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.
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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.
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