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Devils Bathtub Trail

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Devils Bathtub Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mono Hot Springs, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles
1551 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips





wild flowers



7 months ago

I did this as a day hike while staying at Mono Hot Springs in the beginning of October. The views were incredible and the lake is peacefully tucked underneath a stunning peak. The first 70% is very easy and the last 30% was a good challenge. I made it to the top in a little under two hours moving fairly quickly and about an hour and a half on the way down.

Plenty of water along the water for you to filter. The water in the lake is of course freezing but definitely worth a dip on a warm day.

Please remember to leave a little extra room in your bag to pick up trash people left behind. I was shocked to find garbage sitting along the lake.

My dog absolutely loved the trail!

7 months ago

A medium-plus difficulty hike. The first 4 miles are either flat or very moderate slope, The more challenging climb arrives towards the end, but you get rewarded by a great view of the lake upstairs.
I circled the lake clock wise direction , at first I had to walk on boulders , but later the trail was clear.
I did the hike on 01-OCT-2017 , there was no one there besides me, felt as if I was the last man on earth.
The entire hike took me about 5 hours including a long lunch break at the lake.
At the end , I also went to inspect Edison lake at the bottom.

Note1: one of the challenges of the hike is simply getting there, the Kaiser pass road is a one lane rough road full of holes where you cant do more than 15 mph - you get back ache , nausea and pray no truck comes ahead in the curves and blind spots :-).
Note2: If you are already in the area , it's worthwhile making a stop at Mono hot springs - the best one there is "Old Pedro" which is the warmest. Kind of a relaxing compensation for a long walk.

8 months ago

Did this hike over Labor Day weekend 2017. It was a beautifully sunny day with a few moments towards the afternoon of quick thunderstorms. Majority of the hike is fairly easy. The last 1/3 gets steep and rough, but well worth it. I did this hike with my Lab and about a 30lb backpack. Most of the trek is shaded by trees and there is a meadow to your left about 1/3 the way in. Don't miss it... the lake "Devils Bathtub" is the highlight of the journey. Beautiful place to relax, picnic, fish, swim, whatever your fancy. I would definitely recommend this hike.

9 months ago

This was a beautiful hike! starts out easy, and then at the tail end the incline sneaks up on you to bring it to a moderately difficult hike, but well worth the extra cardio once you get to the lake. Make sure to check weather, as midday thunder/rain storms are common in this high of country. We were rained on for a few hours, but it cleared up to reveal beautiful weather! Mosquitoes are BAD. Recommend to layer up, and use bug repellent to be able to stand a chance.
Can be done in a day if you are an active person who does cardio/hikes semi regularly. May not be as enjoyable if you try to do it in one day without being prepared for the cardio. Passed a few fisherman and they all said they got great catches. Next time I'll be taking a pole!

9 months ago

An amazing hike.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Easy trail. Lots of water crossings so be prepared.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's becoming more crowded that a couple years ago sadly. Still a great spot with a gorgeous payoff at the top. Be aware no campfires near the lake.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great weekend backpacking trip. Definitely secluded on the north side of the lake.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

So I see that they ha e this a moderate hike not true if difficult the last 2 miles

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Did 5 days at Devils Bathtub, amazing trip.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

great trail to hike, camp, and fish. one of the nicest lakes I've hiked to.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

love the hike, moderate, great for an overnight or day hike, for overnight, hike around the lake to the far end there is a spectacular camp site on the meadow, fishing a little though at the lake the creek proof to be way more effective for a fresh dinner.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Has to be one of the best hike around the area. Rewarding end. the view is spectacular! Didn't know the trail was 10 miles round trip since the sign doesn't say nor does the map. Worth the trip and best part was there was no one in sight but me and 2 friends :)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Loved this hike! Amazing views and a lovely place to swim at the end. Moderately challenging at times, but well worth it!! Well marked trail, well kept and not overly crowded. Spent the night at the campground nearby. Lovely trip!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Awesome hike, long long long drive to get there. Parking and road access is unclear after Lake Edison drains a bit. This trail is open to horses and pack animals, and a bear and 2 cubs were sighted on the trail (totally normal), so be aware!

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is the second trail I've taken since I started backpacking in '86. Beautiful country. Have been here a dozen times since and it's still beautiful. Go during the week if you want privacy, as its very frequently used by day hikers on the weekends.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Awesome hike. What a beautiful reward awaits you after the last steep haul. Bouldering to the north side of the lake to camp at the "beach" is VERY worth it. Plenty of great fishing too!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011