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

Just hiked on 5-22-18 trail is in great condition right up until the final switchbacks start going up to valentine lake. There are none, because it’s covered in snow. The track goes straight up so bring your micro spikes and get ready. It’s tough but short. Lake is still mostly frozen. Incredible hike with so many highlights I could go on forever. Rained on me and my dog the whole way back with a hale storm thrown in to boot!

hiking
4 days ago

Just hiked it on 5-20-18 with my dog. There is clear trail for about 1/4 mile if your lucky enough to find that section. After that it’s pretty much snowpack the whole way. Lots of postholing. Snowshoes recommended. Pretty much guessing where the trail was and made plenty wrong turns. Ended up following some ski tracks and made it to Barney. All the lakes were still frozen and made for some gorgeous views. Skelton from above was by far my favorite view. Mid thaw, valley down below, mountains to the right, beautiful! The snow made it tough but well worth the effort. Got to watch some backcountry skiers come down one of the mountains above Barney too. Awesome!

backpacking
1 month ago

We actually made a loop hike from Agnew Meadows to Ediza, then stayed the next night at Minnaret Lake having hiked by Iceberg and Cecile. That off-trail section was a bit sketchy due to incline and tallus. However, the Minnarets presiding over all of those gorgeous lakes were breathtaking. Ediza L. to Minnaret L. is some of the most beautiful land in Ansel Adams Wilderness to me, and that is really saying something because there are many spectacular places there.

backpacking
3 months ago

Camped overnight at Barney.

fishing
4 months ago

Hiked this trail early October. Tough fishing at Duck Lake but awesome scenery.

I want to spread my ashes here. That's how beautiful it is.

One star because you suck at the internet?

Pretty solid hike with intermittent lovely views along the way. The first chunk is a grunt heading out of the parking area, with some excellent views of the lakes down in the valley basin. There are lots of day hikers in the first part of the hike, but it thins out later.

Headed toward Mammoth Pass you lose tree coverage it can get pretty hot in the sun. Again, there are nice views here. Then you move into long crank up to a bit over 11,000 feet. You lose the views for a while until you get to a point with a great view back down a rocky valley to the floor below.
The three lakes are nice. We had great luck fishing in the lower lake, but didn't see anything in the northern lake, where we camped. Ended up doing a day hike to the ridge looking back down to Lake Mary, which also gave some nice views.

backpacking
7 months ago

Completely breathtaking. Start at Agnew Meadows, snack at Shadow Lake, and have lunch at Ediza. Trail was easy to follow with good signage. Took about 9 hours round trip with many stops for photos, snacks, and a long lunch. My dog absolutely loved it as well. Stream crossing to get to Ediza Lake is difficult to find. There is a log crossing before the trail crossing. I crossed with the pup across some rocks a little before the trail crossing. You can continue along a bit of a bolder scramble (there is somewhat of a trail) and take some rocks across at the lake. Worth an overnight trip which I plan to do next time.

We went to purple lake it's beautiful fun hike however it's 10.5 there ! I recommend it!

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike. This trail has something for everyone. Great views, bluffs, waterfalls, lakes, you name it.

Beautiful! Gorgeous! Amazing! I could go on, but words don't describe how picturesque this hike was. The views at the top are breathtaking. Would highly recommend this trail to everyone.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was amazing! We started out at lake Mary hiked to Arrowhead lake, to Skelton lake, to Barney lake, and finally Duck lake. All lakes were beautiful and had some gorgeous views. Every lake offered something different with immense energy all around. The hiking was moderate with some climbing that was pretty steady, but in few places a little steepness. I would not recommend taking kids or elderly on this entire hike because it is long and can be exhausting. The hike is worth it all though. Be sure to check out every lake along the way!!!

Happy Trailing!!!!

Difficult stream crossing near the top of Convict Canyon in July, fascinating geological features. You can continue this from Lake Genevieve to Edith and Cloverleaf Lakes if you follow the inlet stream up about half a mile.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the best hikes in Mammoth Lakes. Three beautiful lakes even before getting to Duck Lake, which is exquisite. The final mile or so is a tougher climb over a rocky debris field from the decomposing peaks. You'll likely see patches of snow even late In the summer. There are beautiful views back toward Mammoth Mountain as you climb. A winner! The only downer is the horse and mile poop, it seems to be a favorite of Mammoth Stables also.

8 months ago

Such beautiful views especially around Duck Lake! One of the more beautiful hikes I've been on. Another bonus is you can drive to the trailhead as opposed to hikes in the valley, which requires you to take the sardine-like shuttle.

Solo hike from Agnew Meadow to Shadow Lake and then along the Shadow Creek Trail to just below Lake Ediza. The bridge to cross the creek below Ediza was non-existent. I kept going along a secondary trail but I couldn't find a place that I felt comfortable crossing the creek. It was getting late in the afternoon so I turned back. I did talk to folks who found a place to cross. The trail above Shadow Lake is absolutely beautiful and was a great place for lunch and wading in the creek.

backpacking
8 months ago

This is, by far, one of the best hikes/backpacking trips we have taken. We picked this trail because it was pet-friendly and not too far for the dog. We made it to Pika Lake in about 3 hours. There are plenty of places for the dogs to drink out of ponds and streams and lakes. Although it is uphill for most of the way out, it really wasn't that bad. We passed a lot of day hikers with dogs, trail runners and some
Horses. There are very few campsights at Duck Lake so we went to Pika Lake about a mile further. There are a lot of sights at Pika Lake, some near the water and some tucked away in the forest just up from the trail.

Incredible this is the must do hike in Mammoth Lakes.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail! With so much water this year even in September the lake was full, we encountered snow and many water features along the trail!

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. We arrived Sunday afternoon so it was moderately busy on the way up but we hardly saw people on our way back. It took us about 5 1/2-6 hours to complete but that included stopping for rest and photos and then a nice lunch once we reached the pass. There's no shortage of spectacular views along the way but make sure to continue past the first lake and up the rocky, switchbacks for the best view. Bring plenty of water, snacks and bug repellent. The elevation gets to about 10,800 feet so that's something to keep in mind, too.

backpacking
8 months ago

Magical hike with barely any foot traffic. The trail is all uphill to the lake (and conversely all downhill back to the trailhead). Tough hike but well worth the stunning views of the lake and the valley at the top of the trail. We brought our pup and spent the night by the lake. We went on Labor Day weekend and were pleasantly surprised at how quit the trail was...Only saw a handful of people each day. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a challenging day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

Beautiful hike! Long and worth it. Awesome trees and we saw a bald eagle fly over and land on a tree. Gorgeous!

This hike rivals those in Yosemite. Took us about 7 hours all said and done with a stop at Shadow for lunch and a stop at Ediza to take a dip in the lake (incredibly cold but so nice). Highly recommend. Hike isn't too difficult. The elevation gets you more than anything. Bring some mosquito repellent...i got chewed up...

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favorite Mammoth hikes. Mountains, Lakes, flowers .. everything. Pika is a hidden gem right next to Duck Lake. The trail to Pika is better than the Lake itself.

hiking
8 months ago

What an incredible hike! Broke in my new hiking boots on this trail.

Nice hike past two beautiful lakes. Mosquitoes were not too bothersome. You need to cross a stream to get to nice part of Valentine. Flowing to fast for my dog to make it ove

Views and solitude are your payback.

hiking
9 months ago

Well made switchbacks makes the climb easy

Go on to Pika and enjoy the solitude!!

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