Classic High Sierra lake with amazing scenery, great camping and plenty of fishing.

The Laurel Lakes trip, just south of Mammoth Lakes, is a worthwhile day trip that can easily be made into a hiking/camping trip.

To get there, make your way to Laurel Lakes Rd via Sherwin Creek Rd either from Old Mammoth Rd or from the 395. The road to the lakes is not too bad initially but you'll either want to hike in the second half, or have a capable four wheel drive rig with a little more than average clearance. The views as you get closer to the lakes are quite spectacular.

Once you've reached the second lake, the bigger one, you'll be hard pressed not to be stunned by the breathtaking views. You can make your way down to the lakeside for some fishing, a quick brisk dip, or just to sit back and have a scenic lunch. One of the highlights is a small peninsula that juts out just enough to make you feel like you're in the middle of the lake. It has a very nice, flat grassy area that works as the perfect picnic or even camping spot.

The Forest Service website states that a John Muir Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips.

Pack List

  • Plan to hike or have a 4X4
  • Lunch
  • Wilderness Permit if you plan to camp
  • Fishing gear
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RT Distance 0 Miles
Elevation Gain 0 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Lake
Scenic

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