Cottonwood Lakes Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Cottonwood Lakes Trail is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2493 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

Cottonwood Lakes Loop starts from Horseshoe Meadow and travels from the Golden Trout Wilderness into John Muir Wilderness. The trip begins on a mostly sandy trail leading you North into the Golden trout Wilderness. After a mile there is reliable water in the form of a creek. Pass over the log bridge or rock hop, and proceed on the flat trail skirting a meadow that holds Cottonwood Creek. The trail begins to gain elevation and you will want to avoid a turn off toward Golden Trout Camp. Head up the trail across a well made log bridge, rock hop one more creek and come to a junction. You can chose to complete the loop section anyway you like. There are trails that shoot off from this loop that head to Muir Lake, South Fork Lake and New Army Pass.

backpacking
1 month ago

Stunning area to see. Easy to navigate area. Great for acclimatizing.

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1 month ago

This was a pretty easy hike with beautiful scenery the entire time!

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2 months ago

World class. Spectacular. Relatively easy day hike.

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backpacking
3 months ago

Probably my favorite trailhead in the sierras!

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