Convict Lake Loop Trail

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Inyo National Forest

Convict Lake Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 213 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

washed out

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washed out
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Nice loop trail... no surprises to worry about throughout. Snow was melting so the creek waters were flowing into lake so beautifully! Took the kids ages 7-17 and it was a breeze for them.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy 2.5 mile loop around the lake. Several places to pull off the trail to sit by the lake. One small water crossing but there are logs you can cross over. We walked around twice to get a longer walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, pretty flat the whole way. Perfect for families. No snow anywhere near the trail on April 28. So a few people swimming and it looked nice. 78° today.

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

A little snow on the south side of the lake but manageable as long as you have sturdy shoes and go slow

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike that’s great for new hikers! Stunning views and opportunities to get into the water. Does get busy in the summer so come prepared.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Beautiful, quick and easy hike around the lake. Was able to do the full loop the week of 2/17/2020- some parts were snowy and icy so make sure to wear hiking boots or similar footwear. I would recommend going counterclockwise, but both routes are equally gorgeous. If you park at the trailhead the hike is closer to 3.5 miles. Enjoy!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking in the winter. Lake was frozen over 14 Feb.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy 2.5 mile hike around the lake. Some beautiful views with the surrounding mountains. The southeast side of the lake has a narrow trail with a fairly steep drop off down towards the lake, so I wouldn’t recommend it for small children.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a really easy loop trail around the lake. I went during the fall season and it was amazing. The whole view is great no matter where you're at, but the best part is towards the upper end of the lake.

walking
7 months ago

Really pretty spot— especially in the fall. We went towards sunset and it was great, but probably better in the morning. Alpines everywhere in full bloom early October.

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muddy
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

This lake is stunning. One of my favorite memories of this particular trip. Water was clear. The atmosphere was quiet. Parking lot was empty (October time). Colors of trees was stunning. Simple loop around. I would love to return in the near future.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Beautiful, easy, not a lot of shade hike.. but just so gorgeous. You can rent boats or a kayak too

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice loop trail. God views of lake and mountains. We like this as a first hike while we are getting used to the altitude.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

Nice morning hike. Definitely want to go early because it gets HOT!

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bugs
washed out
9 months ago

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