Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Lee Vining with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

Mountain scenery, flowers, lakes, a mine, and a ghost town: this hike has everything you need in a short hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this hike with my fiancé and his 71 yr old mom. All 3 of is loved it. Easy hike and extraordinary views. We made it to one lake and would’ve loved to keep going but had gotten started a little too late in the day so turned around. Mostly shady and follows a beautiful creek.

hiking
26 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
28 days ago

Pretty straight forward hike down towards the water's edge to look at the tufa towers. Flies are everywhere, but they stay low and don't bother people. If you are going to make one quick stop at Mono Lake, this is probably it.

hiking
1 month 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!

It is a nice short walk to see tufa and mono lake. very unique. even it is very short, but if you want to be there for a while and take pics, do not forget bring water.

easy and amazing

hiking
2 months ago

Walk down from the Visitor Center via paved paths to a closer view of Mono Lake. The VC is very interesting and worth a stop. Drive out to the east side for some up close and personal interaction with the tufas.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick stop and boardwalk to the edge of Mono Lake north from the Visitor Center. Lots of birds.

hiking
3 months ago

This was fun for my children because there was not only obsidian, but there were huge chunks of pumice that they could lift because it is so light.

Walked on a lot of stinky sand. Lots of flies. Couldn’t see any huge tufas you have to be on a boat for those.

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
9 months ago

Unearthly and a must visit Eastern Sierra spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Eastern Sierra hike!

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.

on Virginia Lakes Trail

10 months ago

great trail!

Easy trail to see unique features. Pretty around sunset.

We did just the 0.9mi out and back trail near the crater as the sun was setting. Couldn't really see the crater very well.

easy trail... lots of geology... obsidian and pumice

Interesting little trail quick to do. Try it during golden hour. Flat and friendly for all. Probably even handy cap accessible for an out and back of the first half if you have a good chair.

5 lakes in a short distance. Beautiful in the fall as well. In my top 5 Eastern Sierra short hikes.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a nice short walk with great views of Mono Lake and the Tufa. The sand sits in the heat of the sun all day so beware of that if taking a dog. There's not any shade.

walking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is definitely an informative walk rather than a hike, but cool to see nonetheless.

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful park with short but very nice nature trail. A good afternoon stop with unobstructed views of the lake.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Interpretive trail along Lee Vining Creek, beautiful riparian forest. Great Fall color opportunities.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a beautiful hike!

Friday, June 02, 2017

The perfect way to view the special nature of mono lake!

walking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Interpretive trail with nice views. Information center has a lot of cool stuff.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Another reason why Mono is my favorite place on earth.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

You really get to experience the previous depth of Mono prior to the LA water district draining some of the water. I would suggest learning about tufa formation at the visitors center (5 miles up the road) and then seeing the tufas. Walking along these wonderful formations and thinking about how they formed under water makes you appreciate the experience even more! The walk is like a sandy beach, but more sturdy ground. The trail is a complete loop from the parking lot. Fee is $3.00 and I would suggest paying at the visitors center so you can have something to display in your car's dash or you can use a valid national parks pass.

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