Cottonwood Lakes

Lone Pine, California

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The 20-mile paved zigzag road up the side of the mountain to the trailhead looks intimidating from the valley floor, but don’t let that deter you from this hike. It’s everything that makes a dog happy—shade, meadows for frolicking, seasonal streams, and lakes.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

The 20-mile paved zigzag road up the side of the mountain to the trailhead looks intimidating from the valley floor, but don’t let that deter you from this hike. It’s everything that makes a dog happy—shade, meadows for frolicking, seasonal streams, and lakes.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lone Pine
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 10,054 feet
Top Elevation: 11,008 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, Mount Whitney Ranger Station, P.O. Box 8, Lone Pine 93545; (760) 876-6200. Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine; Intersection of US 395 and CA 136, 1 mile south of town; (760) 876-6200; fs.usda.gov/inyo.
Local Maps: USGS Cirque Peak; USFS Inyo National Forest; John Muir Wilderness; Golden Trout Wilderness; National Geographic Mount Whitney Trail Map; Tom Harrison Golden Trout Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Cottonwood Lakes

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