Lundy Canyon Trail

HARD 55 reviews
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Lundy Canyon Trail is a 5.5 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.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

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
1 day ago

Beautiful uncrowded hike in the Eastern Sierra. Fall colors are amazing here and the canyon was a mix of green, yellow, and some orange. The 1st part of the trail is back to normal and easy to follow. The last section of the trail to the lake is still extremely difficult and we turned around as it went nearly straight up a chute that is all loose shale. The waterfalls and aspens are worth the trek

hiking
13 days ago

Certainly one of the finest trails in the Eastern Sierras - I agree with all the positive reviews.

Now, about that rock slide. It is VERY confusing and hikers look like an ant colony trying to find the trail. Cairns lead nowhere. Note that the All Trails download gets it perfect, so download the map. Also, someone has attached streamers to trees that mark the route but they are red and white - and faded. If you want to help your fellow hikers, take along some orange surveyor's tape and hang them next to the red and white. Once past the ordeal, all is well with the world.

hiking
26 days ago

The first section of the trail has been wiped out by a rockslide. People have set up rock cairns to demarcate the trail, but it's still tough to follow. You should download the All Trails map since there's no phone reception and (attempting) to follow the trail can be frustrating. The last section of the trail has also been wiped out by a rockslide. I tried climbing up the shale to get to the alpine lake, but turned back once it got dangerous. Despite that, this was by far the pretties trail that I hiked in Mono Lake area.

hiking
29 days ago

This is a great hike with spectacular views. Took our family of 4 about an hour to get to the trailhead from Mammoth.

As of 08/25, there is still a good amount of shale from a rockslide that cuts through the beginning portion of the hike. The path can be hard to see, so follow the cairns and ribbons attached to trees that rangers have set up.

This hike was perfect for me (25 yo male) but proved harder for my younger brother. There is a lot of uneven footing and you’ll need to cross a waterfall a couple of times by balancing on logs. Challenging, but very fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail last week (8/14/18). Incredible scenery! The trail is washed out in the beginning due to a rock slide, but it’s easy enough to find your way to the remainder of the trail. I found this hike to be easy, but we only hiked up the canyon until we could not go any further due to a massive rock slide which prevents access to the lake. Still, we probably hiked around 4 miles round trip.

I would recommend this trail to anyone. You follow a Creek for much of the trail and pass a beaver bond, aspen groves, meadows, and many cascading waterfalls. Incredibly high concentration of beauty in this canyon. Will definitely be returning in the fall to see the Aspens change colors.

1 month ago

Beautiful canyon and a gem of a hike. Waterfalls are great. Road to trailhead has been repaired.

360° of beautiful scenery.

walking
1 month ago

Trail is washed out in three places. Road to parking area is no longer accessible due to massive rock slide (at least about the size of a football field) and probably won’t be repaired for a while. It is difficult to find trail through the second and third washouts but there are cairns to guide you but they’re hard to spot, at times. Of course it’s beautiful but it’s just a lot harder to hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredibly beautiful canyon hike. I have not ever seen these many waterfalls and running creeks on the Eastern Sierra in one place. Beautiful groves of aspen trees, lots of beaver ponds to sit by and serene country.

The only downside is that you can no longer reach Lake Helen due to the shale slides. The mountain has wiped out the last portion of the trail and the shale is not stable. I got about half way up and had to turn back as I was slipping down the slope.

hiking
2 months ago

What a great hike! Lots of colorful birds, flowers, ferns, buzzing critters this time of year. A must if in the area

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful scenery and the wildflowers were amazingly abundant the entire way. Waterfalls along the way we’re gorgeous. The climb was pretty easy and there are lots of opportunities to wade into the water to cool down. Would definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Just hiked this trail with a group yesterday and we we’re all blown away by the beauty this trail offers. If you like beavers you’ll really appreciate the epic views of these clever engineers’ work. My fiancé and I also jumped in for a little impromptu swim along the way! It is pretty easy but does have some rocky points as well as flooded areas that can present challenges for young kids or older people. We hiked with my 71 yr old mother-in-law who has hip problems but she took it slow and still loved it. Overall it’s a real gem!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked July 1, 2018. Intimidated by a bad section of the road, we parked and walked. Road soon improved—should have driven to trailhead. Wildflowers were great and there were many landscape photo ops. Because we started at 2:00 pm we had to stop at the log cabin. We’ll be back!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this summer 2016 and continued until the trail ends at the cliff wall at Steelhead Lake. Amazing hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Only went till the first waterfall viewpoint in the fall season. It's kinda nice. But walking through the mile and a half of dusty road where only 4x4 can go and cover you in dust killed it.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

My favorite spot on earth!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Absolutely fantastic hike. wildflowers everywhere, views of falls and lakes. we hiked up through running water past the top of the falls and ended up at a gorgeous oasis of pools and falls. it was a good workout but our 2 small dogs made it and had a blast.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was a spectacular hike. Wildflowers, snow, lakes, waterfall, brook crossings. From the trailhead, it's only about half a mile to a great view of the falls, but it's a good workout. We went a little further, to the top of the falls (no view down, but beautiful pools), then stopped as it was wet and very snowy thereafter.

Note: if you have a high clearance 4-wheel drive, you can drive to the trailhead. You do drive through water, and there's one bad patch of fairly deep mud. As of May 27, anyway.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The trail has melted out to the waterfalls (about 1.5 miles in). It was a beautiful quick hike and one of the only ones that has partially melted out in the area.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

No place like Lundy Canyon.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Amazing, quiet, beautiful hike. Pristine views.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Love this hike!!

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

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
Sunday, January 17, 2016

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
Friday, August 14, 2015

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
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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.

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