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

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scenic driving
4 months ago

What a gem. Stunning, breathtaking, I had a such a great time enjoying the Sierras from this point of view (driving South). Don't miss a stop at Wild Willy's Hot Spring!!

hiking
4 months ago

I am all about interesting rock formations and the rocks are definitely neat, but I imagine this trail is far more interesting to climbers and if viewed from the bottom (much like waterfalls that still flow -- always more impressive from below!). I may have to go back and attempt viewing from below or after some serious rains to see if I get lucky like one other reviewer.

And I must say, it is rather interesting to imagine the life and water that once flowed through this valley.

scenic driving
6 months ago

One of the best views. I drive this route up to Mammoth.

walking
7 months ago

Pretty neat spot to stop and stretch your legs

Outstanding

10 months ago

Easy and fun. We had a 3 and 6 year old. There are some drop offs so you have to keep an eye on your kids, but they had a blast climbing in and out of all the lava flow holes! Great for a stop to stretch your legs and maybe have a picnic.

scenic driving
Saturday, November 04, 2017

I drove this last summer on a week trip to Sequoia-Kings and Yosemite National Park. I't quite the drive with the Sierra's on the West. Also drove to Whitney portal which was also a highlight

scenic driving
Friday, November 03, 2017

I drove the northern part of this scenic byway in the Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake area years ago. After exiting Yosemite at Tioga Pass, I explored this wonderful section before eventually traveling north to Reno and Lake Tahoe. I am hoping to get back to the region in the near future during a trip to Death Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing the middle and lower sections of the drive, with Mt. Whitney and the eastern slopes of the High Sierra abruptly rising up in front of me.

scenic driving
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another incredibly scenic stretch of U.S.highway that everyone should see at some point. Again, as before, surprised no one has reviewed this awesome drive. California 395 runs from the town of Hesperia California, to the town of Laurier in Washington state on the Canadian border. 1,305 miles total. But the stretch from Little Lakes, CA at an elevation of 3000', north to Bridgeport, CA, takes in the best of the Eastern Sierra. Peaks that are over 14,000' seem to rise right off the highway. The highest point in the lower 48 is Mt. Whitney which is right out of Lone Pine, CA. It is more than 10,750' higher than the elevation of the town, yet is only 13 miles away as the crow flies!! There are many small towns along this stretch that offer access to the Eastern Sierra high country. That's another entire story line. The first place one can cross the Sierra north of Little Lakes comes at the eastern entrance to Yosemite right before Lee Vining. There are no other roads across this range between here. North of Lee Vining the view tapers off a little, but it is still a nice drive beyond here. It is equally as nice doing this drive going south. You get to view more snow that way, as you will be looking at all the north sides of the peaks. Put this on your list of scenic drives if you haven't been here. You won't be disappointed.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

I love this trail so much! I stop by here every time I am on the 395 or heading up to Mammoth. It's is all dry in the summer (which I personally love). It makes for insanely cool desert landscape and the rocks get super hot. On the way to the falls area, there is a stand with a metal box and a book inside, where you can write your name, where you are from, what date you visited, and why you visited. On the way you will find signs that tell you the history of this old volcanic site and how the Owens River used to flow through it. You can climb in and out of the falls, at your own risk of course. It's super fun and highly recommended!

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

So beautiful! The old waterfalls as well as the surrounding scenery. We went in April so we God to see some wild flowers, so amazing. And fun to climb around on the rocks.
Took our dog and she had a blast as well!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

We got lucky to come right after a huge rain storm. Flooding in surrounding areas brought these falls back to life. This is apparently a very rare occurrence as the most people will see is a trickle and not a roaring falls. I know when I return it will be dry, but I plan to return in order to do rock climbing. Even if there is no water the slick black rocks make for a gorgeous view. If you're heading up 395, make the pit stop here. It's a short hike and worth the view, with or without water.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

we liked it. you can do it in 10 min just as a stop by

rock climbing
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

...dry. Very dry. Not what we thought we'd see but turned okay until we got tired of climbing the dry fall. Wouldn't pay for the gas to go back but if it was on the way I would consider another look.

hiking
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This is a wonderful little area. Worn and smooth rock faces have petroglyphs . I would love to be here during a rainstorm to see water flow over the impressive fall face.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

There are a lot of interesting things to explore around Fossil Falls! Follow the various dirt roads to new adventures.

hiking
Monday, December 16, 2013

Did this yesterday with a buddy and my 7 year old son. We had a blast!! Two free climbers told us of a cave that goes from the lowest section to the 2nd section. Plan on going back to hit that up without my lil man.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2012

such an amazing place to hike and see the most crazy amazing rocks made out of lava. check it out

on Fossil Falls Trail

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2011

I would always pass this up when driving the 395. It was late in the day and I was tired of driving so I stopped by. Glad I did neat place climbing down the upper section to the large precipice was fun.worth a stop if you want to stretch your legs a little.

walking
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Its a nice little stroll a little crowded at times since its right on a major highway, I think it should't be open to the public just for the reason it could get vandalized, because it is an awsome natural feature there are people that dont give a darn and just ruin it for everybody else. The little trail is in good condition though.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fun and exciting

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