McLeod Lake Trail

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McLeod Lake Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately 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 and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.1 miles
334 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



Snow pack still pretty heavy but doable with GPS. STUNNING PLACE.

8 months ago

9 months ago

10 months ago

A nice and short trail to incredible scenery. The lake feels very isolated from the world and stunningly beautiful.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Family friendly but hot in summer. We were happy to cool our feet in the water!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A good average ability hike, heading up from the parking lot at Horseshoe Lake. The Horseshoe Lake loop is a nice start, and you get more of a hike up to McKleod Lake. Appropriate for all ages. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

This trail is pretty busy. If you continue past McLeod Lake to Mammoth Pass or Red Cones, the trail empties out to almost nobody but yourself.

This was the first hike I did after moving to Mammoth, and I wasn't in great shape. At the time, the climb up to McLeod Lake was pretty steep and exhausting, but it's pretty short. I still say it's doable for almost everyone, just take it at your own pace. There were several senior citizens having no problem on this trail. Hiking around the lake is a good workout due to the sand, but its proximity to the Mammoth Crest makes the scenery spectacular. You will see lots of kids and dogs swimming in the lake and there is plenty of room to relax or have a picnic. Of all the hikes a family could take a young child on, this one would probably be at the top of the list due to its length, decent climb and no large boulders or steps for them to have to be carried over.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Extremely easy hike ... nah, it's a walk. Ideal for families with young children. Short distance, nice tree coverage, and beautiful lake.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Nice day hike with family and friends. Trailhead is at Horseshoe Lake and there is plenty of parking on July 4th mid day. The hike is less than 2 miles round trip including walking around Lake McCloud. We had 6 kids ranging from 5-13 and none had a problem. Beautiful view at the lake. We lunch and returned in less than 2 hours.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Always a fun hike--if only to see all the great dogs along the trail. We always hike this on the first day we arrive in Mammoth because it's short, fun, and it helps us acclimate to the elevation upon our arrival to Mammoth. The reward at the end of this hike is a beautiful lake with stellar views. And take some time to watch the dogs swimming in the lake chasing sticks thrown by their owners. It's lots of fun, and always a great first day hike! Can highly recommend this short hike for families with small children.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ad a great time with friends. Trailhead is hard to find. But once we got going it was beautiful. Planning a trip back in the spring!!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The beginning of the trail head is this desolate looking area at horseshoe lake but after talking to a geologist we learned the wasteland look comes from high concentrations of carbon dioxide in the soil..once past the trailhead it's a nice easy hike only .4 miles to the lake but there's plenty of areas to hike around the lake or other little trails to explore. Sandy embankments make it perfect for a picnic and some fishing unfortunately there was a huge fire burning near by and the smoke was really thick and visibility was next to nothing on the day we went but I bet the views are amazing