Emerald Lake Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Dogs and hubby and I enjoyed the hike up and the beautiful lake once we got there!
Beautiful scenic all the way
Perfect for a family hike. We took our five year old and one year old in early June, when there were still a few patches of snow. A decent amount of shade and pretty lake to see. Next time, we will go further to see Sky Meadow. Definitely family friendly! And it could be a quick hike without kids.
Easy hike. Though there is a steady climb at the beginning, it isn't nearly as steep as the other trails in the Lakes Basin. The lake is small, but has its own unique beauty, it's not "just another lake." To make a full day out of it, after reaching Emerald Lake, head up the trail along Coldwater Creek to Sky Meadows. I imagine the wildflowers would be out of this world up there in the spring.
I also hiked this via the Lake George side, following signs to TJ and Emerald lake. Short, yet high elevation climb will leave you pretty winded if not used to the altitude. Once up it is relatively flat and easy. Views are beautiful and Crystal Crag is a sight.
The emerald lake trail is a fun easy trail for beginners. The trail starts out uphill for about half a mile then flattens out until you reach Emerald Lake. Should only take about 20 - 30 minutes at a good pace. Go in the early morning to avoid crowds (Around 8 AM is when we went).
Emerald lake is small compared to most lakes in the area but is still very beautiful. Fish were everywhere you looked in early June.
I like to turn this trail into a loop by going up Skeleton Lake about another 1.5 miles north, then from there take the trail down to Arrowhead Lake and then back to Coldwater Campground where you park. You can go even more north if you want, up to Duck Lakes if you're looking for a great overnight backpacking trip.
Overall good easy hike, great for family's and dogs. Not one of the most exciting lakes in the area to hike to by any means but still cool and one that everyone should get a chance to visit.
We loved this hike! It was mid July, and the wildflowers were just ALL over the place. Easy hike, my biggest suggestion is for Mosquito spray~ the buggers were out in full force, and being right by the water, the fed heartily!
Not a difficult hike. Good for a quick family hike. We like to follow cold water creek most of the way up (less dust). Definitely wear bug repellent.