Best trails in Lone Pine, California

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Looking for a great trail near Lone Pine, California? AllTrails has 48 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Kings Canyon National Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 24 hard trails in Lone Pine ranging from 6.5 to 237.2 miles and from 5,820 to 14,481 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Lone Pine, California
Top trails (48)
#1 - Mount Whitney Trail
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 22.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a long and strenuous out-and-back trek that summits Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The trail averages 550' of elevation gain per mile and features two designated campsites along the way, the generally uncrowded Outpost Camp (10,360'), which is situated in a nicely sheltered meadow beside some running streams, and the much more popular Trail Camp (12,039'), an exposed, rocky field at the base of the infamous "97 switchbacks." At 6 miles from the trailhead and the highest possible place to camp, Trail Camp is considered the best site to acclimate to the altitude for overnight hikers. It is also popular to hike Mt. Whitney out-and-back in one day, but given the rigor and the length of the trail, a very early start from about 2-4am is recommended, as well as significant prior training for the long day. From May-Oct., the trail is permit-only (apply to the lottery by Feb. 15) and requests far exceed available permits. Alternatively, try the daily lottery at the Lone Pine ranger station for last minute openings. Dogs are actually allowed on this trail up to Trail Crest (13,777'), but they may not be your best friend after the 97 switchbacks! Hiking poles are strongly recommended, as are multiple layers with at least one being wind- and waterproof, and definitely be prepared to purify or filter water along the way. The hike is strenuous, long, and the effects of the altitude can become intense (spend time acclimating before heading to the trail and be sure to eat / drink consistently throughout the day), but the rewards are a panoramic, jaw-dropping view that stretches as far as the eye can see, as well as the joy of having achieved a true hiking milestone. As far as trails go in the lower 48, this is one for the books! In Spring and into early Summer, expect snow and ice on the trail which makes for more technical conditions often requiring microspikes and potentially crampons and ice axes (with knowledge of how to use them.)Show more
#2 - Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
No permits required for hikers going no further than Lone Pine Lake. Day hikers going beyond require a day-use permit, obtained from the Mount Whitney Ranger Station in Lone Pine. Overnight hikers require a wilderness permit. Hikers bound for the top of Mount Whitney are controlled by a strict quota system and need to reserve a space far in advance. Fantastic views of Mount Whitney!Show more
#3 - Mount Muir via the Mount Whitney Trail
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 9 h 47 m
#4 - Mobius Arch Loop Trail
Alabama Hills Recreation Area
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
#5 - John Muir Trail
Yosemite National Park
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Length: 211 mi • Est. Multi-day
The John Muir Trail passes through some of the finest mountain scenery in the United States. Starting in Yosemite Valley and ending at Mount Whitney, it winds through the Sierra Nevada hitting Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. For more information visit: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/john-muir-trail/Show more
#6 - Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 7 h 42 m
This is an extremely difficult and dangerous mountaineering route to the summit of Mount Whitney. Only experienced climbers should attempt this route, and only under the right conditions. Beware of loose/falling rock and ice on the final sections. Route finding skills and comfort with exposure are a must; getting off route on the steep/exposed sections can be risky. Show more
#7 - Lone Pine Lake Trail to John Muir Trail
John Muir Wilderness
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 9 h 5 m
#8 - PCT: CA Section H - Crabtree Meadow to Tuolumne Meadow
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 188.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
#9 - Meysan Trail
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 6 h 42 m
#10 - Movie Road Trail
Alabama Hills Recreation Area
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Length: 17 mi • Est. 8 h 32 m
Over 400 movies have been filmed here! “Movie Road Self-Guided Tour” pamphlet can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce and Film History Museum in Lone Pine or as PDF online. A tough and gnarly road for a low clearance passenger vehicle, but doable with care to avoid rocks and potholes. Any car with clearance or 4wd will be fine.Show more
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