Best trails in Hoover Wilderness, California

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Looking for a great trail in Hoover Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, lake trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Hoover Wilderness ranging from 5.3 to 15.8 miles and from 7,106 to 12,545 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Twenty Lakes Basin Loop Trail
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
This trail is closed until at least 10/09/2020, for more information, see the park website here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21879 A day hike around beautiful lakes in the eastern Sierra, just outside the east entrance to Yosemite on Tioga pass. This alpine basin studded with lakes and ringed by spectacular mountains appeals to hikers seeking exceptional scenery without the stiff elevation gains required of most lakes in northern Yosemite Twenty Lakes Loop is a beautiful hike that starts from the Saddlebag lake (10,000ft) and takes you around some of the most amazing alpine lakes. You get great views of the near by peaks: North Peak and Mt. Conness. This is an easy hike if you are acclimatized to the altitude. You might feel short of breath if you just arrived and started hiking, since the trail head is at 10,000ft. The section of trail between Shamrock Lake and Lake Helen is often covered with snow into late season. Be prepared to climb down a steep rock near the lower crossing of Mill Creek. The hike is about 8 miles but if you take the water taxi across the saddlebag lake, you can cut down a couple of miles, allowing small children to enjoy a short segment of the hike. The Saddlebag Lake Resort boat taxi operates July through early September. Wear sturdy shoes as this is a rocky hike.Show more
#2 - Virginia Lakes Trail
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 50 m
#3 - Lundy Canyon Trail
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
Lundy Canyon is a hidden gem in the Eastern Sierras. Many people only think the Lundy Lake is the only attraction in this canyon. But they are totally wrong. The hike begins past the lake where the dirt road ends - trail begins. This is a easy hike. The highlight of a hike are cascading waterfalls. The trail is really visible the entire route. While hiking to the cascading waterfalls gushing with water, there is a couple hundred feet of elevation gain but nothing major. A very pleasant hike. The trail can be taken all the way up to Saddleback lake over the ridge but the waterfalls are there well before any serious climb is attempted.Show more
#4 - Matterhorn Peak
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 8 h 24 m
Note: There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#5 - Big Virginia Lake to Frog Lakes
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Beautiful day hike into the Hoover Wilderness featuring 5 lakes (Big Valley, Cooney, Blue and Frog lakes) as well as many alpine streams and small waterfalls. At every turn this Eastern Sierra trail delivers epic peaks and pristine lakes. Show more
#6 - Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 8 h 22 m
Note: There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village. This is an amazing hike. Bring your rod if you fish. One of the best high sierra hikes; Peeler is one of few lakes on the Sierra Crest and abuts the NE boundary of Yosemite.Show more
#7 - Mount Conness
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
A classic Yosemite peak, highest in the Sierra north of Highway 120 and holding the second largest glacier in Yosemite. This route starts from the Sawmill walk-in campground. If you walk through the campground you'll eventually find yourself of a well-worn single track trail. It passes the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station and continues through beautiful high alpine meadows. As you hike higher up the drainage the trail fades away as people disperse to the different routes up the face of Conness. You will eventually find a 'ramp' that leads you to the pass. Towards the top there are several likely looking chutes for the final 100 feet or so to the ridge. From here the hike is quite easy, following a use trail along the ridge to gain another 1,000 feet until it gets to the foot of the exposed ridge that leads the final 200 feet to the summit.Show more
#8 - Crown Point Loop
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 19.8 mi • Est. 10 h 35 m
Note: There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.Show more
#9 - Gardisky Lake Trail
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
#10 - Mount Olsen and Black Mountain via Virginia Lakes
Hoover Wilderness
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
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