy but does have some rocky points as well as flooded areas that can present challenges for young kids or older people. We hiked with my 71 yr old mother-in-law who has hip problems but she took it slow and still loved it. Overall it’s a real gem!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked July 1, 2018. Intimidated by a bad section of the road, we parked and walked. Road soon improved—should have driven to trailhead. Wildflowers were great and there were many landscape photo ops. Because we started at 2:00 pm we had to stop at the log cabin. We’ll be back!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this summer 2016 and continued until the trail ends at the cliff wall at Steelhead Lake. Amazing hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery at every turn! The 1st half on the way to the peak is easy. Climbing to the peak builds the heart rate but the views from the top on both sides are spectacular and I feel like it would be ok to turn around from there if you were looking for a shorter hike. The decent from the peak is a little tricky as the trail is shale and switchbacks and sometimes the trail is lost with snow cover, but there was a crew of three men working on digging the snow away from the trail in a few places. The hardest part is knowing you have to climb back up the peak from the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

There were still some patches of snow on June 15, but a beautiful hike! You pass many lakes, and have to cross some sections of creek by stepping on rocks. Definitely recommend!

easy and amazing

5 generations of my family make this place a regular vacation spot. The hiking, the spectacular views and fishing are all amazing. This place is a hidden gem.

hiking
10 months ago

Only went till the first waterfall viewpoint in the fall season. It's kinda nice. But walking through the mile and a half of dusty road where only 4x4 can go and cover you in dust killed it.

excellent hike. beautiful fall colors and peeler lake is gorgeous! bring your fishing pole! steep from barney to peeler but mainly flat from twin to barney

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This is one of the best alpine hikes I've ever been on. There are at least 8 very nice lakes, several interesting rocks with glacial markings, snowfields, and a miniature glacier near the top that calves into a lake (at least during high snow years like 2016-2017). Furthermore, many hikes in the Sierras and elsewhere build up to a summit. This hike, though, is short enough that you can go past the first summit to see many other cool features, even if you are just doing a dayhike!

While many hikes have one or two of these features, this one has all of them and is not that crowded.

on Virginia Lakes Trail

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

great trail!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

My favorite spot on earth!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Absolutely fantastic hike. wildflowers everywhere, views of falls and lakes. we hiked up through running water past the top of the falls and ended up at a gorgeous oasis of pools and falls. it was a good workout but our 2 small dogs made it and had a blast.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 lakes in a short distance. Beautiful in the fall as well. In my top 5 Eastern Sierra short hikes.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a beautiful hike!

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