Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

easy and amazing

I have a question. I’m planning to do this trail for Labor Day and taking my pet. Do they allow dogs in the taxi?

How hot would it be for Labor Day?

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.

7 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.

I'd give it 6 stars if I could. This is the kind of hike where you stop every 20 steps to take a photo. It's not difficult because the trail is pretty flat. We walked clockwise because I wanted to photograph North Peak and Mt. Conness in morning light and the best views of them are on the west half of the loop. The east side of Saddlebag Lake is much less rocky though and much easier to walk on for our pup. All in all, one of my favorite trails ever.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

great trail!

Overall one of the best hikes we've ever done. Something new to see with every turn. Great views of Mount Conness, beautiful lakes, and snow-covered mountains. A few snow and river crossings in early September 2017. Minimal effort for maximum reward.

My favorite spot on earth!

I did this hike aug 6 2017. It's a beautiful hike and the weather was great. Be prepared to get wet crossing some of the streams. There isn't a ferry by Saddlebag lake. This app was a big help with finding the trail.

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.

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

We hiked the Twenty Lakes Basin Loop two days ago. We appeared to be the first people to attempt this hike this year, because 75% of the trail is still covered in snow and there were no other tracks. The hike was incredibly beautiful, but you absolutely need GPS and a trail map because so much of the trail is buried. We used the AllTrails app to keep ourselves near the trail when it was covered. We brought snowshoes, but we did not need them. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, because this hike is long and there is no shade. The boat is not running because Saddlebag Lake is still covered in ice, so plan on hiking from the parking lot. The first part of the hike (along Saddlebag Lake) is the toughest, because it is all loose shale or snow on a 30 degree slope. Once you get to the other side of Saddlebag Lake, the hike gets easier. We hiked back on the west side of Saddlebag Lake, which is much easier (and very different if you prefer loops to out and back trails), but also much longer. This hike was a challenge because of all of the snow, but it was amazing nonetheless.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a beautiful hike!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was a spectacular hike. Wildflowers, snow, lakes, waterfall, brook crossings. From the trailhead, it's only about half a mile to a great view of the falls, but it's a good workout. We went a little further, to the top of the falls (no view down, but beautiful pools), then stopped as it was wet and very snowy thereafter.

Note: if you have a high clearance 4-wheel drive, you can drive to the trailhead. You do drive through water, and there's one bad patch of fairly deep mud. As of May 27, anyway.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The trail has melted out to the waterfalls (about 1.5 miles in). It was a beautiful quick hike and one of the only ones that has partially melted out in the area.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice boat ride/taxi across the lake.
Dog friendly.
Spring flowers in late Summer.
We are planning a return trip in 2017. Photos from 2009:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This was a great hike for someone not used to high elevation. I live at 600 feet elevation and since this was pretty flat I had no trouble. And it's gorgeous!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

No place like Lundy Canyon.

Monday, October 10, 2016

great hike with several lakes on the way. you can stop and return at any point.
currently everything is brown all around. just few green trees around the lakes and little streams.
we did it with our girls (10 + 6) and enjoyed it a lot.
it seems that all lakes got fish in them.

Monday, September 19, 2016

"If you have just 1 day in the Lee Vining area, I highly recommend to go on this hike", - said one review I've read, and I most whole-heartedly agree.

The trail is very easy - it's almost level, so if you are feeling ok at high elevation, it will feel like a walk in a city park. The views, though, are so gorgeous, that no city part can match!

The loop is actually 8 miles, not 16, if you start from the Saddlebag Resort parking. And you can cut the trail in half by taking a ferry from there across the Saddlebag lake.

More photos of this incredible hike here: Twenty Lakes Basin (Lee Vining)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great trail.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amazing, quiet, beautiful hike. Pristine views.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Love this hike!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

It was beautiful as always. We camped by Frog Lakes. There was still a lot of snow and it was melting like crazy so there was water everywhere too. Hiked up over the top and down towards Summit Lake but couldn't make it all the way due to the snow.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This was such an incredible hike. Very beautiful but challenging. Definitely worth the sore muscles from this hike.

on Lundy Canyon Trail

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What I loved was the variety of terrain. Beautiful waterfalls. The hike is more about the journey than the destination.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

did the hike end of May 2016. Still a lot of snow at the end of the canyon, so access to the upper lakes was not possible. Beautiful hike still.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Beautiful hike! Views change from waterfalls to creeks to ponds. When we went (late May) the upper 1/3 was still mostly snow but we were able to get up to the upper falls in boots. Doggy loves it too!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

I love this trail! Hiked it last April, May, and June. In June it was so beautiful covered in wild flowers.

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