Explore the most popular kid 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.

nice and easy trail with beautiful views!

Beautiful views from the top looking at the lakes and top of the falls. Have to go down to the campsite to see the full waterfall but it was worth it.

Amazing Hiking and swimming

Great trail with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. The trail was very nice and thare wer pepole fishing the lake. The trail was nice and easy to follow.

Super easy hike, even for a family with kids. Such beauty everywhere you look. Must do, if in the Convict Lake area. It took a lot longer than needed, only because I was taking it all in.

Beautiful hike around convict lake. Easy and well maintained trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Walk down from the Visitor Center via paved paths to a closer view of Mono Lake. The VC is very interesting and worth a stop. Drive out to the east side for some up close and personal interaction with the tufas.

hiking
23 days ago

One of the best places to see a hill of solid obsidian - beautiful black glass - although it just looks like rock until you break it open - don't remove it. Wear good shoes. 11 miles north of Mammoth Lakes up I-395 from the I-395 and CA-203 intersections, take a left on Obsidian Dome road, and it is 2.7 miles up Obsidian, Glass Flow, and Glass Creek Rds. Dirt road to parking area; hike starts down and to the right of the dome and up a gravel bulldozed hill that takes you into the cone at the top. Really good description here: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/long_valley/long_valley_sub_page_19.html [along with directions - coordinates - about 37°44.810' N, 119°01.305' W]. The hike is easy, looks like a hill up to a rock quarry. Nice distant views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike through the snowy woods. I feel that this hike is really best during late April when you have the beautiful snow capping the mountains and the volcano itself.

Fun and easy for any age

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful and peaceful

The snow made it difficult bit special.

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 :)

Very nice up the North Fork Trail. We hiked until the snow was too deep just before First Lake.

Walked on a lot of stinky sand. Lots of flies. Couldn’t see any huge tufas you have to be on a boat for those.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

The trails are clearly marked and very easy! As always make sure to bring water. The Bristlecone Pines are beautiful and I'd come back.

Beautiful easy hike! Highly recommend

hiking
6 months ago

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

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

hiking
7 months ago

Very beautiful in fall, easy hike~

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

hiking
7 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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