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Convict Lake is a photographer's paradise. The view of the lake, the aspen trees and mountains is phenomenal.The back story on how it got its name is entertaining as well.

It's a short hike to a fantastic small lake area that is surrounded with sand and forest. A great picnic spot.

Stay to the left bordering Lake Mary, my husband and I veared off to the right and got off trail. Its a beautiful view of lake Mary as you ascend and at the top Crystal lake is beautiful.

Hiked Oct 12th - Saturday of holiday weekend. No permit required. Dog friendly on this trail; be advised that dogs aren’t permitted on the Mt Whitney summit. If you choose to continue on with your dog, check the official Inyo website for the end of the line for dogs. I enjoyed this trail! It was well maintained and there are cut outs on trees marking the trail as well. My GPS logged 6.9 miles; maybe a half mile of that was from parking in a farther lot and walking along the side of the lake.. but it’s definitely Longer than 5.1 miles. I started at 10 AM (plenty of parking in overflow lot) and maintained a bit over 2 mph up and made it to lone pine lake by 1130. About 4 mph on return, 50 min or so. As a fairly athletic 28 year old that hikes occasionally, and with a 2 year old lab mix, I considered this hike moderate but leaning slightly toward easy and we really booked it. The altitude can get you a bit dizzy though if you aren’t used to it. It’s a short enough hike though to take your time if needed! Trail was well trafficked; probably about a minute between each group of hikers in both directions. Most people seemed to be trekking on to higher and longer trails, so there was some slowing down to scuttle by those with big packs and poles. Bring layers if you’re hiking around this time. It was chilly enough to need a beanie/jacket when I stopped, but my long loose T-shirt was quite hot while moving. The golden foliage was gorgeous. The lake itself was reflective and relaxing, despite the handful of people in and out. Be careful if you let your kids or dogs swim in it, it’s VERY cold. I had to spend some time warming my dog back up after one jump in, and my own fingers didn’t want to bend for a while after dipping them in. The water made for an easy filter though to refill my camelbak. Plenty of trees for hammock hanging. Wear sunscreen. I didn’t encounter many bugs. I maintained my AT&T LTE for the first 3/4 of the trail.

Easy scenic hike. Upper end of lake nice with Aspen groves and rocky beaches.

This is one of the most beautiful fall hikes we’ve encountered. This is our second time out and it didn’t disappoint. The beginning of the hike is across a meadow about a mile into the canyon. The trees get even more beautiful once you get inside Canyon. You’ve got to cross the creek which appears to be washed out but it’s not. There are two crossings: one made of trees which is easier to climb out of, and one with a bridge which is difficult to crawl out of but easier to cross back. The next section is beautiful, you’ll pass what looks Like is used to be a lake but now is an amazing display of beaver dams. Finally you’ll reach another creek crossing with easy bridge. This is a good stopping point around 3.5-4 miles. Or, you climb up a steep set of switchbacks another 1-1.5 miles to a beautiful serene mountain lake. I made the trek last year but got altitude sickness and decided not to this year. It’s about 10,000 feet elevation. Well worth it if you’re fit.

Fantastic views and great exercise for something that’s so accessible and short.

Beautiful trail! Easy walk around the lake with spots to fish. We caught some trout on our way along the trail. It’s a flat trail for the most part and awesome views of the falls colors with all the aspen trees.

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scramble
2 days ago

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Summited via Mountaineers Route on 10/5/19. No snow on the route. Took 3 days 2 nights. Hiked to Upper Boyscout Lake in day 1. Summit and back to camp on day 2. Back to trailhead on day 3. It’s challenging and requires plenty of stamina. Don’t attempt if you’re new to hiking or backpacking. Was about 10 hours round trip on summit day. The last 500 feet or so is class 4 scrambling and dangerous if you aren’t comfortable and experienced. I recommend being belayed on this section if you’re not an experienced climber. Tons of fun and extremely rewarding.

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2 days ago

this was an amazing hike! the views are phenomenal but the climb is strenuous if your not used to the elevation.

Breathtaking, but DIFFICULT! if you have a 4x4 drive the first 2.5 miles. It makes all the difference.

Great 2+ mile hike around Convict Lake which is so easy to get to. We were just there last weekend (early Oct) and got to experience great weather and beautiful foliage. It is easy for a family and we also were able to take our 4 month old puppy at well. Lots of people fishing but trails we're not so crowded. This is a great way to introduce yourself to an Alpine lake hike in the Mammoth area. Soo beautiful and will definitely do again.

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2 days ago

Did a 3 day backpacking trip with 2 nights at trail camp. Great scenery all the way up to the Whitney summit with no snow or ice on the trail except about 10 ft through a small snow field near the top. Didn’t use my micro spikes. They should call this the trail of hundreds of switch backs because it starts with switch backs from the start with the exception of a couple of hundred yards of flat trail along trail side meadow and camp post area and a gentle uphill to the summit the last 1.9 miles! Expect temps in the mid to low 20s if camping at trail camp. Many day hikers on the trail with a few not so smart ones half way up in the afternoon with no headlamps! Day hiking takes 14-16 hours and at this time of the year it gets dark from 7 pm until 6 am.

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2 days ago

Excellent condition. Great views. Good interpretive materials

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bridge out
2 days ago

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3 days ago

Most of the trail is through pine forest, nice for sure, but nothing too extraordinary. Some waterfalls and cascades along the way, which are cool. For me, this trek was all about the destination. Minaret Lake is next level. Seeing the sunrise was a soul shaking and deeply inspirational experience. Would have loved to just spend all day there but had to turn back. The second half of the trail (closer to the lake) is VERY rocky

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rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Rewarding loop trail. We did counterclockwise which I would recommend as the best views are then over half way through. Took my girlfriend and I about 6 hours with frequent breaks and a lunch stop. Lot of loose rocky areas and very easy to lose the trail in spots. Gorgeous and unique scenery with many alpine lakes of different sizes.

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3 days ago

hello again! I'm doing this hike on Saturday October 12, I have an overnight permit... I don't really want to do it by myself. if anyone reading this is interested in the challenge contact me through social media. Instagram account dvela. let's do this!!!

on Crystal Lake Trail

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3 days ago

Nice, well-maintained trail with beautiful views of Lake George and Lake Mary on the way up to Crystal Lake. The mountain views are also beautiful. Not too steep and not too long. Took us about 1 1/2 hours to go up and down and walk around the lake a little bit. We hiked in the afternoon, so it was getting a bit chilly on the way down.

Hike to falls is great although little shade offered in October, the falls were beautiful and we caught the magic of the rainbows. Climbing down the stairs to lower falls a must but take your time on the way up it is moderate. Plenty of folks enjoying the lower falls but not crowded which was nice.

Beautiful and easy hike for the entire family. A nice amount of shade along the way and opportunities to stop and enjoy the lake and fall colors.

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rocky
5 days ago

I finished it. Happy I did but 22 miles in a single day is not easy on the body. Drank 5L of water. Very windy and cold at the top today.

Not sure about mileage. We didnt' hike to the edge of Oneuda Lake. However, we walked to the CAUTION sign, where we could see the northern tip of the lake. My phone showed round trip from the parking lot 6 2. No matter what nice hike. Just note, to the lake 99% uphill! But worth it. Took 2 puppies and they did fine!

The colors are amazing right now (at the tail end). Good elevation gain, but a gradual incline.

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no shade
rocky
6 days ago

This was a fun little side trip on our day trip to the Sierras. If you want to get to the good stuff (inside the crater), drive past the first little parking area and park near the gate and you’ll cut the walk to get into the dome in half. From there, it’s a short walk up the dome to get inside. Once inside you’ll be treated to a surreal landscape that looks like you’ve stepped off Earth and onto another planet. My son had a blast exploring the rocks inside the dome and didn’t want to leave.

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