Cottonwood Lakes Trail

MODERATE 40 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
2788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

scenic driving

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.

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Backpacked for 4 days in Mid June plenty of snow above 11000 feet, Took my two teenage daughters on our second trip to the cottonwood lakes, they were still amazed by the beauty of nature. We saw many deer and a coyote so they thought it was amazing.

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1 month ago

Just finished hiking up to Lake 3 and 4. Beautiful!!! The snow on the ground made it even better!

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backpacking
9 months ago

Backpacked up to Lake 5 (10/21/16) for an overnighter. Well marked trail. Windy Sat. night. Beautiful area.

10 months ago

Good five hour hike today! Enjoyed the view, unfortunately didn't get to explore everything because it got super windy and the clouds set in. But all in all a great hike!

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