Explore the most popular fishing 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.

Gorgeous views especially in fall with all the colors.
Great easy hike for dogs

Easy and fun hike that provides ample fall colors! The further you hike, the prettier it gets! Make sure to bring enough water and a headlamp if you plan on doing the whole hike!

I really enjoyed this hike! Offered a decent level of physical challenge, while also affording some better than average scenery! Very easily found the trail head and experienced no difficulty to Valentine Lake. Do be warned though, those with less-than a decent level of fitness may struggle to cope with the elevation and elevation gain

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12 days ago

Wonderful trail. Did Lake Mary loop, went to Lake George and than continued to Cristal Lake. All in all, 10km of amazing views. Physical not to much demanding but not very easy as well.

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14 days ago

good hike, go to mammoth Crest for great views, then finish up at crystal lake for lunch

beautiful fall colors today, good hike to river, not too strenuous to bridge over river

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16 days ago

Snow topped crest and fall colors, gorgeous combo. Trail is easy for the fit, moderate for us moderately fit and difficult for the unfit. Lake was blustery today but the views coming down of Horseshoe Lake, Twin Lakes, Lake George, Lake Mary and possibly Lake Maime were awesome, the vistas incredible. Trail is well marked and in great shape. If headed to Mammoth Crest the view was obstructed by clouds and 3-4 inches of snow.

one of the most amazing breathtaking hikes ive been on. short but worth every step.

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22 days ago

Great short hike with amazing views. Trail crew was working on the trail. The trail was in good shape except the part the were working on.

Easy hike with beautiful views!
But you do not really need to go anywhere from the parking lot to see the most beautiful view

Easy and enjoyable trail along the lake. Parked at the Marina and took the walk around the lake as I waited for sunset. Small stream at the back of the lake where you take a boardwalk over it. I started on the right of the Marina and went counter clockwise. Be sure to stop and look back every now and again because the views really look differently from a different angle.

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1 month ago

Short hike, but with a steady uphill climb. The trail itself wasn't terribly challenging, but the higher elevation made breathing a little more of a struggle. Fantastic hike to start off your day, with great views of the lakes below and Crystal Lake did not disappoint. Most of the hikers I saw stopped at the beginning of the lake, but the trail around to the back was easy, pretty and leads to a big sandy beach which was a great stop to relax and take in the views.

Nice easy walk around the lake. We didn't run into too many people. It was nice and peaceful.

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Steep and challenging on the way up but I stopped and really took it all in along the way. Steep to start and after about 45 minutes-hour you get to Sherwin Lake, I didn’t stay here long but it is quite lovely. At some point you will walk through a grove of Redwoods, aside from the lake itself I think this was my favorite part. After that you hit a few streams. One of the pools from the streams definitely has some thermo activity, light bubbling coming up through the ice cold water. I stuck my hand in and it felt warm by the bubbles. So rad!
When you get to the steep river you hit some steep switchbacks and then you finally come out to a scenery like you’ve never experienced. Valentine Lake was picture perfect. I hiked on a hot day so since I was alone I ditched the clothing and jumped in.... and then right out since the water is ice cold. But if weather permits then I still strongly suggest it.

So this hike. Do it!
Leave no trace please <3

beautiful walk around Convict Lake...the altitude makes it a bit harder to do but take your time and enjoy the spectacular scenery and you'll not regret choosing this trail...

hiking
1 month ago

I would not call this an easy hike like others mention. My Garmin 5X Plus had me at 10,759 feet above sea level at the highest, so the elevation makes this a moderate hike for sure. I ran into several people that turned around. Hike begins at Lake George and you go up and up to the destination to the side of the peak above Lake George called Crystal Crag. Lots of switchbacks and shade help the trip up until you descend down to beautiful Crystal lake. Nice views of lake George and lake Mary from above. Great hike that will get your heart pumping.

So pretty! The hike starts out of McGee Creek parking lot. It’s gradual no shade until you start to incline. The trail can take you pass several lakes, depending how long you would like to hike. We did 9 miles. The higher you go up the more amazing it gets. We have a 31 foot RV and was able to park at the lot, just pulled up the middle spots. There are nice restrooms at the parking lot as well.

Dog friendly and awesome views.

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1 month ago

Fairly easy to do! Took less than 2 hours to do with my dog but added an extra hour to hang out by the lake and walk around it. It can get crowded so prepare for lots of people but otherwise a beautiful hike!

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1 month ago

Pictures of this trail started my love affair with hiking/backpacking! I finally hiked it last year and it was a dream come true! Even more beautiful than the photos!

Great short day hike with lots of awesome views! Dog friendly too.

Did this trail couple weeks ago and I loved it. very easy and just gorgeous views. The water is just so clear.

Great easy hike in winter. Having cross country skis to get from the road closure to the trailhead would be helpful, but you can also walk the couple miles to the start.

hiking
2 months ago

So easy a fat guy can do it. The hike up is a near constant incline but not very steep. With frequent breaks we made it to the lake with our 7 year old, 15 year old, and 2 adults. The lake itself is very pretty and we enjoyed resting our legs by the water and eating some snacks before making our way back down.

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2 months ago

Nice short hike to lake sherwin and back. Took about 1.5 hrs out with some short stops and 50mins return.... downhill.

very nice trail

Maybe I was having an "off" hike. I found this trail to be very difficult to follow. I got to a point of the trail where the only option to go would have been to scale a very sandy and steep hill, I would've taken that route had I not been with my 60 lb dog. If that was the true route to go, I would not call this trail a dog-safe trail. Unfortunately we had to turn around.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, but steep hike to a very pleasant lake. I would rate this as hard due to the steep grade. The lake itself is wonderful - a lot of people were swimming in the lake during my visit.

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2 months ago

Amazing Views of Lake Mary, Lake George and at the end the lovely Lake Crystal.
This is a moderate hike with some great elevations, so if you are a beginner then consider this a hard hike ( not for distance , but only because of elevation and lots of curves )

Gorgeous hike! Pretty easy. The back area is no longer flooded. Just had to cross one little stream. We even saw a couple of dear.

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