Little Lakes Valley

Bishop, California 93512

Little Lakes Valley

Little Lakes Valley Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you want to access the incredible high elevation scenery and soaring alpine peaks of the Eastern High Sierra, Little Lakes Valley is hard to beat. Surrounded by a multitude of sheer peaks rising above 13,000 feet, Little Lakes Valley offers nearly level walking past a multitude of small, tranquil lakes that reflect the alpine grandeur all around you."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"You only need to walk a few feet up the Little Lakes Valley to see that this is a very special place. It is also one of the rare High Sierran hikes where it is not absolutely necessary to acclimate before you begin your trip, as the relatively low elevation gain makes it an ideal first hike at high elevation or a great weekend outing for the family."
Sierra South: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless, Analise Elliot, Chris Tirrell & Thomas Winnett
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"Because of its majestic scenery, moderate terrain, good fishing, and high alpine feel, the route through Little Lakes Valley is a favorite with hikers."

Little Lakes Valley Trip Reports

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3/9/2012
Amazingly beatiful. Perfect with kids (Didn't go all the way, headed back after heart lake). Best 4 miles round trip I have ever hiked so far.
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9/11/2009
Very beautiful and easy. A great introduction to new backpackers.
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6/23/2009
Beautiful trail high up in the Eastern Sierras. Gradually uphill, not too strenuous. You make your way past beautiful lakes and high alpine scenery, topping out at 11,155' at the top of Morgan Pass. Great out and back hike.
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8/4/2008
Great way to acclimate. This is a very easy trip with spectacular views. We camped at Chickenfoot lake. Not very private.. There must have been 8 other groups camped there. But, great views. Day hikes to Gem lakes and Morgan pass were interesting. Some great wild flower viewing, given the time of year.
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7/21/2007
This is a great trail, especially for novices. The scenery is gorgeous from the beginning and there is not much elevation gain. It does start around 10,000 feet, so altitude can be a problem for some, but the surrounding scenery is amazing. If you can camp past Chicken Foot Lake, you can avoid some of the crowds.
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Trail Information

Bishop
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
1,150 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-5 hours
Duration
July–September
Season
Waterfalls
Features
John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest
Local Contacts
Trail Map of the Mono Divide High Country by Tom Harrison Maps, USGS 7.5-min. Mount Abbot and Mount Morgan
Local Maps

Trail Log