Moon Lake Trail

Bishop, California 93514

Moon Lake Trail

Moon Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Ascend to a high, lake-dotted plateau and find a small tent site to be your temporary home. The view from this new address is a showcase of nature’s best work. Creeks lace this area, tripping from lake to lake with spirited little waterfalls. All this scenery makes returning to a more permanent address rather difficult. Try to start your hike in the early morning to avoid the heat, which turns the lower portions of the trail into an oven by midday."

Moon Lake Trail Trip Reports

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon1 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
Moon Lake is the destination but the hike is the real adventure. The first part of the trail is up a very steep, exposed old mining road. You can see the old mine the entire trip up the switchbacks. You can also see a beautiful cascade tumbling down the long and steep hillside. Once you crest, you weave through forest and come upon the most unexpected, beautiful lake ever (Lower Pine Creek Lake). The trial here is slabs of very unique rock and very close to the water. When we were here there were numerous baby frogs about the size of quarters on the trail. The trail becomes a nice, gently sloped walk until you reach the junction with Honeymoon Lake (a really nice camping area). From there, you head up to Pine Creek Pass - a broad plateau which is beautiful on its own. As you head down into French Canyon you can see Royce Falls (really a cascade) which is a beautiful sight. Head back up on the south side of French Canyon to reach Moon Lake. We enjoyed lunch here but I'm glad we stayed overnight at Honeymoon instead. Very worth the trip!

Moon Lake Trail Photos

Show off your photography skills ... post your pics of this trail!

Trail Information

Nearby City
4,010 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–4 days
Mid-July through September
7,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,120 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; White Mountain Ranger Station and Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Mount Tom
Local Maps

Trail Log