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.

5 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!

easy and amazing

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 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.

8 months ago

Great Eastern Sierra hike!

9 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

9 months ago

great trail!

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

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

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

11 months ago

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a beautiful hike!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

Monday, May 01, 2017

Another reason why Mono is my favorite place on earth.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Moderate incline to the top. Nice gravel pathway for great grip! Spectacular view of the crater and I liked how there are options to go around the rim and along the crater plug itself.

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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tough to find the trail in spots but gorgeous overall!

on Bennettville

Friday, August 05, 2016

Nice short hike, but make sure you have the bug spray handy. Lots of mosquitos at the ruins (buildings). The mine site and waterfall were also interesting. Didnt go to the lakes beyond the structures, but a fellow hiker said they were very pretty w/ minimal effort compared to other lake destinations in the area. Hopefully, will be back soon to check them out. 7.65

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.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hands down the best place to see a hill of solid obsidian - beautiful black glass - although it just looks like rock until you break it open - don't remove it (it is sharp and will cut you). Wear good shoes (this is a rocky mound up to 300 ft high from parking lot. Hike up a gravel hill to the right and come to some switchbacks up to the top of the crater, giving you a great view of the eastern Sierras and Mono Lake as well. See cool evidence of the volcanic activity. From Highway 395 and Highway 203 in Mammoth Lakes, head north 20.3 miles on U.S 395 towards Lee Vining and Mono Lake. Take a right on 120-E for 3.1 miles [continuation of Tioga Road if coming from Yosemite and the same road you’d take to the South Tufa trail on Mono Lake], and then take a left at the Panum Crater sign, which takes you about a mile to the trailhead. Nice parking area with a geology hut. Great description here: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/long_valley/field_guides_panum_crater.html - Coordinates: 37°55.537' N, 119°02.923' W (hand held gps); Elevation: 6,830 ft.
Don’t miss this one!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Awesome hike both around the rim trail and into the plug. Amazing views in from the high points. Suggest counter clockwise on the rim trail.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Great place to visit a little volcano with very interesting rocks.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Great place to visit. Very easy to get to and a great little hike. There's so much here to see. A very enjoyable experience for my whole family.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Super fun easy hike. Great to take pictures holding big pieces of pumice.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Panum Crater is awesome. Just outside Lee Vining on some dirt roads is the crater, which is made of obsidian and pumice. Due to the obsidian, I highly recommend wearing shoes that won't let material in because the obsidian can cut you feet! The hike is really short but fun with sweet views of the eastern sierras and Mono Lake. Plus you can take awesome pictures of you holding a "boulder" above your head since the pumice is so light.

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