Duck Lake Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Duck Lake Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2293 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

This large, grand, austere mountain lake is close enough for a day hike from Mammoth Lakes, but far enough that it still offers solitude to those who want it. Wilderness permit required for overnight use.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

One of the best hikes in Mammoth Lakes. Three beautiful lakes even before getting to Duck Lake, which is exquisite. The final mile or so is a tougher climb over a rocky debris field from the decomposing peaks. You'll likely see patches of snow even late In the summer. There are beautiful views back toward Mammoth Mountain as you climb. A winner! The only downer is the horse and mile poop, it seems to be a favorite of Mammoth Stables also.

9 days ago

Such beautiful views especially around Duck Lake! One of the more beautiful hikes I've been on. Another bonus is you can drive to the trailhead as opposed to hikes in the valley, which requires you to take the sardine-like shuttle.

backpacking
11 days ago

This is, by far, one of the best hikes/backpacking trips we have taken. We picked this trail because it was pet-friendly and not too far for the dog. We made it to Pika Lake in about 3 hours. There are plenty of places for the dogs to drink out of ponds and streams and lakes. Although it is uphill for most of the way out, it really wasn't that bad. We passed a lot of day hikers with dogs, trail runners and some
Horses. There are very few campsights at Duck Lake so we went to Pika Lake about a mile further. There are a lot of sights at Pika Lake, some near the water and some tucked away in the forest just up from the trail.

13 days ago

Incredible this is the must do hike in Mammoth Lakes.

13 days ago

Beautiful trail! With so much water this year even in September the lake was full, we encountered snow and many water features along the trail!

13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. We arrived Sunday afternoon so it was moderately busy on the way up but we hardly saw people on our way back. It took us about 5 1/2-6 hours to complete but that included stopping for rest and photos and then a nice lunch once we reached the pass. There's no shortage of spectacular views along the way but make sure to continue past the first lake and up the rocky, switchbacks for the best view. Bring plenty of water, snacks and bug repellent. The elevation gets to about 10,800 feet so that's something to keep in mind, too.

hiking
22 days ago

What an incredible hike! Broke in my new hiking boots on this trail.

27 days ago

Go on to Pika and enjoy the solitude!!

29 days ago

Amazing trail, very well made. Gets a little crowded simply due to convenient location near mammoth.

hiking
1 month ago

10.5 mile out and back hike. The elevation gain is moderate most of the way up. No snow on the trail. Bring insect repellent as there are mosquitos near the lakes. Beautiful views and many wildflowers still blooming-columbine, penstemon, paintbrush and more.

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1 month ago

Pretty awesome & changing views. Up hill maybe st of the way in, but marked well. Gorgeous ending- go up switchback past the lake for best views at end. Tons of mosquitoes in hanging lakes/ponds along trial- bring insect repellent!!

hiking
1 month ago