Minaret Falls Trail

Lake Mary, California

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What this hike doesn’t boast in grandiose views, it makes up for with a level, pine-shaded route between the backside of the western Sierra slopes and the prominent Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. The trail leads you to the base of the surprisingly underrated Minaret Falls and the opportunity to hike along one of the country’s most famous trails, the Pacific Crest. Watch for national monument–posted regulations in the initial stretch of this hike, where pooch must be leashed from time to time. These brief interruptions to his sprints of wild abandon are good opportunities to practice recall drills and will make off-leash romping farther along the hike even sweeter.

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"What this hike doesn’t boast in grandiose views, it makes up for with a level, pine-shaded route between the backside of the western Sierra slopes and the prominent Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. The trail leads you to the base of the surprisingly underrated Minaret Falls and the opportunity to hike along one of the country’s most famous trails, the Pacific Crest. Watch for national monument–posted regulations in the initial stretch of this hike, where pooch must be leashed from time to time. These brief interruptions to his sprints of wild abandon are good opportunities to practice recall drills and will make off-leash romping farther along the hike even sweeter."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Mary
Distance: 2.72
Elevation Gain: 141 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Summer, fall
Trailhead Elevation: 7,575 feet
Top Elevation: 7,691 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth Mountain

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