Bennettville Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.5 km
Elevation
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91 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Bennettville Trail is an easily accessible, family-friendly route within Inyo National Forest. The route takes you alongside charming creeks and picturesque lakes as it meanders through the imposing alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

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Route Description for Bennettville Trail

One main thing to know before taking on the family-friendly Bennettville Trail is that the mosquitoes swarm in numbers during spring. To avoid the discomfort caused by the pesky bugs, we recommend bringing lots of bug spray, and wearing both long sleeves and pants. Likewise, a good pair of hiking shoes are also recommended as sections of the trail are over uneven terrain.

Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the Bennettville Loop Trail as it makes its way northwest. Almost immediately you will reach a junction within the trail, where you are to stay on the Bennettville Loop Trail by following the westernmost pathway. The route will begin to veer northwards, inclining in elevation slightly as it goes.

The Bennettville Loop Trail will pass alongside the western shore of three lakes, before plateauing shortly, and heading west. The route will then veer sharply northwards, cross a creek and end at a picturesque vista just south of Shell Lake. Here, scenic views of the surrounding area can be enjoyed! Once you're ready, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead and your waiting vehicle along Tioga Pass Road.

Getting to the Bennettville Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Bennettville Trail is located off of Tioga Pass Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Tioga Lake Campground

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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