Lone Pine Lake Trail

Lone Pine, California 93545

Lone Pine Lake Trail

Lone Pine Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The hike to Lone Pine Lake, set in a natural cathedral of granite spires and peaks, is not only superlatively scenic but also an opportunity to hike along the historic, famous, and heavily traveled Mount Whitney Trail as it climbs 11 miles to the top of the highest peak in the Lower 48. Dogs are welcome on the first 2.8 miles to Lone Pine Lake before the trail transitions from Inyo National Forest to Kings Canyon National Park, where dogs are not allowed on trails."

Lone Pine Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Sunday afternoon hike with my friend to Lone Pine Lake. It was beautiful and the weather was perfect! When we started to get hot, there was a bit of drizzle in the air and the wind picked up a bit. Then it began to sprinkle a little just for a teaser. The sun poked out for a little while but then it started to hail!
On the way up I thought I was gonna die only twice but then the trail leveled off and I had these beautiful waterfalls as my reward with a wonderful resting spot to renew my energy for the next bit.
This hike was well worth it!
At Lone Pine Lake we met a family with 3 kids, 2 parents and 2 grandmas that made it which was very encouraging for the return trip to the trailhead at Whitney Portal.

Lone Pine Lake Trail Photos

Trail Information

Lone Pine
Nearby City
1,773 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Summer, fall
8,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,077 feet
Top Elevation
Inyo National Forest, Mount Whitney Ranger District; Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Langley, USGS Mount Whitney
Local Maps

Trail Log