Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Inyo National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good early spring hike when other trails in the area are still under snow. POOR signage though. We parked in Paradist the well marked trailhead and hiked up the creek. TRAIL is well maintained and is a good sunny day hike if you are seeking some shade.

Fun and easy for any age

nature trips
13 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful

Hiked the loop Sat 3/31/18. Started on the north side, totally clear until the meadow, from the meadow on increasingly snowy on the trail until the visible avalanche area on the south side, pretty slow going but passable in boots, beautiful day, sunny and clear, love this trail 5/5 year round :)

it was a great hike easy for the kiddos and very beautiful..

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy hike with our 2 small dogs (avoid summer as there is no shade especially for dogs )

scenic driving
2 months ago

Been to Laurel Lake 44 times! Always 4x4! (mine is a Jeep TJ standard) Talk to a Forest Ranger in Mammoth Lakes--Sometimes they have new updates on trail. Arrive at trail beginning "early" say sunrise up to 11:00 a.m. Then enjoy the drive and peninsula on lake. Peninsula is highest place to legally have a campfire! Wonderful fly fishing here! 7 wonderful hikes around & above lake. When driving back down never, ever leave till 2:00 p.m. ! ! WHY? Road is narrow...just a bit winder than your vehicle! No head on meeting! Very difficult to dive backwards with steep drop offs. Only 2 areas to pass each other and far apart. My Activity: 4x4, fishing, photography, hiking, walking.
Best months to go up: no snow. Saturday can be to crowded---new visitors unaware of narrow road!

on Sherwin Lakes Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike even in February. Several lakes at the top.

nice and easy hike! too bad we came in November, otherwise the trees and the lake would be more beautiful in sight!

I have hiked this trail 5 or 6 times. The trail is fairly steep at times, and narrow in a few spots. The last time I did this hike was in 2014 with my wife and son. I was excited to show them the mine shaft and all the other mining equipment. I was disapointed when I saw that the shaft had been collapsed or collapsed on its own. It is still a gorgeous hike, and one I hope to take a few more times.

This place is breathtaking. Seems almost unreal. I will come back again and again - hiked in October of ‘17

Beautiful hike in winter conditions (Jan 1-2 2018)
50% snow and ice currently to 7300 ft. Trail is showing wear and needs a little love but is still easy to follow. Variety of water crossings from solid ice, logs and requiring boot removal and getting wet. Campsite near the springs is comfy with easy water access and a built up fire ring.

Beautiful hike! Easy terrain in a breath taking location . Great place to take the family and spend a bit of quality time.

hiking
3 months ago

The strenuous hike up to Fern Lake is very rewarding. Fern Lake is extremely beautiful all year round, with beautiful mountains surrounding the lake and several great beach spots to relax and have a snack/meal. The trail is a constant incline until you get to the Yost-Fern fork, after that it is extremely steep. Trekking poles and good boots are highly recommended. Dogs are great for this trail if they are trail trained.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, not too steep but not flat. At the end you will find a beautiful frozen lake. Best part is there is very light traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike! and great views of June lake area. I will have to come back when the lakes not frozen.

Hike is so worth the constant switchbacks (which did seem like forever but it ends I swear!)

Beautiful easy hike! Highly recommend

The trail is amazing when it snows

hiking
5 months ago

Lovely views. We had a great time with our dog there.

great hike! you get to see a few Lakes great views but stay hydrated at the end of the day you'll be tired

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked about 2 miles past Sherwin Lakes. We used this hike to acclimate to the area before doing a much longer hike the next day. It was a beautiful hike on this Fall day.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail presented a tough climb up & a difficult stream crossing due to the snow melt. The views at the top of Gem lake & Agnew lake were well worth the effort. Crowds thinned out once you crossed the falls. Start of trail was a bit confusing from the campground, but you can continue on the road for about 5oo yards to reconnect to the trail head as the signs at the campground said the trail was closed due to flooding.

Great short trail. The altitude wears you down a little but trees are great.

hiking
5 months ago

Very beautiful in fall, easy hike~

Beautiful hike. About 2” of snow on most of the trail after the log crossing as you pass the Fern Lake trail.

Trees were in full fall color. Great trail with plenty of lake access on the southwest (?) side.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice hike thru woods, the incline is a little tough for beginners a lot of switchbacks but just keep going the views of the lakes are magnificent it’ll be well worth it.

Awesome especially in fall!

Awesome especially in fall!

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