Heart Lake Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
#15 of 98 trails in

Heart Lake Trail is a 2.1 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 May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The Heart Lake trail In Mammoth Lakes is a 2.5 mile out and back trail.

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11 days ago

I don’t know why this is classified as easy - easy is something Grandma could do and this is most definitely NOT. It’s pretty steep - it’s all uphill until you get to the lake. The lake is pretty but there are better hikes in the area. But the views along the trail are amazing, the lake, IMO, is secondary

Trailhead was kind of confusing to find.You have to drive through a campground. There is a huge parking lot and you probably won’t have a hard time finding a place to park (hiked this over Fourth of July week and plenty of spaces). This is in the same parking lot as trailheads for the mine, duck and emerald lake. Go into the parking lot and go all the way around, almost to the exit - that’s where the heart lake trailhead is. Parking lot is a one way.

hiking
15 days ago

Amazing views and very beautiful hike. However, I would call it moderate, not easy. To me, easy is okay for older folks and kids. Easy to me is okay with regular shoes not hiking boots. Kids had a hard time and a few older folks in our group only made it half way. The switchbacks do not feel like easy. We took about 3 hours including breaks, photos.
Another note, the cold water creek campsite has multiple trail heads. We went to 2 others before finding the heart lake trailhead, but once we found it it was easy to tell and navigate.
All in all, I highly recommend this hike. Many people who passed us easily went up and down this trail, but keep in mind your group’s fitness level!

1 month ago

nice and easy trail with beautiful views!

11 months ago

This is a wonderful hike and my family's favorite so far.....
When we got to heart lake a couple told us to walk a little farther to a more scenic lookout. So glad we did.... an amazing view of Lake Mary. The majestic mountains covered in snow, sound of waterfall in distance and beautiful aspen trees are some of the many memories we carry with us from heart lake trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

The beginning 3/4? mile of incline hiking was a little challenging for my family of non-hikers. My mom 70, son 11, niece 7. We almost turned back, despite the beautiful view of the snow covered mountains, rushing sound of the waterfall or a creek. Luckily, we kept going and was greeted with a beautifully calm lake with snow for playing on the side. The hike back was fun because it was all downhill :). This hike is fun for children because you can stop at the mining camps.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Great short in and out hike with spectacular views. Aspens along trail already turning to fall colors made for terrific photos. Nice cool breeze in October kept the walk pleasant. Only one hill on way to lake, after that it's all downhill

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Uphill for the start but really worth the effort. Once at the lake go to the right up hill a little more to a plateau for an even more beautiful view of the valley and waterfall. We got caught in a light hailstorm and rain but all still worth the hike.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Steep first mile but beautiful views !

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mostly uphill on the way up and a breeze coming down. Beautiful scenery

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Perfect day! Mining area was amazing!

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