Chocolate Lakes Loop Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Chocolate Lakes Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1791 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

lake

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

Agree with below post! I went counter clockwise (started on long lake side) with my two Weimaraners and it was a bit sketchy getting them down the boulders connecting Ruwau and chocolate. Overall, great hike if you can find the trail. Some amazing person stacked rocks to try and mark the trail (cairns) so look for those when you lose the trail!

backpacking
1 month ago

Not sure why they say "it features a lake", just finished it today and caught fish in 6 lakes on the trail, their map doesnt even show Ruwau lake.
make sure you realize the trail is not well maintained once it leaves the main trail by long lake.
i lost it several times but made it okay, keep a lookout for the cairns, very beautiful trip.
suggest you go counter clockwise, the trail between Rawau and Chocolate lake is pretty rough, wouldnt want to go uphill (clockwise) on that segment.

backpacking
1 month ago

Walked round the loop today leaving our packs at the first lake. Stunning scenery all day. Back at the camp now. This is the most perfect camping spot ever!

backpacking
2 months ago

Cool trail still alot of snow

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Good hike, lots of traffic. Watch out for the two hippy guys that look like women, they will tell you the rest of the trail is flat, you just finished all of the uphill parts. Hah the whole thing is uphill.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

Fun little loop hike with 5 lakes, optional peak and just a tiny bit of route finding! Take the trailhead from south lake and hike back to Long Lake. You'll pass the turnoff to Chocolate lakes, but that okay, you'll be back. You reach aptly named Long Lake and get a treat as you hike around the lake. Take the time to sit and soak up the view, as you have a bit of climb coming up. To your left looms the brown Chocolate Peak. As you hike alongside the lake, you'll come to the stair/trail to RuWau Lake. Slog up the stairway and trail to this pretty and big lake. Once yo reach RuWau, we lost the trail, but instead just went along the left side (north) of the lake. We found the trail again as it wound up the mouth of the canyon on the north side of the lake. Once you reach the saddle, you are overlooking the highest of the Chocolate Lakes. If you want to summit Chocolate Peak, now is your chance. Head left off the trail and clime 100+ feet of reportedly easy scrambling to the flat top. (We didn't want to get side tracked, but met an oldtimer who gave us the above info about the peak.) The trail zigs and zags down steep slope to the west side of the lake where the trail becomes clear again. You can then wind down through four lakes before rejoining the original trail that brought you to Long Lake. Go right and back to your car. We showed this as 1,900 ft and 7.3 miles. Just a good stretch of the legs.

canoeing
Monday, October 03, 2011