McLeod Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 351 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

views

Perfect little hike with incredible views. If you're looking for something fun to do in a short time, we highly suggest this hike!

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6 months ago

lovely easy trek to beautifull lake

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7 months ago

Less than 1/2 mile to a gorgeous lake. Then if you choose, walk around the lake. The way up to the lake is a steady incline and it’s easy to become a bit winded, but it’s easy enough to just stop and catch your breath and then continue on. When you catch your first glimpse of the lake, you’ll be glad you stuck with it!!

McLeod trail

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7 months ago

It's a short hike to a fantastic small lake area that is surrounded with sand and forest. A great picnic spot.

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7 months ago

Excellent, short hike with a fabulous payoff. We were there in October 2019 and the lake is beautiful and peaceful. I'm sure it's more crowded during warmer months, but we only ran into one other person at the lake and two others on the trail. Easy hike for everyone.

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8 months ago

Short uphill to a beautiful lake. It was very windy at the top. Easy, enjoyable afternoon.

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8 months ago

Fun little hike in the morning! Pretty quiet if you go on a week day.

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8 months ago

Spent a leisurely morning here as well as Horseshoe Lake. The rain came and went a couple of times but nothing too drastic. Brought some sandwiches and fruit for a light lunch on the far bank of Horseshoe Lake (across from the parking lot). Beautiful scenery and not too difficult. You may feel short of breath near the beginning of the hike due to the CO2 levels near the parking lot.

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9 months ago

This trail is excellent and the destination is peaceful and gorgeous.

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9 months ago

This is a beautiful lake and the trail to get up here is easy.

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9 months ago

Super beautiful easy short hike .

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9 months ago

Getting to the lake I would call a Moderate hike since it is all up hill but once you get to the lake it levels out and the way back is all down hill.

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9 months ago

Short trail to an immaculate alpine lake. Moderate incline but doable pretty easily. We swam in the lake, do so if you get the chance! Once we got up there we had it to ourselves.

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10 months ago

This is such an easy hike and enjoyable just to be up at the lake. We normally spend a few hours up there. The guys do catch and release fishing and we just enjoy the beautiful weather. There are mosquitoes so just bring your spray and enjoy this beautiful lake. It’s cute seeing the dogs jump in and splash around in the water.

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10 months ago

Kids say pretty good! A beautiful lake and worth the short moderate hike to get there. Great lunch spot.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

This was our second hike for the day. The lake was turquoise right before sunset. Beautiful and very easy to hike up to. There was a ton of snow on the far side of the lake. My kids had snowball fights and were able to slide on their rears and have a great time. There are two drift wood huts built along the shore that were really cool and made for some artistic photos from the inside out.

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10 months ago

This trail is short and easy. I’m think it feels worse during the incline because of the elevation. When you get to the lake you are so rewarded with a spectacular view!

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10 months ago

Beautiful lake! Nice , warm, and secluded

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10 months ago

This is one of our favorite hikes...a lot of payoff for not too much effort. Beautiful lake and one can usually walk a loop around it but when we went two days ago there was too much snow on the backside to navigate through. Snow patches also still exist on the main trail up (maybe 6 or so) which make it tricky but not impossible. Lots of trees, a gorgeous lake and a perfect quick hike!

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11 months ago

First time hiking this w hubby. Roads closed to a different hike we wanted to try so came here. We had no idea there would be so much snow and no trail markings but we made it to the lake and it was GORGEOUS! Lots of shade and would love to hike again in the fall on the actual trails.

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11 months ago

First time hiking this w hubby. Roads closed to a different hike we wanted to try so came here. We had no idea there would be so much snow and no trail markings but we made it to the lake and it was GORGEOUS! Lots of shade and would love to hike again in the fall on the actual trails.

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Sun May 12 2019

it's easy to get away from the crowds, just walk a little ways from any road, bring a fishing pole and you may have the entire lake to your self

Tue Apr 09 2019

great hiking for dogs

Tue Nov 06 2018

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

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Fri Nov 02 2018

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

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