Rock Creek to Long Lake

Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

Rock Creek to Long Lake

Rock Creek to Long Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This short but memorable hike begins at the highest trailhead in the Sierra, passing 5 timberline lakes brimming with hungry trout and set beneath 13,000-foot crags. The hike through Little Lakes Valley follows an old double track that once was the primary access to the Pine Creek tungsten mines. It makes an excellent day hike, especially for people staying at one of the campgrounds on Rock Creek, and for those who are interested in a chance to stretch their legs and do some backcountry fishing."

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Beautiful views abound and the hike is pleasant and fairly easy. This trail is good for children and dogs and highly recommended for all skill levels, even though there are a few minor climbs. In June and July the trail may still have some snow and ice at some points, as well as snow near the mouth of Long Lake. The hike begins by ascending on gentle grades along the west side of Rock Creek. The grade steepens a bit as the trail climbs a small hill above Mack Lake. The lake is sweetly tucked below the trail in a gully but is a little difficult to see from the trail. Soon the views will open up and the sights of the high granite peaks are absolutely wonderful: Mt. Morgan, Pyramid Peak, Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Abbot, Mt. Dade, and Mt. Starr. The trail will then wander through a gentle rolling landscape of meadows and scattered pine forest as the views keep getting more and more stunning. Before finally reaching the picturesque Long Lake, there are lovely views of the glistening waters of Heart lake and Box Lake. Keep in mind that while the 2 mile trek to Long Lake is not a difficult one, this is still a high altitude hike - over 10,000 ft. - and it can often be felt in the head and lungs. This is a serene, rewarding little adventure.

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Trail Information

Mammoth Lakes
Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day Hike
Best July through mid-October
Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness
Local Contacts
Inyo National Forest map; John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia - Kings Canyon Wilderness map; USGS Mount Morgan, Mount Abbott
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018