The ultimate in SUV adventure roads. Challenging but not overwhelming with breathtaking scenery. Climb to secluded, crystal-clear mountain lakes near 10,000 feet and fish for brown and golden trout. Primitive, secluded camping along Laurel Creek in lower part of canyon. Great early-summer wildflowers and changing aspens in the fall. Trail is open to mountain bikers, hikers, ATVs and dirt bikes. A short and convenient drive from the town of Mammoth Lakes, a premier outdoor recreation destination.Located in Inyo National Forest. For current conditions call the Mammoth Ranger District at (760) 924-5500.
Moderate. Narrow, steep and rocky shelf road. Good visibility of road ahead allows you to anticipate when passing will be necessary. Suitable for all stock, high-clearance 4-wheel-drive SUVs. Snow may block upper portion of trail well into July.
We drove trail on 4th of July weekend and ran into a large Land Rover Club. Things got very congested when we were forced to stop at snow drifts before reaching the lake. It took quite a while for everyone to turn around. The trail shouldn’t take more than an hour to reach the lake under less-crowded conditions.
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