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Laurel Lakes

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Location Mammoth Lakes, CA
Rating Moderate,
Length 4.9mi
Time 1hr

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One of our favorite trails to mountain lakes.

Climb to secluded, crystalclear mountain lakes at 10,000 ft. on the edge of John Muir Wilderness. Incredible views as you climb and look down from the top. Camp and fish at the lakes and along Laurel Creek as it flows the entire length of Laurel Canyon. Open to all motor vehicles. Popular hunting area in the fall. Wildflowers and great fall color. Can get busy on holiday weekends. Snow may block top of trail into July.


Trail Ratings Defined

Very rocky and narrow in places, but no major obstacles. Difficult to pass in spots so watch for vehicles ahead. Perfect trail for stock, aggressive, 4x4 SUVs and new drivers looking to take on more challenge. Very steep and narrow going down to lakes.






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(760) 924-5500Inyo N.F., Mammoth R.D.

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Submitted by Matthew
I would say that the trail is described accurately. This is a very rocky trail and a couple of spots have been bypassed. There are few spots for passing so go early. The section going down to the lake is a bit steep. I used 4 low and only used lockers for the climb back out from the lake. This run took about 50 minutes to get to the lake. Take some time and enjoy the surroundings while you are there. And don’t forget your camera! The Eastern Sierras are exceptionally beautiful.

Submitted by Mike K.
As of July 3rd, the upper part of the trail is still blocked by snow.


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