Convict Lake Loop Trail

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Very Easy
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4.0 km
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55 m
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Convict Lake Loop Trail is a beautiful route in Inyo National Forest. Short in distance and with little elevation gain, the Convict Lake Loop Trail is perfect for beginner hikers and families with young children. The route is also dog-friendly, so feel free you bring your furry friends along with you!

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Route Description for Convict Lake Loop Trail

As the Convict Lake Loop Trail is a popular route within Inyo National Forest, it can become rather crowded at certain times of the year. We therefore suggest starting the route earlier in the morning so as to avoid the midday crowds that often congregate.

The Convict Lake Loop Trail itself is incredibly straightforward. The trail travels around the shoreline of Convict Lake, and can be completed in either direction. The route intermittently travels along Convict Lake Road, before veering onto the designated trail. Having completed the circuit around the lake, you will arrive back at the parking lot, and your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the Convict Lake Loop Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Convict Lake Loop Trail is located off of Convict Lake Road.

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  • Backcountry Campground

    Convict Lake Campground

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  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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