Guidebook

5 Hikes to Scenic Alpine Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin

With a name like “Mammoth Lakes,” it’s no surprise that this region is chock-full of drop-dead-gorgeous alpine lakes.

Greg Heil

Description

One of the best ways to view the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains is from the shores of a crystal-clear alpine lake with a snack and cold beverage in hand. With a name like “Mammoth Lakes,” it’s no surprise that this region is chock-full of drop-dead-gorgeous alpine lakes.

It seems like every one of the glacier-carved valleys in this region is home to one (or more) of these idyllic lakes. This huge number of lake options provides a wide range of hike difficulties. If you’d prefer a quick one-mile jaunt to a scenic view, try Heart Lake or Emerald Lake. Or if you’d prefer all-day affair that could just as easily be turned into an overnight backpacking trip, try Duck Lake on for size.

No matter the flavor of hike you’re looking for, you’ll find the perfect alpine lake hike in this guidebook!

Sources:
https://www.visitmammoth.com/blogs/3-trailheads-hikes-amazing-alpine-lakes-mammoth-lakes-basin

Crystal Lake
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Crystal Lake

1 - 2 hrs
4.0 km
241 m
241 m
A truly stunning alpine lake vista!
Difficult
Private
Duck Pass and Duck Lake
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Duck Pass and Duck Lake

3 - 4 hrs
14.9 km
671 m
671 m
A popular out-and-back with incredible alpine views.
Difficult
Private
Heart Lake
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Heart Lake

0 - 1 hrs
3.4 km
149 m
149 m
A superb bang-for-your-buck lake hike.
Moderate
Private
Emerald Lake
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Emerald Lake

0 - 1 hrs
2.5 km
113 m
113 m
A quick hike to Emerald Lake with the option to continue on to Skelton Lake
Easy
Private
Horseshoe Lake Loop
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Horseshoe Lake Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.5 km
46 m
50 m
A very easy hike with gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Easy
Private