High Sierra suggestions

A few of the fabulous hikes in the High Sierra Nevada mountains. All distances are include both out and back.

June Lakes area (map)

  • Parker Lake trail
    • modern hiker, 3.6 mi, 646 ft gain
    • alltrails, 4.0 mi out-and-back, 600 ft gain
    • localhikes, 4.5 mi round trip, 600 ft gain
    • trails, 4.0 mi total, 600 ft gain
    • coertvonk, 3.7 mi, 1,083 ft gain, climbing to 8,400 ft
    • maps, unaware of trail
    • easy last-day hike, nice but well traveled
  • Thousand Island Lake loop

Mammoth Lakes area (map)

  • Sherwin Lakes trail
    • modern hiker, 5.2 mi, 900 ft gain
    • mammothtrails, 3.0 mi
    • alltrails, 3.4 mi out-and-back, 954 ft gain
    • trails, 4.9 mi total, 879 ft gain
    • lower elevation, forested
  • Valentine Lake trail
  • Laurel Lakes trail (Edith Lake, NWN of Lake Dorothy)
    • mammothtrails, 4.2 mi
    • trails, 10 mi total, 2,720 ft gain
    • SUV road to trail head; might be steep
  • Convict Lake Loop trail
  • Convict Creek trail
  • Convict Lake to Dorothy/Mildred Lake
    • grindtv, 7 mi one way, 2,300 ft gain
    • tricky trail
  • McGee Creek trail
  • Silver Divide Timberline
    • coertvonk, 36 mi, 12,140 ft gain
    • 9-day backpack
  • Lake George to Crystal Lake
    • calitrails, 3.3 mi, 700 ft gain
    • maps,  2.2 mi, 823 ft gain
    • the Lake Mary are is busy

Rock Creek area

  • Rock Creek Lake
  • Mosquito Flat to Ruby Lake
    • coertvonk, 4.0 mi round trip, 330 ft gain
    • trails, 4.2 mi total, 850 ft gain
    • maps, 4.4 mi, 886 ft gain, from 10,233 ft to 11,119 ft
    • as we all know
  • Mosquito Flat to Pioneer Basin
  • Little Lakes Valley to Chickenfoot Lake
    • alltrails, 7.7 mi out-and-back, 800 ft gain
    • trails, 6.6 mi, 500 ft gain
    • calitrails, 6 mi round trip, 500 ft gain
    • coertvonk, 2* 2.9 mi, 1,542 gain (seems wrong), max elevation 10,797 ft
    • maps, 5.4 mi, 561 ft gain, max elevation 10,722 ft
    • nice and slightly different
  • Little Lakes Valley to Treasury Lakes
    • coertvonk, 5.88 mi, 2,052 gain (seems wrong), max elevation 10,872 ft 
    • maps, 6.4 mi, 705 ft gain, max elevation 10,866 ft
    • seems doable with older kids

Bishop area (map1map2)

  • North Lake to Humphreys Basin
  • Sabrina Lake to Emerald Lake trail
    • modern hiker, 7.2 mi, 1,721 ft gain
    • seems nice, might be pushing it
  • Sabrina Lake to Midnight Lake
  • South Lake – Treasure Lakes
    • modern hiker, 5.3 mi, 1,465 ft gain
    • maps (section missing), 5.0 mi, 139 ft gain, max elevation 1,001 ft
    • seems nice for backpacking too
  • South Lake – Bishop Pass
  • South Lake – Dusy Basin
    • coertvonk, 13.7 mi, 4,068 ft gain
    • 2-day backpack
  • South Lake to Lake Florence

Independence area

Western Sierra Nevada area

  • Edison Lake to Graveyard Lake
    • coertvonk, 13.8 mi, 2477 ft gain
    • hard to reach the trail head
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