Cottonwood Lakes Trail
The Cottonwood Lakes Trail is an excellent route within Inyo National Forest. Primarily used as an overnight backpacking route, the trail can be completed in a day as long as you are willing to travel a fair distance. The route is also considered to be an excellent location to view wildlife.
View Cottonwood Lakes Trail on Map
- Map Data: ©OpenStreetMap
- Tiles: ©CyclOSM
Subscribe to our newsletter
Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers
Route Description for Cottonwood Lakes Trail
The Cottonwood Lakes Trail is long and possesses a fair amount of elevation incline. Rated as moderate, it is likely not appropriate for young children and those seeking a more casual hiking experience. We recommend wearing lots of sunscreen and a good hat to help protect you from the effects of the powerful alpine sun.
With your vehicle parked at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground, follow Cottonwood Lakes Trail as it makes its way northwest across steadily inclining terrain. The pathway will continue on its northwestern heading, travelling adjacent to some craggy terrain to its west. After crossing a creek, you will arrive at a junction within the trail. At the junction, continue on along the Cottonwood Lakes Trail, and continue to do so at the next three junctions.
At the fourth junction, take the New Army Pass Trail as it makes its way west adjacent to Cottonwood Creek. Keep along the New Army Pass Trail as it passes alongside both Cottonwood Lakes, and then circumnavigates Long Lake. Having completed your circumnavigation of Long Lake, simply backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.
Getting to the Cottonwood Lakes Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Cottonwood Lakes Trail is located at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead Campground.
Cottonwood Lakes Trail Elevation Graph
Weather ForecastCheck Area Weather
Cottonwood Lakes Trail Reviews
Add a comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.
- White Chief Canyon Trail
- Crystal Lake via Sawtooth Pass Trail
- Franklin Lakes Trail
- First Mosquito Lake Trail
- Eagle and Mosquito Lakes Hike
- Monarch Lakes Trail
- Cottonwood Lakes and Army Pass Trail
- Lone Pine Campground to Whitney Portal Trail
- Cirque Lake via Cottonwood Lakes Trail
- Jordan Hot Springs via Casa Vieja Trail
- Mount Whitney Portal to Lone Pine Lake Trail
- Mount Whitney Trail