Explore the most popular hiking 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
24 days 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
24 days ago

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

I have a question. I’m planning to do this trail for Labor Day and taking my pet. Do they allow dogs in the taxi?

How hot would it be for Labor Day?

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous alpine scenery with just a short hike. The flowers were still going in late August. The beginning/end of the hike is steep.

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.

It is not a difficult hike per say but not exactly young child friendly. I would say 8+. Wear thicker more durable long pants because the bushes are very thorny and will rip them. Saw a couple jack rabbits but for the most part pretty untouched and quiet area with very few hikers. The way to the parking lot is a long stretch of unpaved narrow dirt road — beware your car has likelihood of being scratched as the side of the road is full of bushes. Overall, the fissures were pretty cool and it was a good way to spend the day when in the area.

I have hiked this trail 5 or 6 times. The trail is fairly steep at times, and narrow in a few spots. The last time I did this hike was in 2014 with my wife and son. I was excited to show them the mine shaft and all the other mining equipment. I was disapointed when I saw that the shaft had been collapsed or collapsed on its own. It is still a gorgeous hike, and one I hope to take a few more times.

hiking
6 months ago

I'll only add that the initial 1/2 mi up to the ridge is exceedingly steep and rocky. Especially perilous descending. I'm 73 so that's obviously part of the difficulty. Other than that,. a perfect ramble above timberline. Look for the mule powered windless and watch out for open vertical mine shafts up top.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views, alpine lakes, and a ghost town. This is one of the best hikes in the Yosemite area.

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
7 months ago

Only went till the first waterfall viewpoint in the fall season. It's kinda nice. But walking through the mile and a half of dusty road where only 4x4 can go and cover you in dust killed it.

Beautiful hike. About 2” of snow on most of the trail after the log crossing as you pass the Fern Lake trail.

Great hike with beautiful fall color near Lundy Lake. Historical remnants were interesting and added a desolate vibe to the area.

hiking
7 months ago

A spectacular and unique adventure.

hiking
7 months ago

Unearthly and a must visit Eastern Sierra spot.

hiking
7 months ago

Great Eastern Sierra hike!

I'd give it 6 stars if I could. This is the kind of hike where you stop every 20 steps to take a photo. It's not difficult because the trail is pretty flat. We walked clockwise because I wanted to photograph North Peak and Mt. Conness in morning light and the best views of them are on the west half of the loop. The east side of Saddlebag Lake is much less rocky though and much easier to walk on for our pup. All in all, one of my favorite trails ever.

backpacking
7 months ago

A very steep trail but as all great things it was worth the effort. The lake was beautiful with snow on some parts of the ground. We fished the whole lake and caught beautiful brook trout. Don't forget to walk around the whole lake. There is a little pond behind the lake with the most beautiful view of the valley below.

on Gaylor Lakes Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful! Easy hike. Many incredible photo opportunities.

hiking
8 months ago

Did the hike around the lake this past September. Very easy trail as it really gains nor loses any elevation at all. We went counterclockwise. Great views to the west at North Peak and Mt. Conness when you're on the eastern shoreline. A good starting point to do some hiking beyond into the back country too. On the walk back on the west shore you can see Mt. Dana in the distance. Great little day hike with awesome views all around.

hiking
8 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.

Just for the updated information, we went there today and the general store and water taxi business are closed. There is a sign said for sale. Sad. But we did walk the trail around lake which is absolutely stunning.

8 months ago

Great hike with more of alpine feel to it.

on Virginia Lakes Trail

8 months ago

great trail!

Steep, but not too difficult since it's so short (easier if you start early for shade). Lake is in a nice meadow. About halfway point for Tioga Peak.

Relatively easy, with great views at the end. The lakes and surrounding mountains look like a scene from the Swiss alps. Lots of pikas and mosquitoes at the lake.

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.

8 months ago

Easy and quick summit. If you're doing the loop suggested here, it is easy to lose the trail if you're going clockwise past the lake. When in doubt, go up. A little slippery, but manageable with hiking poles.

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