Virginia Lakes Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Virginia Lakes Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,329 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful scenery at every turn! The 1st half on the way to the peak is easy. Climbing to the peak builds the heart rate but the views from the top on both sides are spectacular and I feel like it would be ok to turn around from there if you were looking for a shorter hike. The decent from the peak is a little tricky as the trail is shale and switchbacks and sometimes the trail is lost with snow cover, but there was a crew of three men working on digging the snow away from the trail in a few places. The hardest part is knowing you have to climb back up the peak from the summit.

hiking
27 days ago

There were still some patches of snow on June 15, but a beautiful hike! You pass many lakes, and have to cross some sections of creek by stepping on rocks. Definitely recommend!

1 month ago

easy and amazing

8 months ago

5 generations of my family make this place a regular vacation spot. The hiking, the spectacular views and fishing are all amazing. This place is a hidden gem.

hiking
10 months ago

This is one of the best alpine hikes I've ever been on. There are at least 8 very nice lakes, several interesting rocks with glacial markings, snowfields, and a miniature glacier near the top that calves into a lake (at least during high snow years like 2016-2017). Furthermore, many hikes in the Sierras and elsewhere build up to a summit. This hike, though, is short enough that you can go past the first summit to see many other cool features, even if you are just doing a dayhike!

While many hikes have one or two of these features, this one has all of them and is not that crowded.

10 months ago

great trail!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a beautiful hike!

Monday, October 10, 2016

great hike with several lakes on the way. you can stop and return at any point.
currently everything is brown all around. just few green trees around the lakes and little streams.
we did it with our girls (10 + 6) and enjoyed it a lot.
it seems that all lakes got fish in them.

backpacking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

It was beautiful as always. We camped by Frog Lakes. There was still a lot of snow and it was melting like crazy so there was water everywhere too. Hiked up over the top and down towards Summit Lake but couldn't make it all the way due to the snow.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

I love this trail! Hiked it last April, May, and June. In June it was so beautiful covered in wild flowers.

hiking
Friday, October 12, 2012

Nice trail, and easy to get to lakes. Not super strenuous but steady incline. Was very cold and windy when we went so we didn't go too far since we had 4 1/2 year old and 17 mo old w/ us. Would like to do it again and go farther. We only made it to frog lakes.

hiking
Monday, October 01, 2012

Nice steady incline up to the lakes and great views from the top.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2011

Went and spent time to go above the lakes higher elevation could get to person

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