Explore the most popular hiking 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.

A simple walk through some beautiful forest!! Devil's Postpile was too cool with a nice little shaded area to eat lunch before the rest of the hike to Rainbow Falls. The trail is very sandy and therefore can tire you out a bit so just pace yourself because, although not difficult, we met with a few older folks on the trail that didn't find it to be so easy -- if that's the case for you there are two spots to cut the hike short and head up to Reds Meadow Resort, and you'll still see some amazing sights! Myself, my wife, my 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son did great but we were certainly tired at the end! Rainbow Falls is breathtaking, a great reward at the end of the hike! Just save your strength since you have to then hike back up and out 1.3 miles to the resort and/or shuttle.

Nice trail. Hiked up with my wife and two kids, little guys is youngest at 6 years old, both kids did great. We added some mileage taking the Emerald Lake trail then going up and around to Skelton lake then back down past Arrowhead Lake -- 3 lakes in one!! I would highly recommend going this route to Skelton Lake. We just went and camped at Coldwater Campground June 2018 and it was gorgeous! Plenty of shade on the trail. Super fun and easy hike for beginners like us

Beautiful in June! Shuttle drops you off at .4mi from Devil’s Postpile. After that, it’s another 2 mi to Rainbow Falls. While its kid-friendly, the trail isn’t stroller-friendly. A jogging stroller is fine if you are comfortable exercising with one. There are many sunny spots, so make sure you’ve got a hat.

4 days ago

A super scenic hike and there wasn’t too much snow left on the trail. It’s easily passable but bring dry socks if you’re camping out!

Great day hike, took the Sherwin Lake trail, past Sherwin Lake, then to a small pond coming down from Valentine Lake, finally up to the actual Lake. There are two sets of switchbacks, early in the trail then on the top of the trail right before the lake. River coming down the lake is a great place to refuel water (we have a water filter pump). Just a little snow but not an issue. My GPS had us at 10.5 miles in and back with moderate altitude gain.

Amazing beautiful hike

Amazing hike, snow got us lost but when arrived to crystal lake the view was beautiful

Alpine lakes, shade, and a great view of the basin; what more do you need?

The trail does get unclear due to snow and runoff, but at now point is is dangerous or precarious. If you're unsure of the trail due to snow, or unclear demarcations then I'd suggest looking up hill a bit and seeing where the trail head continues and ladder up. You'll reconnect with the trail after 10-20 feet or so.


went june 5-6, 2018. tough hike with amazing views. be sure to call or check-in and ask about snow levels. the bridge is out so also ask about the water level in the creek. hike is well worth it.

one option is to just do the easy hike to where the bridge is out and enjoy the waterfall and rapids.

10 days ago

Just a really nice walk.

10 days ago

Very scenic hike with dramatic alpine scenery. Went yesterday up to the Duck lake pass - the upper part of the hike is sometimes under snow so had to hike around on talus. We were wearing our street shoes and managed to walk around most of the snow. No mosquitoes yet!

June 7, bridge at the back of the lake is out. Looks like a tree fell across it. you can still make it if you don't mind getting your feet wet.

Nice easy trail

14 days ago

Beautiful and gorgeous trail with a little bit of an incline with switch backs, gorgeous views on the way up and when you reach the lake it's absolutely stunning and serene, definitely don't miss this gem of a hike

A really great trail, easy for beginners as long as you're willing to take your time, stamina building for sure. Not too difficult of a grade but it definitely pushes you after a while. Loved it, the lakes were beautiful, and the way down is a breeze. The dogs loved it!

Beautiful trail but still a little early to complete the whole thing. Only made it to about Skelton Lake before the trail was too snowed in to continue with just hiking boots.

Beautiful lake. The flooded area with aspens at the far side of the lake actually felt kind of magical to wade through on a sunny day. Easy walk with big scenery, would come back for sure.

Nice easy walk around convict lake. There was some flooded areas and crossing logs and rocks from high water inflow into the lake.

18 days ago

Nice views around the lake. More road walking than I would have liked.

18 days ago

Did as part of a hike into Devil's Postpile and Rainbow falls. A little bit hard to follow trail on the way up due to snow. The trail seemed to deviate at the end from what was shown on the topo and https://www.mammothtrails.org/trail/21/mammoth-pass-trail
We ended up popping out by Red's Meadow Resort, not the campground. Ends up being slightly shorter than what was described on the Mammoth Trails website. Not much shade on the way down the hill to Red's Meadow Resort. Fill up water at the Red's Meadow Resort for the walk back up the hill!

18 days ago

Did this one June 2nd. Great hike with awesome views at the lake, perfect for a lunch / mid point refuel. A little bit of snow on the trail towards the top, but no hazard at all. My GPS clocked this at 10.5 miles and 2,300 ft of gain

18 days ago

Trail is 98% passable now. Boots only touched snow a handful of times and those patches were very small and easily passable

Pretty views, though it seems to be busy on the w/e. Bridge zing the creek (SW end of the lake) is out, so you will get wet feet. Keep an eye out for golden eagles.

5/29/18 0700hrs - hiking boots highly recommended. Still considerable snowpack on the southwest slope, especially around the bridges. Much nicer to walk on the beach than sticking to the trail.

Four stars for a beautiful lake with great snow ringed mountains. But less for no trail that I could see. Maybe high snow run-off covered up what will be a trail later in the season? Today the walk was either on the road or going near the lake through closed campgrounds. A very scenic road walk though.

23 days ago

Did this 5/27-28/18 and there was snow along the last 1/4 mile. We got hit with a little rain and sleet once we got to Lost Lake, but kept going once it died down a little. The switchbacks at the top were not visible, so we followed the footsteps in the snow along the stream made by previous hikers, which also meant a higher grade climb. With our pack weight, we would sometimes posthole or slip on the icy snow. We saw groups of day hikers having trouble navigating through the snow, also. It would likely help to have shoe chains next time. Once at the top, you have to cross the stream to get to a few good camp spots. Go higher up away from the lake to find some clearings. We found a good spot to camp about 150 feet up, with views of the surrounding mountains and even the town of Mammoth in the distance. We couldn't travel far parallel to the lake due to marshy ground and large boulders. The lake was partially frozen on top. At night we heard a choir of what may have been the endangered yellow-legged mountain frogs, which was cool. We only saw one other backpacker camping at the lake, and not many people coming up on our way back down. Also had cell phone reception at the lake. We started at the Valentine Lake trailhead, which is east of the Sherwin Lake trailhead, and is approximately 4.5 miles each way. This was a relatively short hike, but strenuous at the top with the snow.

See my review of May 26th hike on Skeleton Lake Trail. We tried to hike to Barney Lake but there was so much deep snow and we were not prepared so we stopped at Skeleton Lake.

25 days ago

Caution: The late-season snowpack has made this trail significantly more difficult and treacherous than would be typical.

I went up on Memorial Day weekend and the trail disappears into the snow approx. 25-30% of the way up. The official trail that leads to the junction with the Mammoth Crest Trail is completely snowbound and demarcation appears absent. The granite crest that divides the lake basin from the preceding climb has less snow cover, owing to decreased tree cover, but large drifts prevail once again around Crystal Lake.

Crystal Lake is about 90-95% frozen over.

The snowfields cover multiple areas of steep ascent that is passable, but one should seriously evaluate equipment, fitness, and Alpine experience before continuing up into the snow-covered terrain. The snow is navigable in waterproof hiking boots and with sturdy trekking poles, but studded footwear or snowshoes would still be helpful even this late into the season. Going up is strenuous, but the descent can be very dangerous. Absent a clear trail, many are descending across snowfields over steep slopes. The snow becomes slick as the day progresses, so special care should be practiced at the upper descent.

I don't regret this hike, and the very and relative solitude was marvelous. But it was far more difficult that I had initially planned, and I had to be mindful to stay within my limits. Once the snow melts and the trails crews can access the terrain, I expect the conditions to improve drastically. For now, tread very carefully.

Did this trail on 5/27/18, could only get part way because of the snow up on the mountain. Still really enjoyed and the views were gorgeous.

26 days ago

MUST have proper hiking shoes, poles and micro spikes!!! Tons of snow, it’s doable but only enjoyable with these pieces. We are avid hikers and had to turn around from the snow fields.

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