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I camped at Second Lake on 7/3/17, this place is absolutely beautiful!! The trail up was clear and easy to follow. It is an exposed hike and I definitely regretted starting the hike at noon since I spent most of it being cooked by the sun! However, I will say I was sorely disappointed in how many fire pits there were at Second Lake. I counted over 5 in just the small area we camped. There are prominent signs on the trail clearly stating "No Fires" and campers are reminded by the rangers when they pick up permits that fires are not allowed. Not only is it a huge risk because fire danger in Inyo National Forest is currently at a "Very High" but it takes away from the experience for other campers. Please remember to practice LNT and respect these places!! Other than that this trail is a perfect 10/10!

11 days ago

great hike,beautiful scenery, fishing was good. Bring bug repellent for the mornings and if your going to stop at the rangers cabin. We hiked to the 3rd lake. Can't wait to do it again and see all 7 lakes.

My FAVORITE hike by far! Every part of this trail is absolutely beautiful! We hit the trail at 8 am and arrived at Second Lake in 3 hours. It took us 2.5 hours to hike back to the car from Second Lake! Will definitely be back soon.

Such a breathtaking hike. The entire hike was gorgeous!

16 days ago

19 days ago

July 1st 2017

This is an out of the world trail. I have never seen such beauty. This land is truly magical.

I got up to the fifth lakes with no problems. There was patches of snow but quite heavy snow to black lake.

My recommendation is to start early, otherwise you will get smoked by the sun or the mosquitos. Camp at third or even fourth lakes.

It's great but the trail isn't marked very well. People were getting lost. Also don't bring multiple dogs without hiking your trail first. It's a tough trail and a hiker couldn't get his 3 dogs to keep up and was stranded

25 days ago

Breathtaking!!! 4th lake still has ice and I didn't try to go any further!! I camped at Second lake. Beautiful!! Warm during the day!! In the high 30s at night and extremely windy!! I welcomed the high winds to get rid of the plethora of mosquitos. I think I used more bug repellent the last 4 days than I have my whole life!! Watch out for snakes. I passed a 4 footer on the trail parallel to 2nd falls. Not a rattler, but still a snake!! (see photo) Enjoy and safe travels!! ❤

26 days ago

June 25th – Day hike (14 miles). Amazing views and moderate – hard level trail. First half of the trail is pretty exposed and thus we started around 6 am to cross the John Muir sign before it gets sunny and hot. All through the trail before you get to the first lake you will be rewarded with heavy waterfall and scenic views. We took lots of breaks in between and reached the first lake (4.85 miles) around 9 am. It was all thawed out and had beautiful turquoise blue color. 2nd and 3rd lake comes along in short order. 2nd lake is the most pristine where the granite meets the aquamarine water. 3rd Lake to 4th lake is the hardest part of the trip and has the steepest climb. Once you make it to 4th lake, 5th lake is very easy walk and worth the jaunt off the main trail. Trail to 5th lake was snow covered thus, we had some difficulty tracing our way. It was a breathtaking view of snow floating all over the lake and shining bright due to direct sun rays. We turned back after 5th lake as 6th and 7th lake were still frozen. We decided to complete the loop through black lake and would say it wasn’t the right decision. The trail was completely covered in snow and we had a very hard time finding our way back. It took us 2 hours more to find our way back with hoping over the rocks and sliding through snow. We were able to find the trail in last mile of the loop where there’s a spot from where you can see all three lakes together. It was spectacular. Other than the snow it was a great hike. Coming down was comparatively easier as its all downhill. This hike is a MUST DO, there is nothing like seeing majestic sights that most people will never lay their eyes on!. RECOMMENDATION – Do not try to complete the loop if the snow is still there and download offline maps in your phone to track your location in case you are lost.

Hiked up to Second Lake and made camp there for 2 nights. Day hiked and explored Lake 3,4 and 5. 5th lake was still frozen over, beautiful sight. Mosquitoes were out, but not terrible. Deet kept me bite free.