Little Lakes Valley Trail to Morgan Pass

An easy run through a stunning glacier-carved valley.

Trail Running Easy

Distance
11 km
Ascent
379 m
Descent
378 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
14˚
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Little Lakes Valley Trail to Morgan Pass Map

Description

"A hike of Little Lakes Valley via Mosquito Flat makes for a quintessential Eastern Sierra outdoor experience,” writes Drew Robinson on TrailToPeak.com. In addition to hiking, the mellow grade and stunning scenery makes this trail ideal for an easy, scenic trail run too!

This out-and-back route passes a plethora of alpine lakes with numerous options for additional side options to even more lakes. The trail runs up the bottom of a glacier-carved valley and is ringed on all sides by gorgeous mountain peaks. Most notably, Mount Morgan towers overhead at 13,760 feet, Mount Starr at 12,835 feet, and the 13,730-foot Bear Creek Spire sits at the far end of the valley.

At 7 miles long, this run may seem lengthy to the uninitiated, but with a mere 1,200 feet of elevation gain, it’s actually very achievable for less fit runners. And since the route is an out-and-back, you can always choose when you turn around. If you’ve only run two miles in and you’re ready to turn around, that’s totally fine, because you’ll already have enjoyed some truly incredible views!

The route as mapped here turns around at the top of the low Morgan Pass, but you can choose to continue over the top of the pass to tack on more miles… and reach even more lakes.

The trail tread itself consists “mostly of singletrack with rocky patches and gradual elevation gain,” according to Robinson.

Sources: https://trailtopeak.com/2018/11/13/hiking-little-lakes-valley-trail-gem-lakes-via-mosquito-flat-bishop-ca/ https://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/little-lakes-valley-trail

Difficulty

Easy

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

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