McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek

MODERATE 12 reviews
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McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles
718 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

trail running


wild flowers


Directions from : Off US Highway 395 take the first exit after Crowley Lake, the McGee Creek exit, and proceed 2 miles south up the paved McGee Creek Road to the campground.

4 months ago

Easy after lunch hike with amazing scenery. Trail goes on as far and high as you want.

6 months ago

The valley is fairly dry as of mid-July, but I would guess that this hike is amazing in June when the flowers are much more vibrant. If you're looking for an easier hike, this is a good option.

7 months ago

There's not much shade along this trail so best times are probably earlier in the morning or later in the evening. My dogs really enjoyed this trail particularly the creek and running water at the end of the trail. There's still snow when we did this hike (end of May) which was beautiful to see on the mountain tops as well as at the end creek. There are also plenty of wildflowers along the way. Not too much of a crowd which is always nice.

Monday, October 10, 2016

this was the most beautiful sight you could see in the fall so many beautiful colors of the trees and leaves and I was a little bit harder but not bad I'm new at hiking and I was able to do it

Monday, August 29, 2016

The hike to the beaver pond is moderate. My Fitbit had the mileage at 5.6 miles which is a bit further than the map indicates. First part of the hike is exposed and hot but then you get into the Aspens and pines and it is nice. The pond has amazing fishing!

horseback riding
Thursday, July 21, 2016

We went horseback riding through the area and it was a perfect day. The trail was a bit sandy and the gravel was loose and there were areas the horses seemed to want to go slower in but great vistas!

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Soo gorgeous! The creek was flowing quickly, the entire McGee creek 'valley' is a stunning site. Easy day hike.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Beautiful hike in June as wildflowers are blooming along the trail. This hike is totally exposed so be prepared if hot. Beaver Pond is amazing as it's more of a lake than pond and the dam I'd quite large. Views to the east.

3 months ago

7-28-17 Awesome trail. I went past the turnaround point on this map. I went about a 1/4 mile past the 2nd big water crossing (8.2 miles round trip) past the body of water on the map, starting at around 7800 feet finishing around 9184 ft, it gradually climbs with a few rest (flat) area's. Most of the trail is open (No shade), and you walk through some aspen groves. The snow melt is insane now and the water crossings are epic. The first 2 are easy and not to deep if you decide to forge the water, but easily kept dry by staying on the rocks. The big water crossing isn't bad, but the bridge is washed out, still passable with a small log at the end to get you across. A mile or so after that will get you to the big beaver dam. There is a 2nd big water crossing with half the bridge washed out (1 of 2 logs left). There is a small tree trunk someone has placed to help you get across. It is slippery but not impossible to cross. Water is cold, deep and flowing fast, so cross at your own risk.

The trail mostly consists of dirt, gravel, and rocks. BRING SOME TYPE OF BUG REPELLANT! The mosquitoes are insane! I was eaten alive! There are pack mules on this trail so be aware of "road apples". Bring lots of water and lunch and it's a great hike!

7 months ago

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016