Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

on Virginia Lakes Trail

8 months ago

great trail!

Overall one of the best hikes we've ever done. Something new to see with every turn. Great views of Mount Conness, beautiful lakes, and snow-covered mountains. A few snow and river crossings in early September 2017. Minimal effort for maximum reward.

I did this hike aug 6 2017. It's a beautiful hike and the weather was great. Be prepared to get wet crossing some of the streams. There isn't a ferry by Saddlebag lake. This app was a big help with finding the trail.

backpacking
10 months ago

Spent 3 nights at Oneida Lake with a college roommate from 1973. Beautiful setting with excellent fishing for brook and raunbow trout. Explored the Lundy Mine, high above Oneida Lake. Come prepared for possible wind and wet trail.

We hiked the Twenty Lakes Basin Loop two days ago. We appeared to be the first people to attempt this hike this year, because 75% of the trail is still covered in snow and there were no other tracks. The hike was incredibly beautiful, but you absolutely need GPS and a trail map because so much of the trail is buried. We used the AllTrails app to keep ourselves near the trail when it was covered. We brought snowshoes, but we did not need them. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, because this hike is long and there is no shade. The boat is not running because Saddlebag Lake is still covered in ice, so plan on hiking from the parking lot. The first part of the hike (along Saddlebag Lake) is the toughest, because it is all loose shale or snow on a 30 degree slope. Once you get to the other side of Saddlebag Lake, the hike gets easier. We hiked back on the west side of Saddlebag Lake, which is much easier (and very different if you prefer loops to out and back trails), but also much longer. This hike was a challenge because of all of the snow, but it was amazing nonetheless.

This is a beautiful hike!

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice boat ride/taxi across the lake.
Dog friendly.
Spring flowers in late Summer.
We are planning a return trip in 2017. Photos from 2009:
https://flickr.com/photos/29498007@N05/sets/72157622467067148

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

This was a great hike for someone not used to high elevation. I live at 600 feet elevation and since this was pretty flat I had no trouble. And it's gorgeous!

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

This trail was rewarding at the end, when you get to beautiful Oneida lake. But the trek up to the lake is very monotonous at times. The trail is an old service road that is no longer used, and is full of loose rock ; it's very easy to sprain an ankle. The elevation gain is pretty much constant the whole way up, with very little flat spots to give you a break from the climbing. On the way up there is an abandoned lumber mill which is fun to look at. It gets very windy up at Oneida lake so bring a windbreaker even if it is warm outside.

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.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

"If you have just 1 day in the Lee Vining area, I highly recommend to go on this hike", - said one review I've read, and I most whole-heartedly agree.

The trail is very easy - it's almost level, so if you are feeling ok at high elevation, it will feel like a walk in a city park. The views, though, are so gorgeous, that no city part can match!

The loop is actually 8 miles, not 16, if you start from the Saddlebag Resort parking. And you can cut the trail in half by taking a ferry from there across the Saddlebag lake.

More photos of this incredible hike here: Twenty Lakes Basin (Lee Vining)
https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/twenty-lakes-basin-lee-vining/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tough to find the trail in spots but gorgeous overall!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great trail.

on Bennettville

hiking
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

backpacking
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.

hiking
Friday, October 12, 2012

Nice trail, and easy to get to lakes. Not super strenuous but steady incline. Was very cold and windy when we went so we didn't go too far since we had 4 1/2 year old and 17 mo old w/ us. Would like to do it again and go farther. We only made it to frog lakes.

hiking
Monday, October 01, 2012

Nice steady incline up to the lakes and great views from the top.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2011

Went and spent time to go above the lakes higher elevation could get to person

camping
Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This used to be our signature trip at Leave No Trace Adventures using East Lake as our first night of 5. This is from memory from a few years ago so please correct me where needed. Trail begins at Green Creek, first day is about 4 miles 1.2k or so elevation gain pretty easy but decent push with a six day load. Again less miles hiked on first day, a common theme in most our trips as we leave time for rest and enjoyment. Day two is a shade under 4 miles hiking past Hoover Lakes and camping at far end of Summit Lake at 10k+ elevation, no fires. Opportunities to bag an easy peak and relax. Day three finds us hiking down into and through Virgina Canyon towards back door of Yosemite. Meandering along the water and through fields of avalanched timber to camp at 7 miles beyond the river crossing at the horse camp if available. You can also choose the extra 2 miles uphill :-) to the lower McCabe lakes if exiting via 20 Lakes Basin as we do. The last one or two days leaves you with an off trail trek of less than 2 miles as you follow the creek up to upper McCabe Lake. You can camp for the night or continue off trail up to Shepherds Crest and out via the cairn trail to 20 Lakes Basin and the boat ride back across the lake to shuttle back to the cars! Most clients always remark at how different each day seems geologically and visually. Plus the off trail finish via Shepherds Crest for most novice hikers is a thrill and an accomplishment by this stage of the trip. I'd say for the properly prepared and conditioned it's mostly a moderate hike at this pace with a bit of demanding for fun. Hope this helps and remember, leave no trace.

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