Lundy Canyon Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

NOTE: The road leading to the trailhead is closed due to COVID-19. Visitors can still walk or bike to the trailhead. Please check here for updates: https://monocounty.ca.gov/roads/page/county-road-closures Lundy Canyon is a hidden gem in the Eastern Sierras. Many people only think the Lundy Lake is the only attraction in this canyon. But they are totally wrong. The hike begins past the lake where the dirt road ends - trail begins. This is a easy hike. The highlight of a hike are cascading waterfalls. The trail is really visible the entire route. While hiking to the cascading waterfalls gushing with water, there is a couple hundred feet of elevation gain but nothing major. A very pleasant hike. The trail can be taken all the way up to Saddleback lake over the ridge but the waterfalls are there well before any serious climb is attempted.

hiking
12 days ago

Dirt road to parking area is open again and not too much water along it yet. Trail is really easy to follow for a little over 2 of the miles but still hitting some snow for the switchbacks up to Helen. Do-able with the right gear! Great hike with mix of sun and shade and plenty of beautiful views of the falls!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Made it to about then top of the waterfall, then trail was covered in snow

snow
25 days ago

Beautiful time of year to see the waterfalls. Made it to second big falls 2.2 miles from trailhead. About 8700 feet we lost the trail to snow cover. A few more weeks and you should be able to make it to the third falls. Water crossing to this point was doable walking over trees. Road is closed still, so biking in or walking 3.1 miles is the only option.

backpacking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

I went backpacking on this trail with my parents as my first backpacking trip. I had an amazing time and this trail had so much to offer. little rivers, big trees, rocks, and all the old mining equipment at the top of the trail was really interesting to look at and think about. i would for sure recommend this for a good first time backpacking trip because it’s not to long and very pretty. lots of bugs when we camped up at the top lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Went October 13rd. This is an amazing autumn hike as the aspens were a perfect golden color, and there was no snow on the trail. IMPORTANT: This trail, as marked on AllTrails, is a tough class 2. You will have to climb up completely unmarked steep scree from miles 2.0-2.3 to get to Lake Helen. You can stop before this scree section and still see all three waterfalls on the trail. This trail has everything packed into a short amount of time. A creek leading to a massive waterfall, a lake at the summit, gentle switchbacks, a small meadow and of course the Aspen grove the trail winds through for the first mile. Saw a couple mountain goats that bailed as soon as they realized I was there, too. The rock scramble that occurs roughly 60% of the way on the uphill is NOT to be underestimated. This is surprisingly difficult for even experienced hikers and to say the path is difficult to trace would be an understatement. Just pay attention to the AllTrails map if you're not sure where you are, there's a few times on this trail where I got a little bit off the path.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike through the Aspens to the waterfalls, but most had already turned. Parts of the trail are rocky and some streams to cross so a trekking pole is helpful. We only made it to the 2nd waterfall and turned back. We saw the beaver dams, but no beavers.

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful in fall. Beaver damns

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty waterfalls! Nice Fall color Aspens. Saw two deers

hiking
8 months ago

2.5 mile hike

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Trail was easy to find and stay on... elevation was switchback and beautiful the whole entire way. Uncrowded, spectacular views in early Fall. Glorious Aspens just starting their seasonal change. Absolutely a favorite hike! Even the drive to the trail was gorgeous but you need a rough vehicle to get over the rocks and holes.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful!! So much to see from waterfalls to creeks, ponds...great fly fishing. Parts are fairly difficult so be prepared and trained a bit

hiking
9 months ago

What a beautiful gem of a hike! We stopped enroute to camping at Bishop Pass and were just blown away by the waterfalls, wildflowers and wonderful views. Took about 4 hours to make it up (and back) to the talus above the last major waterfalls.

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked the first 2/3 of this trail on 8/3/2019, approximately 1.7 miles up. Fantastic scenic trail with lots of streams, waterfalls and canyon views. The wildflowers were amazing, as were the Aspen forests. There are three stream crossings that require good balance. We got up to the larger cascading waterfall, which is a great place to stop and turn around if you don’t want to do the super steep last 1/3 of the outbound trail. Worth using bug spray this time of year. Also, there are some potholes on the drive up — a high clearance vehicle is best. Overall, this is one of the best trails we’ve hiked in the sierras.

hiking
muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
snow
washed out
10 months ago

Steep hike, very little shade most of the time. We didn’t anticipate how how it would be- definitely meant for early morning or in cooler weather. We hiked this in late June and there was still snow this time of year. It was melting, so the trail basically went like this: Slate rock, no shade, Stream instead of trail River instead of trail Forested and snow on trail (~2-5ft) Marsh We hiked through all the way to the mine which was filled in with snow, but it was cool. The lake and soil is ridden with arsenic down in the ravine, caution.

hiking
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Attempted on July 22 2019. Got stuck in a snowfield on a steep scree slope at 2.3 mi, a bit beyond the a rock slide at the west exit of the canyon. It was impassible without ice axe. The canyon itself is gorgeous with a great variety of wildflowers and trees, picturesque waterfalls, a few fun water crossings and a beaver lodge just west of the lake (explaining some of the swampy areas). The section until the snow field is moderate/easy, but the scree slope is sketchy and is a class 2 scramble, even without the snow.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. The water is high enough that the higher portions of the trail are under water but the parts we did hike are wonderful.

hiking
10 months ago

Went up here in early July and loved it! Brought our dog with us as well, she loved all the little creeks and lakes to cool down in. The trail was blocked by snow towards the top, we had to throw in the towel at 2.54 miles.

hiking
scramble
snow
11 months ago

hiking
rocky
snow
washed out
Tue May 28 2019

Amazing hike! Only able to do roughly the 1st mile due to snow (end of May 2019). So beautiful! Definitely download the AllTrails map as previously mentioned, Rock slide makes it hard to follow for a bit, but makes for unique and beautiful scenery.

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

We only did about 4 miles of the trail. Really cool waterfalls. Didn’t think it was hard at all.

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