Horseshoe Lake Trail

Inyo National Forest, California

Elevation Gain336ft
Trailhead Elevation8,933ft
Elevation Min/Max8933/9009ft
Elevation Start/End8933/8933ft
Horseshoe Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Mammoth Lakes, California. It is within Inyo National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 8,933 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 336 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Lakes Basin Path.

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"This route offers views of backcountry peaks and a picturesque mountain lake—as well as picnic opportunities and some fun stream crossings—all in a ride that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, it’s a loop, which means you won’t repeat any terrain. This is one of those rides that justifies getting that mountain bike in the first place. The loop is on singletrack and pavement."

"Unless you’re a youngster or a true beginner with little singletrack riding experience, you may find this sweet loop so tame it’s downright boring. The loop is only 1.9 miles long and skirts the forested perimeter of lovely Horseshoe Lake, a pristine little lake sitting at 8,900 feet. Except for a short, steep, roller-coaster section near the beginning, the trail is level and composed of almost all singletrack trail. Technically, it’s mild and manageable by anyone with minimal bike handling skills. And so what if it’s all over too soon? Ride the loop again."

"The carbon dioxide phenomenon in this part of the lake’s basin doesn’t create a very pretty first impression of Horseshoe Lake. As you approach the parking lot and look to the right of Horseshoe Lake, the scenery is rather eerie. The gray, naked limbs of the tall pine trees clinging to the dusty slopes of Mammoth Pass are reminiscent of the kind of natural devastation you might expect after nuclear war. Although the carbon dioxide-damaged trees aren’t exactly eye candy, this a rare opportunity to witness up close the fascinating geological activity in this area and is just one of several reasons to hike here. Somehow that doesn’t seem to interfere with your dog’s enjoyment of the lake and trail."

"Easy, pleasant ride through forests and by a mountain lake."

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Trail Information

Inyo National Forest
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Inyo National Forest

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Jun 2018