Convict Lake Loop Trail

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Convict Lake Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

walking

6 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Update: Did this hike around the lake again. Snow on trail has melted, so no problem going all the way around!

Absolutely beautiful location! We hiked from the trailhead parking lot to the lake, then all the way around counter-clockwise. Trail was dry and hot to the lake, then lots of shady spots around the lake. The view of the lake when you come over the first rise is breathtaking - it's surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The trail is mostly dry; however, the stream is flowing swiftly from the snow melt and at one point, you must cross over it on a few big rocks sticking up. In another spot, the snow has not melted yet on a high, narrow area of the trail. Other than those spots, the walk was easy, but I don't recommend taking small children all the way around until later into the summer. To avoid those areas, go around the lake clockwise instead and just turn around when you get to the snow. In addition to walkers/hikers, there were many fishermen. You can also rent boats for a half or whole day. You can tailor your day to your family's fitness levels and interests. I highly recommend visiting this gorgeous lake.

20 days ago

Great views

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

I would highly recommend getting up early and doing this as a sunrise hike. It was quiet on the trail and not hot outside. Watching the sun sneak over the mountains and light up the snow capped mountains was breathtaking. I ran into a few other hikers but mainly folks fishing. A nice dog friendly trail. I parked at the actual trailhead which adds more length to the hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Lucky enough to have snow capped mountains and spring run off through the aspen trees. Easy walk/hike around lake. Lots of areas to fish and picnic. Really beautiful

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Nice winter trail, bring snowshoe / skis

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

this is an amazing trail. I have hiked it 4 times now going all the way to genneive.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

walked all the way around the lake it was gorgeous

hiking
7 months ago

walking
8 months ago

Although I often refer to my walks as hikes, this one really should be considered a walk. It is stunningly beautiful anytime of year, the fall might be my favorite time to be here. The mountain rises 3000' above the base of the lake, it should be seen in person as pictures don't do it justice. According to the Convict Lake Resort, the loop trail is closer to 3 miles.

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely, relatively easy if you are in good health. Breathtaking views of the mountains and
lake. Takes about 2 hours at an enjoyable pace. Wear a hat because first half , from the trailhead parking lot is unshaded. We saw deer and chipmunks and boy scouts and Australian students! Very enjoyable for sure.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago