Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

1 month ago

Beautiful: high mountain lakes.

Hiked this trail on 6/26. Beautiful hike and upper Morgan Lake was worth the trip.

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3 months ago

I did this hike a few years back in the summer and it was amazing! Not a popular trail, so we pretty much have the entire place to ourselves.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Very nice hike with amazing views. We had good weather except for a brief rain shower but the other than that beautiful. Would not mind getting back out and doing it again. We didn't go over the pass to Tully's lake but would like to do it sometime.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hiked this on 8/12/17 - great hike high altitude but not super steep, absolutely stunning. Lots of mosquitos so be sure to put Deet on under clothes and spray again before going in. I ran out and got bitten more here than in the Amazon jungle! Go to the end lake it's worth the hike. Bring food it's quite a distance but so worth it! Great hike!

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Monday, August 07, 2017

It was one of the stranger hikes I've been on for sure! I was enjoying the amazing scenery when I came upon a couple fornicating on the big log near the marina turnoff. The rest of the walk was uneventful but I did come across at least 3 piles of human feces. I was warned about that but didn't believe it. Have respect!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Beautiful but...
As stated previously, the two first Creek crossings are very challenging, especially with full packs where balance may be an issue. Still very high flows, so don't take any risks. Expect to get wet.
Mosquitoes above first crossing bad, and get worse as you go up in elevation. I'm no wimp when it comes to mosquitoes, but when we were up there during the last weekend in July, it was pretty much unbearable. And it never let up at night - I was getting swarmed even at midnight. Of course, this is likely to reduce substantially later in the season, assuming it dries out a bit.
But the wildflowers were awesome! The water was cascading everywhere, and it was good to see all the snow so late in the year.
Have fun!

Monday, June 26, 2017

beautiful valley. The creek is flowing strong. We planned on hiking up to Big McGee Lake but the bridge 2.5 miles in is washed out and broken. The bank is washed out also. The creek is flowing so strong it's dangerous. But the hike up with snow on the peaks and the green valley is gorgeous. coming back one day to make it up to the lakes. You may get wet at Horse Spring Falls crossing. great half day hike

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Only hiked about 3 miles in and even though it was a hot mid afternoon hike, there was still a breeze an plenty of places in rest in the shade along the way. Beautiful scenery, plenty of wildflowers and of course McGee Creek was full and furious! Great hike. I highly recommend it.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

One of the most visually stunning hikes i have ever been on!

Very beautiful easy hike. Mosquito nets not needed.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Do I need mosquito nets or is repellant sufficient ?

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Do we need mosquito nets in August or is repellant sufficient?

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Absolutely stunning hike, for a hiker & a photographer! Only negatives are it's Very crowded, & the mosquitoes were horrible when we were there in. I can see why it got it's name! Would do again any day!

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tremendous! The views were outstanding. 3 hours up to the lake at a good pace and 3 hours back. Tired at the end and enjoyed a nice dinner and wine!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amazing! This is one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever try!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

This is part of McGee Creek Trail and just one destination of many. We hiked it as an overnight backpacking trip with Big McGee Lake as our stopover. Our goals for the trip: autumn color and Red Slate Mountain. The first day, starting past bright yellows drawing lines all over the hills, we kept to the old road to hike up to Scheelore Mine, then dropped back and hiked up to the lake. The second day, we hiked up to McGee Pass, then continued generally along use trail up to the top of Red Slate Mountain. It is possible to do this as a class 1, but you still have to know what you are doing when climbing it. The mountain isn't much to look at, but you aren't looking at the mountain when sitting on top of it. The canyon above Convict Lake and the lakes and basin south of Mammoth are both amazing. Red and White Mountain, which dominates the view above Big McGee Lake, is stunning. All in all, a most excellent peak to sit atop. If you go over the pass, the trail will end at the Pacific Crest Trail (and John Muir Trail). Besides the spur to the mine, there is also a spur to high Steelhead Lake.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

We did this hike on our 3rd hiking day while camping in Mammoth Lakes RV Park. We drove an hour to Mosquito Flat Campground right past Rock Creek Lake off Rock Creek Rd. The trail head is called Little Lakes Valley. We parked our car at 8:45am and we got a space in the closes parking lot. This is a popular place so the first parking lot fills by 9am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. There are parking places down the road if it is full. There are numerous campgrounds along Rock Creek Rd. Mosquito Flat is the end of the road. There is first come first served camping but it is a 1 night maximum.
You pass a junction to Mono Pass which leads to Pioneer Basin (which is supposed to be an amazing 5 day back pack). You then pass Mack and Marsh Lake but they just looked like the river to me. The "first" lake you come upon is Heart Lake, it is gorgeous, you go over a little bridge right before it. People were fishing there and a mule pack passed by me delivering stuff to lakes farther up. Next is Box Lake, then Long Lake. After Long Lake there is a sign for Chickenfoot Lake. I took that detour, the trail is a bit easy to lose in one spot but I used my GPS to help me know which way to go. I also could have followed the horse hooves and poop. The trail comes around the back side of the lake. It is a small, somewhat private lake. I didn't see the lake from the main trail. After Long Lake the elevation increases greatly to Gem Lakes. At the first Gem Lakes Trail sign my GPS showed the trail going up the stream but it looks like they are restoring that area so now the trail stays to the left. Then you come upon a sign that directs you to Gem Lake to the right and Morgan Pass to the left. Morgan Pass wasn't much further but it was straight up and I decided to forego it. Gem Lake seems like its 3 small lakes connected. The part farthest in is the biggest it is gorgeous. It seems popular for backpacking to. Quite a few groups were there. I tried to get to its other side but I had to take a trail all the way around to do so, I then ran into a big rock face so I couldn't go on. Here I hit my head and ended up with quite a nice wound on my forehead. I then went back and at lunch near where I first approached the lake.
This area is very popular with dog owners. The dogs were swimming in the lakes which I got a kick out of. I would like to come back and camp at Treasure Lakes or Dade Lake which may be off-trail and more private.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Dad started me on backpacking at the age of 7. We obviously started with small trails only a few minutes from home, then gradually increased our trail sizes from there. We started taking yearly trips to different trail heads all over California. At the age of 14, Mosquito Flat was introduced. It has been, by far, my favorite and the most memorable. We had such a great time, we returned 2 more summer's in a row. Great experience, great scenery, great hike with Dad.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Took the mining road up to the lake to camp, then kept going up it to the mine at the end of the tram and started climbing the scree to the top. A few cairns show some route, but it's generally a choose your own adventure. The mine and tram workings were interesting to poke around. Snow and ice kept us from going anywhere dangerous around what appear to be vertical shafts. Stopped by more mine workings in Hanging Valley, but hard to see much under the snow.

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Nice trail passing along a beautiful meadow about a mile in. About half way to Horton lake lower is an old mining cabin that sits along a stream full of Brooke trout. About four miles in we arrived at the lower lake. It's a great little lake with awesome scenery everywhere. The trail to the summit is moderate until about 12,400. From here there is not a trail really and a lot of scrambling. We chose the western ridge to climb and it worked out. Once at the top (13,652) the views are endless. To ascend we chose one of the many chutes. This is tricky because of the loose rock. From Horton lake lower (where we camped over night) the hike to the summit took about 4 hours and two hours back to the lake. Permits required. Great hike.

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Monday, May 07, 2012

This is one of my favorite trails. It's one of the highest elevation hikes near Bishop. There are lakes visible in every direction, which makes the beginning two/three miles of switchbacks absolutely beautiful.

I've done out and back trips to Summit lake (about 8 miles total), and the full 19-mile backpacking trip. Either way, this trail is well worth your time.

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