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.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

lake

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1 month ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Before living in Mammoth, this was a trail I did often when visiting in the summer. Now that I live here, I do this trail multiple times a week and then go around Horseshoe as well. The trail isn't long, but has some elevation gain. If you aren't used to the altitude, don't be ashamed of stopping and catching your breath! The views around McCloud are spectacular. Great place to bring your dogs and let them splash in the lake. Also a great place to take a dip yourself!
As of today, just a patch or two of snow. Be careful as one has some water flowing through and looks like it might not be safe to walk over in another few days.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Nice lake and hike, but the lake is catch and release only. you can't take any of the fish.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Great hike that is family friendly. Did it with my boys (9 and 6). As of today, there is still snow on the upper part of the trail though it is easily passable. Weekends are busier. You can expect heavier traffic midday to early afternoon. Lots of kids, dogs and fishermen. Limited beaches due to high water levels but is still a very enjoyable and beautiful experience.

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5 months ago

My wife and I did this with our 4-year-old and we threw the 1-year-old in the baby backpack. As of July 7, there is still a significant amount of snow covering the trail leading to some unsure footing for unsteady feet (4-year-old). Easy enough route finding when tracks disappear under snow on the way up, but don't be tempted to veer too low too fast on the descent, or you'll be in nothing but snowfields - saw one group do this. As far as the hike, the payoff is at the lake which is absolutely stunning with the Mammoth Crest towering above and snowy banks. There are a few very small spots to dip toes in the water and peer out across the lake. This is a great hike for small children with a great payoff.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

5 months ago

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

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Monday, July 04, 2016

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Thursday, June 23, 2016