Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2267 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle lake and back. The hike from Mineral King to Eagle is short and steep with about 2200ft elevation gain in about 3.4 miles. The hike starts at an elevation of about 7600+ and reaches just below 10000ft at Eagle lake. This is a moderately difficult hike and can be finished in half a day, although it might be more relaxing if you have a full day.

4 days ago

hiking
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10 days ago

Great Hike, beautiful views. The road up, Mineral King, was sketchy. Definitely want to have good tires and brakes.

1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with great views but way too many people. It's one of the shortest hikes in the mineral king valley so a lot of people do it, all day long

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail that gives you a taste of everything ranging from wildflower meadows, forest, streams, rocky landscapes and two beautiful lakes!

hiking
1 month ago

Love the hike thru out. The views are spectacular. I would even rate this as hard than moderate because of the incline hike almost the whole time. Bring some extra clothes, the water is very welcoming and I regret not jumping into it.

2 months ago

hiked from Cold Springs campground... saw several pheasants... the marmots ignored my vehicle... great hike to a beautiful lake with jagged peaks 3/4 around it... lots of trout and still some snow pack... some of the coolest pine trees that seem to love such an extreme environment

2 months ago

2 months ago

This trail was an awesome challenge. A beautiful view the entire hike. Some of the most amazing scenery I've ever seen. It was a fairly strenuous hike but the reward at Eagle Lake was worth it. Water is freezing but I had to jump in! Be ready for a great workout but the most amazing views you can imagine.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail takes you through beautiful green meadows, trees along the creeks, and a steady climb through boulders and rocks. You are rewarded with breath-taking views of the lake surrounded by mountains.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike w constant views. Lots of wildlife on the trail. We stayed on trail the entire time, but the hike to Eagle Lake and back ended up being about 8 miles long.

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Moderate hike. There scenery up to the lake is phenomenal. Make sure to take chicken wire for the marmots if you plan to stay over night. If you forget, you can always rent it at Silver City.

hiking
3 months ago

06/14/2017

Amazing trail. We only managed to get as far as the steep section below the intersection with the Mosquito Lakes trail - lots of partially melting snow with loose gravel and dirt made it impossible to climb much further up. The first stream you come to was somewhat dangerous crossing (shin deep) but was certainly dangerous as we came back (almost knee deep). That stream is very dangerous, don't cross in the morning if it's more than shin deep or you don't have poles!

I'll re-review once I make it to the top here soon.