Pika Lake Trail

HARD 15 reviews

Pika Lake Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,132 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

2 months ago

Don’t let the difficult rating scare you away. A challenging but do able day hike, this trail rewards you with a beautiful view of the Eastern Sierras and a pristine alpine/ glacial lake (Duck lake). This trail follows many lakes that are connected by a running stream so if you want to go light on water and sterilize your own as you go you can. I went towards the end of July when temps were 77 deg around noon but with the high elevation and lack of clouds it gets warm, I started to delayer half way through. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray

backpacking
2 months ago

This place was perfect for us, the first day we backpacked to pika lake then crossed the stream that runs along the main trail to enter the apex of the 4 lakes in the valley. The second day we just explored the valley and would return to our site periodically for meals and lounging. This place is paradise, treat it gently!

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

One of my favorite Mammoth hikes. Mountains, Lakes, flowers .. everything. Pika is a hidden gem right next to Duck Lake. The trail to Pika is better than the Lake itself.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Great hike. We came across one couple who had camped there the night before. Other than them, we saw no one. Mosquitos were pretty bad all along the hike. Wouldn't rate it difficult. Probably more moderate. Still a few spots where you had to traverse across snow, but nothing too bad. Views are incredible.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The duck pass and duck Lake Trail are always absolutely amazing with vistas that are unmatched and then up around a little curve comes this tiny little beautiful lake of Pikalake

fishing
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

great views, well worth the hike.

backpacking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Backpacked this in fall. No one was around. Such beautiful, clear blue lakes. The colors in the fall are amazing. Would definitely do it again to share with someone. I wouldn't rate it as difficult. Maybe hard.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017