Big McGee Lake is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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!
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.