Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

We took the Reds Meadow Resort path back to Shuttle stop #10 which is recommended to get out because it is the last shuttle stop and usually fills up the shuttles leaving the area. The trail to the base of the Falls is closed now for 2018 for rerouting and restructuring and will reopen in 2019. Air quality was fine despite the fires but it was dry, hot and windy so bring enough water. The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike according to my seven year old! This trail has a steeper incline on the way back than to the Rainbow Falls trailhead so thats always an option to get to another shuttle stop too.

Highly traveled; often tracked-out unless it is beginning of season. Great for taking kids or beginners.

I did the downtown route as a beginner biker and felt quite challenged. My husband did uptown and downtown a few times and enjoyed both.

Took my son on this trail for his first off pavement bike ride. He enjoyed it. Lots of flow and rhythm on downtown while uptown gets a little more tech. For beginners downtown will not disappoint. Some exposed roots and rocks, uptown would boost your skills. Connects to Paper Route and Shotgun about halfway down. Bring water. Be observant and let the advanced riders by please. Had a few people not yield to me and my son got a little frustrating.

1 month ago

Nice trail, would rather ride horseback!

The hike begins at Reds Meadow Resort. It continues gradually downhill toward the San Joaquin river. You cross Boundary Creek a little over half way to the upper viewing area. We were there in October 2017, the lower viewing area was closed for repairs, but the views of Rainbow Falls and valley down stream are worth the walk. Enjoy!

Pretty solid hike with intermittent lovely views along the way. The first chunk is a grunt heading out of the parking area, with some excellent views of the lakes down in the valley basin. There are lots of day hikers in the first part of the hike, but it thins out later.

Headed toward Mammoth Pass you lose tree coverage it can get pretty hot in the sun. Again, there are nice views here. Then you move into long crank up to a bit over 11,000 feet. You lose the views for a while until you get to a point with a great view back down a rocky valley to the floor below.
The three lakes are nice. We had great luck fishing in the lower lake, but didn't see anything in the northern lake, where we camped. Ended up doing a day hike to the ridge looking back down to Lake Mary, which also gave some nice views.

backpacking
10 months ago

Fantastic scenery and great backpack trip. I did North Lake to South lake using this loop

Views and solitude are your payback.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Tough hike, lots of elevation gain/loss, but its worth it all for the beautiful views and scenery!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This is a great walk from bus stop 7 to stop 10...or the other way around...great views of the lake and the falls with the egg shape formation was very cool...what I found interesting is that two park rangers had no knowledge of this small waterfall when I asked them for additional trail information...hike safe folks!

backpacking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I did this stretch in mid June of 15'. We did go further though. The hike from South Lake to where the switchbacks start up to Bishop pass is actually pretty moderate. Follows the lakes and isn't super steep. But the switches up to the pass are. Encountered a few drifts of snow in the upper sections but nothing bad. Over the pass and camped in Dusy Basin the first night. Then down to the bottom of Le Conte Canyon the next day and up river to Big Pete's meadow for the next night. The third day was up to Muir Pass, and it was a slog. Mileage wise it didn't seem like much, but walking wise it did. Just one of those days I suppose. Went down to Wanda Lake to spend our 3rd night. This was to be a loop hike as well but didn't pan out that way. We went as far as McClure meadow, which is absolutely beautiful. Evolution Basin is awesome too. Evolution creek thru McClure meadow is something to see. One of the most scenic stretches of the PCT/JMT.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2017

We did the trail from the bus last stop back to the scotcher lake stop. Unfortunately one side of the Scotcher lake trail was closed so we coul dnot make it as a loop.
This Dino Fall is mentioned in a lot of guides, but I could not find anywhere the GPS tracks for it so this is why I created the trail

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

There are beautiful views of lakes and creeks and mountains. Lots of shaded areas.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great hike!! Recommend going early to avoid lots of other hikers

hiking
Monday, November 18, 2013

The views on this hike are simply stunning from start to finish. In mid July, there is a huge variety of high altitude wildflowers of various kinds along the whole trail. The last half mile trek down to Deer Lakes is extremely steep - be prepared. Overall one of the most beautiful high altitude hikes I've done in the Eastern Sierras.

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