Yost Lake Trail

June Lake, California

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In the Sierra, if there’s a view, a stream, or a lake, it’s worth the effort. The trail to Yost Lake has all three. Cross the refreshing creek on the rocks if water levels permit or cross the narrow log footbridge hovering a few feet above the plunging creek. Once over the adrenaline rush of the creek crossing, continue up the slope-side trail as it climbs gradually but steadily, alternating between exposed view sheds and cool, shaded glens.

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"In the Sierra, if there’s a view, a stream, or a lake, it’s worth the effort. The trail to Yost Lake has all three. Cross the refreshing creek on the rocks if water levels permit or cross the narrow log footbridge hovering a few feet above the plunging creek. Once over the adrenaline rush of the creek crossing, continue up the slope-side trail as it climbs gradually but steadily, alternating between exposed view sheds and cool, shaded glens."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: June Lake
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 1,790 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,300 feet
Top Elevation: 9,093 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, Lee Vining Ranger District, summer only; call Mammoth Lakes Ranger District, in the winter months
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth Mountain

Yost Lake Trail Reviews

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7/20/2008
It took us about 1.5 hours to get to the lake (with a ton of stopping to take pictures-- the array of wildflowers along the trail and creek is worth the hike alone) and less than 30 minutes to get back down. The "picnic boulder" (as described in the guide) is definitely a cool place to sit and relax. The hike was perfect for our two dogs and we all had a great time. Don't forget your bugspray, though!
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