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Laurel Lakes OHV Route

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Inyo National Forest

Laurel Lakes OHV Route is a 9.7 mile lightly 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,031 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

mountain biking

scenic driving

ohv / off road driving

forest

lake

views

over grown

rocky

snow

The ultimate in SUV adventure roads. Challenging but not overwhelming with breathtaking scenery. Climb to secluded, crystal-clear mountain lakes near 10,000 feet and fish for brown and golden trout. Primitive, secluded camping along Laurel Creek in lower part of canyon. Great early-summer wildflowers and changing aspens in the fall. Trail is open to mountain bikers, hikers, ATVs and dirt bikes. A short and convenient drive from the town of Mammoth Lakes, a premier outdoor recreation destination. Located in Inyo National Forest. Narrow, steep and rocky shelf road. Good visibility of road ahead allows you to anticipate when passing will be necessary. Suitable for all stock, high-clearance 4-wheel-drive SUVs. Note: Snow may block upper portion of trail well into July.

rocky
5 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Rocky but manageable. Doable with a stock 4runner or Taco, but I wouldn't go with street tires as there are sharp rocks all over the trail. The views are fantastic and the lake is peaceful. A few good camp sites by the lake. Don't go on a busy weekend, trail traffic can cause problems here.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

Awesome OHV Trail. I’m a novice off road enthusiast and did it easily in my Trailhawk, Cherokee. A few sketchy parts, but aided by a friend as the spotter. Ground clearance was not a problem, did not air down tires, and trail was not heavily trafficked. (Only saw two other vehicles) it’s about 5 miles in for a total of 10 to get back out. Took us 3 hours total with a 30-40 break at the lake to enjoy the views and streams. Definitely worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail that requires some but not a lot of ground clearance. Great views and fun trail that requires just a tad bit of technical ability. Took us about 3 hours round trip with a 35 min stop at the lake and a few spots for pictures.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 months ago

Narrow rocky trails with plenty of traffic, be ready to pull over often. Very beautiful though. Bring a full size spare as the rocks here are sharp. First switchback down to the lake is tight/tricky, otherwise no issues for my '02 Tacoma. Stock trucks will be fine as long as they have proper tires. Don't risk it with highway rubber.

hiking
8 months ago

I loved the off road that lead up to the lakes. We saw some pretty fall colors all the way up. We ended up on a little island that juts out of the lake for our lunch spot. So worth the rocky path up!

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Great trail beautiful views and challenging obstacles. Made it to the lake and back in a stock 14 4runner trail edition. Air down the road is filled with rocks and ruts.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Did the trail with rented JEEP and had a good time. Only dragged a couple of times. Pretty intense switch backs and rocky areas. Worth the journey to a beautiful lake. Left bottom of trail head around 400pm and Made it back to condo by 730pm. Perfect location if staying in Mammoth .

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Beautiful views,good off-road trail to the lake, great camping right on the lake. Make sure your vehicle has 4wd and some clearance.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Beautiful views, nice trek up into the mountains. Laurel lake is beautiful, don’t miss it!

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Great off road single track trail to a beautiful lake. You will need a vehicle with decent clearance. Our FJ with the TRD package and 35s had little problem. While this trail is rated moderate, there are some rock sections you have to be careful and if you don't have good clearance a spotter might be needed. Also some shale sections that will scare the less adventurous. Beautiful views!

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Killer trail! Not many challenging sections, never touched sliders on my 4runner. Took me an hour and a half to reach the lake, perfect for paddle boarding. Tons of great views along the way, bring some mosquito repellent though!! Switchback turn above the lake is nothing major, just take it slowly. 5/5 will definitely drive again.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

Great off-road adventure. Can be slow if you run into others coming the opposite way. Very Narrow trail with limited areas to pass. The lake is beautiful!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

Very rocky fun trail. Great views. High clearance and lockers necessary. Could most likely make it with 2x2 but you’d need lockers. Completed the trail in a 4x4 Tacoma with 3” lift and body armor.

running
rocky
9 months ago

Don’t be confused... this is not a trail. It’s a forest access road primarily used by trucks and ATVs. This road is usually the first thing to melt in the spring and accesses incredible fishing.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice off road trail. Used f150 with leveling kit and 35" tires.

mountain biking
rocky
10 months ago

Very very loose trail for mountain biking. absolutely gorgeous, but difficult due to the rocky trail and grade! The best part was up to the meadow near the campground (about halfway). Experienced riders only.

ohv/off road driving
snow
10 months ago

An absolutely beautiful trail that definitely requires a 4wd and high clearance. We took a 18 Tacoma TRD Pro with 33s and 2in lift and it was perfect. Took the trail as far as we could but was impassable due to snow across the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail still closed for off-road vehicle due to snow on trail but completely crossable on feet with good snow shoes.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
snow
Mon May 13 2019

Still not clear enough from snow only made it a mile and a half up then had to turn around because of the wife was scared I’m pretty sure it’s do able but with work and balls of steel to go further up but how much more snow is at 10000ft compared to 9000ft where we turned back???

ohv/off road driving
snow
Sat Apr 27 2019

This trail look'd awesome. But we tried to do it and was impassable with how soft and deep the snow is. I drive a LJ on 35s with a 3.5" lift with no luck. hope to come back soon to do the trail

ohv/off road driving
Sat Nov 24 2018

It was a fun trail. First time doing some off-roading like this in a stock af jeep. The hairpin turn was easy, just pull in head first on the turn out and back into the mountain and you’re all set.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Nov 17 2018

The train can be a little tedious but the destination totally justifies the work to get there. Take your time and you’ll be fine. Very calm and peaceful. Surreal and picturesque!!

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 24 2018

Beautiful, trail is moderate. We made it in a jeep jk, our friends were in a stock Tacoma. I would go again, it did get really cold at night.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 03 2018

it was a fun trip did it in my super duty so if i can do it you can too

ohv/off road driving
Sun Aug 26 2018

This is one of my new favorites! I made it with a stock Chevy K1500 and 32" tires. The rocks are sharp so I'd suggest making sure you have good tires, but ground clearance requirements aren't too bad. I didn't find the last switchback to be anything overly difficult either, but I have a regular cab short bed. I might think differently if trying it with a longer wheelbase, though I suspect it's still manageable.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jul 25 2018

Great trail. Be careful on the last hairpin switchback. I nosed in, reversed down the trail 150 feet or so to the next switchback which left me pointing forward again and did not require making a somewhat gnarly 3 point turn. Otherwise, the trail is pretty spectacular. I was in a stock 4x4 2018 tacoma and made it no problem. Did scrape my side predator side steps a couple times, but no big deal.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Jul 20 2018

Did this trail today and had a great time. My quad struggled in the cold air/elevation but still made it. Rocks are sharp but my 4 ply tires held up well. You have to take this trail slow but it was worth it to get to the end. Stock 4x4 will be a close call while anything lifted will do fine. Quads and dirt bikes can handle this.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jul 18 2018

Great trail climb. You don’t really know that you’re climbing till the trail pulls back on itself and you see the valley. Amazing views. There is a lot of loose rock and shale on the trail.

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