Looking for a great trail in Hoover Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 8 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. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Hoover Wilderness ranging from 1.7 to 8.1 miles and from 9,744 to 11,774 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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It was hard to find the path sometimes but it was amazing hike.

11/4/18 Lovey hike, not a lot of elevation gain/loss. We saw a bear and her cub! Only saw a handful of other hikers.

3 months ago

We only did about 4 miles of the trail. Really cool waterfalls. Didn’t think it was hard at all.

3 months ago

As of Oct. 21, in some spots, the Autumn colors were past their prime. In other spots, they were still in full glory. Gorgeous hike. Can’t wait to come back next year with my friends.

Did this hike for my 60th birthday. I’m in decent shape and did not think it was very hard at all. My husband is not in shape and he thought it was hard. So, we only went as far as the Upper Falls and not all the way up to the lake. But it was still a very satisfying hike. Go, and take your time with your slow-going friends because there’s plenty of beauty to drink in while you wait for them to catch their breath!

Wonderful hike back into small, beautiful lakes. recommend taking the southern side (on the right as you look at the lake from the trailhead parking lot) around Saddlebag lake as the northern side is very rocky and hard on dogs paws.

4 months ago

Very well maintained trail, breathtaking fall colors!

Beautiful Terrain and crystal clear water. Loved every minute.

We (2 couples) hiked it in early October - it was cold (35F) and mostly windy - dress accordingly.

The way in/out is somewhat boring (Oct - no boat taxi) and long. The trail isn't well marked and it's relatively easy to lose your way (we didn't, thanks to the AllTrail app). The lakes are nice - but we've seen nicer in this area...

Gorgeous hike! Especially in the Fall. I was there today and noticed the rock slide cutting through the first part of the trail (I’ve hiked this before) but had no trouble at all keeping to the trail. No ribbons or cairns needed, IMO.
The first part is stupid easy. Almost anyone with working legs can do it. After getting to the rocky part, it does get slightly steep, but it is nowhere near “extremely difficult” (as others have rated it) provided you’re at least in decent shape. Past the Falls and the pond, keep going another mile or so until you get to the Cascades. Super beautiful.
Speaking of that, some hikers (myself included) completely missed the left turn across the logs (before the cascades) and assumed to the empty river bed to be the trail. Don’t be dopes like us. Lol. Right where the trail appears to go down into the empty river bed stop and look left. You’ll see two logs going across the river bed. Cross them and you’ll be back on the trail on the other side.

4 months ago

Beautiful uncrowded hike in the Eastern Sierra. Fall colors are amazing here and the canyon was a mix of green, yellow, and some orange. The 1st part of the trail is back to normal and easy to follow. The last section of the trail to the lake is still extremely difficult and we turned around as it went nearly straight up a chute that is all loose shale. The waterfalls and aspens are worth the trek

4 months ago

Great trail, but the mileage listed on All Trails is off. From the Barney Lake trailhead near upper Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake is about 10 miles one way, and from the far end of Barney Lake to the first meet up of Peeler Lake is closer to 5 miles which are all mostly steep switchbacks.

If you’re backpacking and not acclimated to the altitude, recommend setting up camp for a night around Barney then heading out to Peeler. Elevation at Peeler is ~9,800 -10,000+.

Lots of great water spots and you can tell the trail and camp spots are respected. No trash, and no fires. Great hike full of eastern Sierra beauty.

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!

5 months 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

The name is not an exaggeration, so many lakes! I only saw about 7 people past Saddlebag Lake so the solitude was great. If I had more time it would've been enjoyable to fish some of those lakes.

5 months ago

We did a three day/two night trip over Labor Day weekend, 9/1/18 - 9/3/18 with a dog. The drive up was slightly rough (the roughest was right at the beginning of the 2 mile dirt road) but not bad and we made it just fine in a small sedan. We started at Saddlebag Lake, taking the trail on the east side of the lake. We chose this trail after reading reviews on here stating that it is longer but easier on dog's feet and more shaded. I would agree with this, even after only taking this trail, and would recommend this side to anyone with a dog. As others have said, there is no boat running to get across this lake.

We got a free permit (required to camp) for Steelhead Lake. There wasn't much camping around this lake but we took the little trail off to the left to Towser Lake (very close to Steelhead) and camped there. Awesome spot to camp! It was a popular spot but there is a lot of area to spread out and be away from others.

The next day, we did the Twenty Lakes Basin loop, going clockwise. This was not a very tough hike but very rocky, we had doggie booties but Osker blew out two of them on the trail. We completed the trail fine, but we were worried that he was going to have pad issues; luckily he did not. The trail itself was ok, nothing too special; a lot of the lakes were not easily accessible, but were pretty scenic. Also, the trail is not well marked when doing this loop clockwise. Right after passing Lake Helen, keep your eyes out for the signpost to continue on the trail. It is across a small water crossing and down hill a little ways. It could easily be missed if not paying attention.

Overall, I would highly recommend hiking out to Towser Lake and camping there but would only recommend hiking the Twenty Lakes Basin loop trail to those that are looking to get some miles in with some good (but not great) views. Also, make sure to have doggie booties if you're doing the loop trail!

We did this trail on 9/2, as a group of 10 folks of varying fitness and ages. We also had a 15 month old puppy. I had read this page thoroughly, so I was prepared.

- Get AllTrails Pro, the trails are not marked. This saved us.
- For the puppy, we got booties and they kept coming off. Thanks to the kindness of strangers who were returning after backpacking, we had a pack of self adhesive tape that they used for their dog. This was a life saver.
- 4 out of the 8 miles is on scree and talus. I was afraid for the puppy, she did fine, but for one small cut in her paws, the booties helped. You have to watch each step you take.
- From the top of saddlebag lake, I highly recommend doing it the counter clockwise (see my track upload). The climb down to Lake Helen is hard and I was glad I was going down in that scree and not up. Further, you hike towards North Peak when you go counter clockwise and it is stunning.
- Yes, there is not much elevation gain, so our group was able to do it comfortably, but it did take us nearly 7 hours (4:30 moving), between the scree, the puppy and the elevation of this area (10,200 feet+).
- The views are astonishing. The teenagers in our group was awestruck. "Bob Ross painting in each turn" - one exclaimed.
- It is more or less completely exposed, so be prepared.
- We had plenty of company during labor day long weekend, but we didn't mind it. If we were a noisy bunch and ruined your day, we are sorry. We had 5 teens in the group :).

Highly recommend this trail. Highly recommend AllTrails pro.

very beautiful

We did this hike on 8/30. We were excited based on the description and reviews. It is a great trail with amazing views. But we realized we didn't do enough homework before heading out. Here are my Cons and Pros

1. The water taxi (as someone mentions from July below) is not running. We have an old dog and a child and the extra miles and exposure weren't great.

2. Although dogs are allowed, the surface of the trail was tough on our dogs paws. It has taken him 3 days to recover from the experience.

3. You are exposed for 98% of the trail. We applied sun screen before we headed out, but you will need to reapply. Wearing a hat and pants and long sleeved shirt recommend. Also, bring more water than you thing you will need.

1. It is an easy hike - this is true as there isn't a lot of elevation change but I would rate it as moderate with the water taxi not running, the trail surfaces, exposure, etc. But it is doable.

2. There were just a few people on the trail.

3. The views.

5 months 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.

5 months ago

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.

Fun trip off the beaten path. The paths are dried creek beds from snow runoff. I was breathing heavy at 10,000 ft but the backpack trip wasnt as hard as something like Half Dome in the same area. We left Saddlebag and went counterclock wise from the old boarded up resort.

Helen-2 Brook, 1 Brown
Shamrock (campsite day 2) - 2 Brook
Steelhead- 4 Brooks
Small Lake above Steelhead-2 Brook
Secret - little Brooks no bites
Sadlebag-nothing(not much time spent)

Found multiple ponds, If Tadpoles and frogs are presnt no fish.

4 people, 2 Fly poles with wet flys on big lakes, dry on little ones.
2 powerbait poles, also used local grasshoppers

Start the loop via the right fork - many people get lost going the other way due to the way the trail is marked. Very exposed, bring good sun protection. Overall not a strenuous hike at all, but the elevation can take some getting used to.

Hiked 8/23/18. Clear skies, around 75 degress with a wind. Absolutely beautiful trail hike. A five star rating, rightfully so. All the reviews were spot on...(thank you hikers for taking the time to leave a comment, very helpful!) We walked left of Saddlebag Lake (clockwise) then went counterclockwise taking the loop past Hummingbird, Odell, Lake Helen...etc. Highly recommend hiking shoes/boots due to the terrain. Walking on scree and gravel most of the time. Only a little shade at the top of Saddlebag then pretty much in full sun. Aside from a couple spots I would say account for the moderate rating a very doable hike and worth every step. We saw an eagle fly over us, a majestic sight all its own. Lots of water and don't forget your sunscreen. Plenty of parking, no permit required for day hike, the 2 miles of road to get to Saddlebag parking is mostly gravel maneuvering around potholes.

5 months 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.

Simply fantastic! One of the best all around bang for your buck hikes I’ve ever done. Very enjoyable walk (fit hikers won’t get their heart rate up even once on this) with nonstop views that change around every corner. Did this on a Friday and saw very few people. Wear sunblock, there is not much shade.

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

This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful hikes in the eastern Sierras where you are treated with spectacular views at every turn. The alpine lakes and mountain views are breathtaking. The trail can be difficult and hard to find at times due to the fact that you are often walking over shale rock. I would not rate this trail as moderate for the average hiker but it is so well worth it!

360° of beautiful scenery.

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