Lundy Canyon Trail

HARD 25 reviews
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Lundy Canyon Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles 2208 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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
2 months ago

3 months ago

No place like Lundy Canyon.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing, quiet, beautiful hike. Pristine views.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

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8 months ago

8 months ago

Love this hike!!

hiking
8 months ago

This was such an incredible hike. Very beautiful but challenging. Definitely worth the sore muscles from this hike.

hiking
8 months ago

What I loved was the variety of terrain. Beautiful waterfalls. The hike is more about the journey than the destination.

hiking
9 months ago

did the hike end of May 2016. Still a lot of snow at the end of the canyon, so access to the upper lakes was not possible. Beautiful hike still.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! Views change from waterfalls to creeks to ponds. When we went (late May) the upper 1/3 was still mostly snow but we were able to get up to the upper falls in boots. Doggy loves it too!

hiking
1 year ago

An easy hike with great views and some history to the past from the miners who once year round in the canyon. If you're looking for a good place for a vacation, Lundy Lake offers a great place to camp.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Amazingly beautiful hike. Fairly easy for an Eastern Sierra hike (rather like Rock Creek without the crowds). Off the beaten track, so lots of solitude. Mileage depends on where you begin and end. If you go all the way to the end of the dirt road (little loop), then it's just over two miles to the best cascading falls, or four miles round trip.

hiking
1 year ago

Awesome views and great hike. My most fav so far.

hiking
1 year ago

This is amazing hike! You start out at the end of the dirt road where it turns into a loop, convenient to turn around since this is a one lane road. Also, be aware there’s a second trail that’s not marked and is across from the outhouse. The trail-head is just a bit further on the loop. Also, this trail is marked as Easy here in AllTrails. I don’t agree. Although it’s good for all skill levels, I would rate this trail as moderate.

So, now about the trail. So you head out you’ll start walking on a slight incline through a forest where you’ll come to a beaver dammed pond. This could be a good picnic spot if you wish. But don’t stop here, look up and you’ll see a gem of a waterfall. So now getting back on the trail from the beaver pond and to the waterfall, you now start to climb. But you’re rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, wild flowers, and the wonderful quite (other than nature). When you reach the waterfall, and if it’s springtime (as it was for me), you’ll be treated to a strong flow over the waterfall.

Now you could stop here and just enjoy the views. But if you continue, you’ll be treated to more beaver dams, many stream crossings (some with bridges), more elevation gain, more amazing forest, a meadow, and then, finally another great waterfall. And better than the first one! It’s about 3.5 miles to get to this waterfall, but well worth it!

This is one of the better trails I’ve done over the years and I believe captures the spirit of John Muir.