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Attempted this trail on April 22, 2017, and there was still heavy snow starting just before Lone Pine Lake. I would highly recommend bringing skis with you for going down the main trail. My husband and I had an ice axe, crampons, and snow shoes and found the descent very challenging.
This is going to sound very elementary, but bring food if you hike this. We grossly underestimated how much to bring, and forced our way to the top anyway.
Or if you're into extreme weight loss tactics, I lost 15 lbs in a single day summiting Mt. Whitney! Best birthday ever.
Beautiful trail in Mammoth. We backpacked in on a weekend so the trails were pretty crowded up until Barney lake. Then the ascent up the crest over to Duck Lake was pretty empty. There were only 3 other groups at the lake for the weekend so it felt like you almost had it all to yourself. Water was freezing even that late in the season, but amazing view of the Ansel Adams Wilderness can be found at the dam side of Duck Lake.
My wife and I did this hike as our warm up for another back country trip. It's a nice hike and does have some elevation gain to it. But it's not a long hike so it doesn't wear on you. Both lakes are very scenic and we saw a few guys fishing the lower lake. You do have to park at North Lakes parking area and then hoof it to the trailhead. No big deal. Nice easy jaunt if you're looking for something that won't have you dragging your feet by the time you get back to your car :)