Golden Trout Lakes

Independence, California 93526

Golden Trout Lakes

Golden Trout Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The three lakes generally referred to as the Golden Trout Lakes (only the southernmost lake has the official name) provide fine destinations for either a pleasant day hike or an overnight backpack.

The lakes are cradled in talus-filled cirques just below the Sierra Crest in the shadow of Mount Gould and Dragon Peak. Very few trails allow hikers into such an austere alpine environment with so little effort."

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Trail Information

Independence
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.4
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Most of the trail is generally snow-free by early July, but the east-facing cirques that hold the lakes may cling to snow until mid-month. Wildflowers are best from mid-July to early August.
Season
Mount Whitney Ranger District
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Aug 2018