Mammoth Pass Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Mammoth Pass Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,155 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

snow

Start at Lakes Basin Path / Horseshoe Lake Trailhead and follow the signs for Mammoth Pass Trail. Go over the pass and descend down to Red's Meadow Resort. Options from here for Rainbow Falls or return back up the hill. See https://www.mammothtrails.org/trail/21/mammoth-pass-trail for a full description.

hiking
22 days ago

I hiked from Red Meadows to Horseshoe lake and enjoyed good views at the outset. Was glad to have plenty of water with me as the hike is quite exposed for most of the way. Super quiet which I love - and I enjoyed the almost constant ascent. Do it the other way around if you’re more into downhill!

hiking
1 month ago

Melanie is right. It was hot.

But it wasn't hard. Because I went FROM Horseshoe Lake (via McLeod) TO Red's Meadow (via Rainbow Falls). After McLeod, it was either flat, or all downhill, which provided spectacular views of Red's Meadow because of the previous fire that cleared out a lot of old growth. Too bad about the fire. But I do like my photos.

Then took the bus from Red's Meadow to Main Lodge ($8! TIP: Tell the driver you are exiting before the Monument exit and you don't have to pay to board. Then linger on the bus and exit where you want.) the Tram to the Village, and Uber to Horseshoe Lake to get the car. All in time to get pie at East Side Bake Shop before 3pm.

Winner winner chicken dinner.

1 month ago

We started from rainbow falls and took the pass over to Horseshoe Lake. It was mostly uphill and hot as it was in unshaded areas because of the fire that affected the area years ago resulting in there being smaller trees. The trail would probably be better taken as shown here from Horseshoe Lake to Rainbow falls as it would be less uphill and more downhill.

hiking
2 months ago

Did as part of a hike into Devil's Postpile and Rainbow falls. A little bit hard to follow trail on the way up due to snow. The trail seemed to deviate at the end from what was shown on the topo and https://www.mammothtrails.org/trail/21/mammoth-pass-trail
We ended up popping out by Red's Meadow Resort, not the campground. Ends up being slightly shorter than what was described on the Mammoth Trails website. Not much shade on the way down the hill to Red's Meadow Resort. Fill up water at the Red's Meadow Resort for the walk back up the hill!

hiking
22 days ago

23 days ago