San Joaquin Mountain Trail

June Lake, California

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San Joaquin Mountain is an overlooked summit in the Mammoth Lakes region. Most hikers and tourists line up to visit Devils Postpile, while this incredible spot goes relatively unnoticed. The dramatic peaks of the Minarets overshadow this lofty high point, taking the focus off it entirely, even though the summit is part of the ridgeline that connects Mammoth Mountain to June Lake. There are more prominent peaks along the skyline, but none provide San Joaquin’s easy access to high vistas and solitude. From the trail’s outset the jaw-dropping views begin; they only get better as the climb progresses.

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"San Joaquin Mountain is an overlooked summit in the Mammoth Lakes region. Most hikers and tourists line up to visit Devils Postpile, while this incredible spot goes relatively unnoticed. The dramatic peaks of the Minarets overshadow this lofty high point, taking the focus off it entirely, even though the summit is part of the ridgeline that connects Mammoth Mountain to June Lake. There are more prominent peaks along the skyline, but none provide San Joaquin’s easy access to high vistas and solitude. From the trail’s outset the jaw-dropping views begin; they only get better as the climb progresses."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: June Lake
Distance: 7.3
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Late spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 10,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,601 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth Mountain

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Jun 2018