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

I did this trail back in 2014 as part of a semi-loop. Day one was the trailhead to what is marked as Moore Boys Camp on the USGS topo map (pretty much a meadow with two square depressions lined with stones where cabins used to be).

The second day was from there to Crown Lake (one of the best views was when the trail broke the 10,400 ft contour line on the topo map and rounded a corner with an excellent view of the crest of the Sierras in the distance, before the trail began descending to Crown Pass and Crown Lake).

The third day is where we differed from the trail description and started to make this a loop; we followed the trail south to the outlet of Crown Lake, and the outlet joined Scepter Creek. The trail goes south for a bit until it hits a trail junction. The left trail continues south, going towards Crown Valley. The right trail junction heads towards Chuck Pass, and we took this trail over Chuck Pass to a trail camp next to a meadow marked on the topo as Indian Springs.

The fourth day we continued westward on the trail to rejoin the trail as described about a half mile south of Moore Boys Camp. From here it was west and south back to the trailhead.

This was a leisurely trip (it was the first backpacking trip in a couple of years for my friend & I), but could probably be made into a two day trip with Crown Lake as the mid point and the trail I described as a way to change up the views a bit.

horseback riding
17 days ago

Yeee Haaw!

backpacking
22 days ago

Just attempted Graveyard Lakes from Edison this weekend. Made it through one water crossing...stopped at the second and just camped along Cold Creek. The force of the rapids would have been too dangerous to continue on. The trail crosses several more times, and we decided to try again in September. Lots of bear tracks and bear scat! Also, dozens of fallen trees. Had to bushwhack around several and find the trail on the other side.

backpacking
1 month ago

I agree with the two previous comments from several years ago! This trail felt longer than stated...it is definitely all uphill with lots of switchbacks. We didn't make it to the lake and complete the whole loop. About 6 miles in there are several rivers and waterfalls...according to the map the split to start the loop should be right around there and we couldn't find it. We kept going up the trail, past where the split should have been and still nothing! This was a beautiful place to stop and set up camp...but we're bummed we didn't make it to the lakes.
Lots and lots of water, fallen trees to climb across, river fishing etc... I have never seen so many waterfalls in one place! I'm wondering if this trail would be more passable later in the year when there is less flowing water.

We'll definitely be back to try it again! But prepared for a longer, more challenging hike.

camping
3 months ago

This is a great hike from Mono Campground. There are TALL rocks to sit on and jump off of. The lake is large but just small enough that you can swim across to the far side and jump off of Eagle Rock if you have balls of steel. There are lots of harmless little black snakes and fish. This lake is also known as Tule Lake because of all the reeds. So much wildlife, and very peaceful.

hiking
3 months ago

This place is like the veins of the earth. There are places to explore and swim here where no other humans have ever trodden. Some of the most beautiful scenery and peaceful feelings you will ever experience.

pretty challenging trail. easy to lose the trail which I did several times. combined a couple other trails to make a 29 mile loop

hiking
8 months ago

I did this as a day hike while staying at Mono Hot Springs in the beginning of October. The views were incredible and the lake is peacefully tucked underneath a stunning peak. The first 70% is very easy and the last 30% was a good challenge. I made it to the top in a little under two hours moving fairly quickly and about an hour and a half on the way down.

Plenty of water along the water for you to filter. The water in the lake is of course freezing but definitely worth a dip on a warm day.

Please remember to leave a little extra room in your bag to pick up trash people left behind. I was shocked to find garbage sitting along the lake.

My dog absolutely loved the trail!

hiking
8 months ago

A medium-plus difficulty hike. The first 4 miles are either flat or very moderate slope, The more challenging climb arrives towards the end, but you get rewarded by a great view of the lake upstairs.
I circled the lake clock wise direction , at first I had to walk on boulders , but later the trail was clear.
I did the hike on 01-OCT-2017 , there was no one there besides me, felt as if I was the last man on earth.
The entire hike took me about 5 hours including a long lunch break at the lake.
At the end , I also went to inspect Edison lake at the bottom.

Note1: one of the challenges of the hike is simply getting there, the Kaiser pass road is a one lane rough road full of holes where you cant do more than 15 mph - you get back ache , nausea and pray no truck comes ahead in the curves and blind spots :-).
Note2: If you are already in the area , it's worthwhile making a stop at Mono hot springs - the best one there is "Old Pedro" which is the warmest. Kind of a relaxing compensation for a long walk.

9 months ago

Driving up after Kaiser pass rd, is 11 miles on a one way sometimes very narrow road. We parked near the wooden bridge,but found out on the way back there is day parking in the Mono Springs resort area which was closer to the trail head. Trail head was not marked but there were signs along the way. Doris lake was beautiful. There was one other person there on a Sunday afternoon.

backpacking
9 months ago

Did this hike over Labor Day weekend 2017. It was a beautifully sunny day with a few moments towards the afternoon of quick thunderstorms. Majority of the hike is fairly easy. The last 1/3 gets steep and rough, but well worth it. I did this hike with my Lab and about a 30lb backpack. Most of the trek is shaded by trees and there is a meadow to your left about 1/3 the way in. Don't miss it... the lake "Devils Bathtub" is the highlight of the journey. Beautiful place to relax, picnic, fish, swim, whatever your fancy. I would definitely recommend this hike.

backpacking
9 months ago

This was a beautiful hike! starts out easy, and then at the tail end the incline sneaks up on you to bring it to a moderately difficult hike, but well worth the extra cardio once you get to the lake. Make sure to check weather, as midday thunder/rain storms are common in this high of country. We were rained on for a few hours, but it cleared up to reveal beautiful weather! Mosquitoes are BAD. Recommend to layer up, and use bug repellent to be able to stand a chance.
Can be done in a day if you are an active person who does cardio/hikes semi regularly. May not be as enjoyable if you try to do it in one day without being prepared for the cardio. Passed a few fisherman and they all said they got great catches. Next time I'll be taking a pole!

An amazing hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Went on a week day for lunch so there were not too many people.. Not as warm as one would hope but I swim in every lake I meet. Fun place to jump off cliffs.

hiking
10 months ago

Given the altitude challenge. My bestfriend and I recently completed this trail and then went on to conquer Graveyard peak itself. Keep in mind this is an active stock trail and we were passed by several groups of horses. There was also a large amount of horse dung directly on the trail, which added to the already large amount of flies and mosquitos. As soon as you clear the first meadow the trail picks up altitude pretty quickly and somewhat levels off about halfway through. You have to cross a fairly strong current in one of the streams (This marks the halfway mark) and then the last push is a 800ft climb via switchbacks before you make it to the lakes. Graveyard Peak is an additional 1100 feet which puts you right at 10,700 feet! I would only recommend this for the most athletic and able-bodied. We are both in either our mid or late 20's and we both had to struggle to conquer the summit. Overall this is a great trail with some world class views rivaling that of Yosemite Valley in my own opinion. Just be sure and remember the bug spray, and reapply it often!

backpacking
10 months ago

Water crossings but runoff has slowed down.
Fishing is good all along trail. Wild flowers everywhere.
Ice in the upper lakes in Mid July.
I'll be back.

10 months ago

Beautiful and refreshing Lake. Trail not super clear in spots so pay attention but well worth the short walk to this gorgeous spot.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

some of the best swimming holes I've ever seen.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Easy trail. Lots of water crossings so be prepared.

Probably my most favorite backpacking trip I've ever been on. I'm so happy we made this trip a 2-nighter because we really got to enjoy a full day at the springs and got some major rest and relaxation in. We started the trip late in the day so we set up camp probably an hour or so from the springs. Next morning made to the springs and spent the day there. There are some very nice camp spots, and springs are scattered all over so it is quite the adventure trying to find them. We went before the historically wet 2017 winter started, but didn't have any problems with lack of water, but most importantly NO MOSQUITOS! I did this trip with a first time backpacker who was pretty well conditioned at hiking, the trip is challenging but not difficult. Just make sure you're prepared, the destination is worth it!

Hiked to Woodchuck Lake the first night after deciding counterclockwise was best for my time crunch with the sun. The portion after Woodchuck Lake was overgrown with vegetation and followed along the side of the trench. Upwards towards Crown Pass was a bit disorientating and keeping a good eye out for stone totems was a must. A view of the Sierras left me in awe as I sat for a light snack. The traverse down was a few simple switchbacks leading to a meadow and the edge of Crown Lake. After a small nap and some food at Crown Lake I decided to hike the rest of the loop in a timely fashion. The trail gets a bit distorted from pine cones and brush until back to the original trailhead.

backpacking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's becoming more crowded that a couple years ago sadly. Still a great spot with a gorgeous payoff at the top. Be aware no campfires near the lake.

Incredible, sweeping views of Fish Creek valley and the granite sky scrapers surrounding it. We were blown away at how scenic the trail was and how diverse the terrain was. The hot springs are a very special place, I advise going as high as you can, the camp spot we found was 75 feet from 3 amazing hot springs that offer a full view of the valley.

I would only recommend trying this in 2 days if you are an experienced hiker and acclimated to the altitude. Take your time and do it right, start early in the morning the 1st and 3rd day as long stretches of the trail are pretty exposed.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Great weekend backpacking trip. Definitely secluded on the north side of the lake.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

So I see that they ha e this a moderate hike not true if difficult the last 2 miles

backpacking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Did 5 days at Devils Bathtub, amazing trip.

camping
Thursday, May 05, 2016

great trail to hike, camp, and fish. one of the nicest lakes I've hiked to.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Great trail, some water crossings, lots of fishing along the trail

backpacking
Monday, June 29, 2015

This trail is beyond amazing and highly recommended for a weekend trip or a couple days. My father actually proposed to my mother here so it a special place for my family. :)

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