Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Finding the trailhead was a little difficult. Drive past Vermillion Valley Resort and then signs will pop up for the trailhead. Well marked trail with a beautiful end point. In mid October it was really windy and cold on a sunny day with a predicted temp of 60 degrees. I would say it was closer to 40-50 with the wind chill so we weren't able to swim. It took us about 3.5 hours up and 2.5 hours down. About 3 miles into the hike, there is flatter ground to the right of the trail where there is a beautiful view of Edison and the surrounding mountains and valley. The view was just as beautiful if not more beautiful than the Devils Bathtub.

This is an excellent trail. It's very strenuous, but the scenery is amazing and the trail is very well maintained and marked. I never had a problem losing the trail. The actual hot springs are hard to find, and are considerably off the trail. Make sure you have the AllTrails app downloaded on your phone and you can find them from people’s recordings.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail if you are looking for something short and not to hard . The view from the lake is well worth the trip .

hiking
1 month ago

I just hiked this trail. Was amazing! For sure worth the hike! We went a different way up. Less of an incline. But then the last section was pretty brutal. Some secrets were found along the way. Guess you will have to do the hike! We hiked a total of around 25 Miles with the exploring and 8 in 7 out that it took us.

backpacking
2 months ago

I hiked to Graveyard Lakes from Devil’s Bathtub. This is around 8 miles and took about it 4.5 hours with a full pack. The scenery is beautiful, the creeks are amazing and te trails are well marked. The water crossing were easy in mid August but I bet they could be really difficult earlier in the year. I camped at Lower Graveyard Lake and it was beautiful. There are several campaigns. I also caught what I think might have been a Golden Trout or a hybrid Golden/Rainbow (white markings on the tail and other fins). The hike is pretty standard for backpackers and the lakes are another beautiful high mountain lake. It rained for a short time in the afternoon but temperature never got below 48 degrees at night.

backpacking
2 months ago

Devil’s Bathtub is a beautiful lake surrounded by some amazing peaks. The 4.4 mike hike up is mostly easy thought there is over a 1,000 feet elevation gain and it’s lost difficult at the end. The trails are well marked and the hike is beautiful. It took me about 2.5 hours with a full pack to get up there. There are plenty of fish in the lake if you’re into it. I did get hailed and rained on in the afternoon (mid August trip) but that happens in the sierras and it cleared up after. There are several good camping spots around the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful trail.

There was a group of us girls backpacking it. It took us roughly 6 hours up and 2.5 down. You will see wild strawberries, which you can eat and of course lots of poison oak so be careful and dont stray off the trail.

the last portion is a big of a challenge, as it is steep.

we drank from the stream, fished at night and talked to the rangers.

it was well worth the hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Not a very scenic walk, after the two water crossings the trail is kinda confusing going up with all the water trails from snow melt, 3 river crossings first and last are cake, second one is really really rocky and difficult to keep footing, I suggest getting trekking poles or using a big piece of wood for a third point of contact to keep your balance. lots of downed trees in the way but I didn't have any trouble going around or over them along as you got the gps since there's a lot of deer trails and water trails. The graveyard lakes you only really get to see the one unless you go around or scramble over rocks. the lake itself is beautiful tho.

2 months ago

WARNING: Was lost for 1 hour on the way back from Dorris Lake.**

This lake is not also known as Tule Lake. This is Dorris Lake. Tule Lake is 1.7 miles North West of Dorris Lake. I visited both lakes for the first time, and they are both spectacular views no doubt.

**I must warn you, the paths are not clearly carved and some signs are falling apart. The trail head had an empty ranger post board, so do obtain a map of the trail at the shop/store at the Mono Hot Spring Resort. The map they provide seems straight forward but once youre on the actual hike, it will become more vague as there are several misleading forks the map does not have. I had also purchased a map from a ranger station prior which was a bit more helpful in determining the actual miles of the hike to both lakes.

The first sign is suppose to take you to Dorris Lake but the path will eventually lead to several diminishing paths. Starting around 2:30pm and Hiking with 3 other people, we picked the path that had the most traffic tracks. We ran into a few people on the trail that were going back to the resort, they all informed us they couldnt find Dorris Lake but found Tule Lake. This same path some how lead us to another sign describing a fork to Tule Lake and Edison Lake. Do NOT take the Edison Lake which it will not take you to Dorris Lake based on the map the ranger station provided. Continuing on what is now Tule Lake path we eventually reached Tule Lake. You will know its Tule Lake when you see fields of tall Tule stems and shortly after, a large lake neighboring 2 goregous rock formations on the far side of the Lake. If the Tules are high, there may not be any clearing into the lake. Do not continue forward on the path passed the lake because it does not take you around to the other side of the lake but further North to a new trail.

Leaving Tule Lake back where we came, we some how stumbled upon a sign we did not see which described a fork to Tule Lake and Dorris Lake. We took the Doris Lake path and ended there. You will know youre at Dorris Lake when you see a large lake embodied by 4 or 6 large rock formations surrounding the lake.

In August 2018, the sun sets around 8:30pm. We left Dorris Lake, at 6:30pm. We followed the same trail back we came. We thought heading back was a piece of cake but we were wrong. Following the only path that had signs of high traffic, we came to an odd clearing intersecting 4 paths. Each path lead to more diminishing paths further down. As the sun does down, the paths begin to look different. Im not an expert tracker but be very careful not to take any path that may have been carved by animals. Even though we saw cigarette buds, trash, and a lost slipper on a couple of paths neither of them lead to what looked like a real promising path. We had to admit we were lost. We been testing each path and circling back to the clearing intersecting point for an hour. 8:00pm came and we only had 15mins of sun light left. Luckily my gf got her GPS on her phone working and used it pin point our exact location and compass our direction. Remember to always travel South and down hill as Mono Hot Springs Resort is approximately South of Dorris Lake and at a lower elevation. We ended up scaling a steep cliff side and landed into a party of tents that were shocked and surprised to see us. We ended a little ways off the main trail head, but definitely in an area we did not expect.

I hope this information was helpful. We only packed for an easy day hike, so we actually ran out of both food and water before we got lost. Always be prepared for the worse and never give up. Best of Luck!

This is easily the best hike I have ever done! I took 2 and 1/2 days to get out there and get back into mammoth. I would cut out 3 days to do this hike if you can! There is also a river around mile 12 that doesn’t have a bridge or stepping stones so water shoes/ flip flops would be good to bring. I came out the red’s meadow direction because it’s not the big climb out that duck pass would be. The smoke was pretty bad from the Lion’s fire going out Red’s meadow but it’s better than making the climb out! If you’re a fisherman bring a pole with you, fish creek has TONS of fish.

Tried in vain to make it to Iva Bell in one day and had to break it up into a 2 day hike to the springs. We stopped for the first night after hiking 8 miles at a spot that unfortunately had many mosquitoes. Be ware of the river crossing at mile 12.8 of this hike as there is no log bridge nor stepping stones (that we could find). Our group had to take off our shoes, socks and pants to wade across the river and the water level got to groin deep with swiftly moving currents at some points. We ended up going out towards Reds Meadow on the way back and was much easier than going back up hill all the way to Duck lake. The view from the top of Duck pass towards Barney lake and Duck lake are breathtaking; however, if you are trying to get to Iva Bell I would suggest going out via Red's Meadow as it is shorter and at lower elevation.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike, last part is steep however the amazing view & refreshing water at the end makes it worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and nice area to camp once up top. The last mile was steep but other than that it is a relatively easy hike. The fishing was great, the trout seemed to enjoy lures and live worms. The only negative is the MOSQUITOES! I used repellent on my exposed skin but they bit through my thick hiking socks and also through tshirt and light jacket. I'm not sure what you can do to prevent them from attacking, but maybe more layers and also putting repellent on unexposed skin...Hike back easy and breakfast at Vermilion Valley Resort was great treat after a few days of hiking and backpacking.

hiking
4 months ago

Two great meadow views on the way up, couple of small water crossings to add a little excitement. The view across the bathtub is worthy of screen saver status and gives a great sense of accomplishment when you reach it. Took 6 hours on the way up with my 3 children (6,10,12) made many stops to rest and have lunch. Took 2 hours on the way back. Wanted to stop longer but the mosquitos at that time of day (6-8pm) were getting obnoxious so couldn't pause for more than 10 seconds without getting swarmed.

backpacking
4 months 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.

camping
7 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.

hiking
7 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. Highly recommended as a spur off of the PCT or JMT. Stay at the Mono Hot Springs resort instead of the crowded one that everyone stays at across the lake.

hiking
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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
Monday, October 02, 2017

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.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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
Friday, September 15, 2017

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
Monday, August 21, 2017

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!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

An amazing hike.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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
Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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!

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