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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.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 2,329 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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Amber Woodyard
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail! One of the few trails open in the Eastern Sierra. hiked from the parking lot to Summit Lakes and the Hoover Lakes. Tons of deer who were oddly obsessed with my dog. Our 4th time hiking here check out all the shenanigans.  http://hungrymountaineer.com/virginia-lakes-to-summit-pass/

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Christina Duffy
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Hiking

It was so smoky in Mammoth so we headed up here to get in a hike today. Parking was rough, bathrooms horrific. Lots of people on the trail but it was still gorgeous. We only did 4 miles, but being from almost sea level, the altitude and elevation gain made me feel like I worked pretty hard! Just a stunning day!

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Gina Magit
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Hiking

A great escape from the smoke in the Mammoth area. The trail was a little busy for the first three miles to the summit, but we went on to Summit lake and saw very few people—especially considering the closures of surrounding national forests, heavy smoke in mammoth and being a Saturday. Beautiful hike. About 10 miles to Summit Lake and back.

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Darren Duerksen
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Nancy Lewis
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. I ended up clocking in 5 miles. Perfect weather today. A lot of people on the trail and anglers at the lakes. No smoke when I was there but later at June Lake you couldn’t even see the mountains. Some fall color but the aspens are almost done.

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Augustine Miranda
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Jeff W
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George Suchand
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Hiking

Paradise lost. Out of the smoke. Lakes galore Two easy creek crossings. Lots of traffic because of fire closures.

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Alex Ilnitsky
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Loved it!

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Genoa Jay
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Genoa Jay
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Jim Hunter
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Hiking

Major elevation change up and down to Summit lake but well worth it. Passed many lake and countless beautiful views from the trail. The miners cabin along the trail make you really appreciate the age we live in.

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Lindsay Smith
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery and views the entire way. Plenty of incline so not for the faint of heart. Not too overcrowded. Pleasant temperature this time of year though a bit windy especially at the top of the pass.

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Sam Macias
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Hiked up to the summit on this trail. Definitely do yourself a favor on this hike and hook a left at the top to go check out Burro Lake. It's not too far off and the views and water color are spectacular.

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Udi Lazimy
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Hiking

Hiked up to the saddle. Fabulous views from the right of the saddle down the next valley. Super beautiful hike. Swimming in the lake was great too!

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Robert Yoder
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Hiking

Very good trail

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Janelle Weinert
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Nicolette Oliver
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Awesome hike. It was a bit harder after passing the Frog Lakes going up to the Summit but totally worth it. I went on a Tuesday afternoon and saw around 15 people in total maybe. It’s challenging at times but a great hike with some great views. I suggest checking out Conney Lake on the way up because it was absolutely gorgeous.

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Brent Shortridge
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HikingGreat!

Did a day hike on this trail to Summit Lake and back. Beautiful views, well-marked trail, plenty of water sources. No snow on the trail. Great hike!

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Kathleen Shanfield
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Hiking

Made it to the summit today but not all the way to summit lake. Had 2 dogs with us and they got tired out by that exposed climb at the end. There were quite a few other hikers and backpackers but everyone put their mask on to pass on the trail. This trail is great since it has everything- forests, lakes, streams, stunning views of huge exposed mountains, views into Yosemite, a little snow and switchbacks to make your heart beat fast!! We will be back.

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Heather Hopson
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Hiked out last week to camp on the shore of Summit Lake with my brother and dog. No snow on trail when we went and conditions were perfect! About 6 miles from Virginia lakes trailhead to Summit Lake and Hoover Lakes. Must have bear can and wilderness permits to camp as its on the edge of Yosemite Wilderness. So beautiful!

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Megan Sanguinetti
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Backpacking

Nice trail; crowded at the start since it connects to so many lakes and day activities. We hiked almost to Summit Lake (slowed down by mild altitude sickness) on Day 1; hiked 10 miles into Yosemite on Day 2; and then hiked out on Day 3.

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Tim Paruszkiewicz
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Hiked up with a group ranging from Seniors to tweens. Went as far as Cooney Lake. Absolutely awesome hike. Even though it was in high 70's there was still some snow along the way and the kids loved it. Great hike to take while your significant other fishes Virginia Lakes.

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Cora Kammeyer
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Beautiful hike, moderately challenging but not grueling. We were there the first week of June and there was still a lot of snow to trudge through. Weather was windy and cold but sunny. Once you get over the pass, the views of the back side of Yosemite are incredible! About half a mile down the other side of the pass the trail was blocked by a steep snowpack that we didn’t feel safe crossing. We went off trail down the tallis pile but only got about halfway across the snow-filled valley before giving up. Wet feet but a fun day!

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Ricky Ayala
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Amazing trail. Plenty of lakes, streams and waterfalls. Didn’t make it to the end due to the snowpack. Still worth it. Be prepared to trudge through snow. And be prepared for the weather! When my girlfriend and I started the hike, it was sunny as could be. By the time we were finishing, it had to snow with some pretty aggressive wind gusts. Still all worth it!

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