McGee Creek Trail

Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

McGee Creek Trail

McGee Creek Trail Professional Guide

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"Brilliant displays of red, crimson, blue, and gold flowers contrasting with the blue-grays of the peaks that rise straight up from green meadows to the deep blue sky are the first clues of the visual euphoria awaiting those who hike in the McGee Creek Valley. The two destinations listed above are both worth a visit. Steelhead Lake is reached by a side trail off McGee Creek and is a great destination for anyone carrying a fishing pole. The second destination, Big McGee Lake, lies at the base of colorful Red and White Mountain and is fringed with delicate meadows. Expect lots of dust, horse deposits, and very hazardous creek crossings. The lower valley has little shade, so plan an early start to avoid the heat."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books)
Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
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"McGee Creek trailhead is a jumping-off point for a couple of arduous high-country lakes. But the first 3 moderately strenuous miles along the creek provide enough diversity, fun, and scenery for a leisurely half-day excursion with pooch. You cross an open, high-desert plain transitioning to aspen groves and meadows on the way to a lazy stretch of the creek tucked in a sunny gorge."

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Trail Information

Mammoth Lakes
Nearby City
2,280 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
8 hours
Mid-July through September
8,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,480 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; White Mountain Ranger Station and Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Convict Lake and Mt. Abbot
Local Maps

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