Lundy Canyon Trail

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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.

5.5 miles
2,122 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



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.

17 days 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.

18 days ago

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

20 days 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!

20 days 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!

20 days 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!

24 days ago

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

8 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.

10 months ago

My favorite spot on earth!

11 months ago

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.

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amazing, quiet, beautiful hike. Pristine views.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Love this hike!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

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

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.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Vey nice hike. I liked it better than Mono Pass and Lyell Canyon In Yosemite NP. You can drive to the trail head which is on a dirt road about 1.5 miles past the Lundy Resort. The trails starts in a grove of Aspens. It starts steep then flattens out for a while then continues to climb again. I saw a beaver and it's dam. I went in mid August during a drought year and there was still a decent flow of water in the main stream, although some tributaries were dried up. I wish I went earlier when it was wetter. I think the perfect time is July. The exact time would depend on the snow fall for the season. There were some stream crossings that were dry when I went, but could be a little tricky at peak water. There is a balance between going early in the season and seeing the most water falls etc and potentially not being able to ford a tributary. There are numerous water falls in the canyon. I was never bored during the hike.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tons of wildflowers at the beginning. We hiked up to Oneida Lake. It is beautiful up there. Lots of old mining equipment still there.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We hiked out to the top of the first cascade in late May and the trail had water run-off streams going through the trail in some parts. Even early in the season, there was a dozen different wildflowers. The view of the lake and waterfall were so beautiful! It was about 0.6 miles out to the first waterfall of steep hiking uphill, but totally worth it!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This is a surprisingly spectacular hike both the ease of the trail and the scenery. Many people have no idea about what lies past Lundy Lake. Lundy Canyon Trail is a easy hike. The trail is very visible you won't get lost on it. For the majority of the hike you are hiking up (elevation) next to the creek flowing down towards the lake. On the route there are a couple small lakes or ponds with beavers in them. There are a couple of fresh springs that Protrude from the ground that you can drink water out of. The highlight of the hike are the cascading waterfalls that goes right up next to you. We had lunch there both sitting down having our legs hanging off the water fall. As I said before these waterfall Is totally a surprise since its not seen from the lake.

There is good fishing at Lundy Lake. Use power bait near the Dam. People often catch the daily limit of five and a matter of a couple hours

Sunday, August 28, 2011

hard trail through rock but after that little easier. If I started early I could have made it up to 2 waterfall.

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