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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.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,122 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

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
2 days 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
6 days ago

Wonderful in fall. Beaver damns

hiking
9 days ago

Pretty waterfalls! Nice Fall color Aspens. Saw two deers

2.5 mile hike

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rocky
19 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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.

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muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
snow
washed out
2 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
2 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
3 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
3 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.

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scramble
snow
4 months ago

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rocky
snow
washed out
4 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

As of Oct. 21, in some spots, the Autumn colors were past their prime. In other spots, they were still in full glory. Gorgeous hike. Can’t wait to come back next year with my friends. Did this hike for my 60th birthday. I’m in decent shape and did not think it was very hard at all. My husband is not in shape and he thought it was hard. So, we only went as far as the Upper Falls and not all the way up to the lake. But it was still a very satisfying hike. Go, and take your time with your slow-going friends because there’s plenty of beauty to drink in while you wait for them to catch their breath!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Very well maintained trail, breathtaking fall colors!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Beautiful Terrain and crystal clear water. Loved every minute.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gorgeous hike! Especially in the Fall. I was there today and noticed the rock slide cutting through the first part of the trail (I’ve hiked this before) but had no trouble at all keeping to the trail. No ribbons or cairns needed, IMO. The first part is stupid easy. Almost anyone with working legs can do it. After getting to the rocky part, it does get slightly steep, but it is nowhere near “extremely difficult” (as others have rated it) provided you’re at least in decent shape. Past the Falls and the pond, keep going another mile or so until you get to the Cascades. Super beautiful. Speaking of that, some hikers (myself included) completely missed the left turn across the logs (before the cascades) and assumed to the empty river bed to be the trail. Don’t be dopes like us. Lol. Right where the trail appears to go down into the empty river bed stop and look left. You’ll see two logs going across the river bed. Cross them and you’ll be back on the trail on the other side.

hiking
Monday, September 24, 2018

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
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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.

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