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    Emerald Lake Trail

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    2.7 km
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    120 m
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    Emerald Lake Trail

    Short in distance and with relatively little elevation incline, the Emerald Lake Trail is ideal for beginner hikers and families with young children. With great scenery that can be enjoyed throughout the route, and lots of opportunities for wildlife viewing, the Emerald Lake Trail is an excellent choice for your next hike in Inyo National Forest.

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    Route Description for Emerald Lake Trail

    Depending on the time of year you plan on the Emerald Lake Trail, the mosquitoes can be rather prolific, so you should prepare yourself accordingly. We recommend bringing lots of bug repellent with you and wearing long sleeves and pants if you plan to do the route in the springtime.

    Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the Emerald Lake Trail south as it crosses Coldwater Creek. The route will continue on its southern heading, inclining in elevation as it goes before once again crossing Coldwater Creek from the west. The Emerald lake Trail will begin to veer to the east as the elevation taper off. The route will then deliver you to beautiful Emerald Lake, where you should take some time to enjoy the scenery before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

    Getting to the Emerald Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Emerald Lake Trail is located off of Coldwater Creek Campground Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Coldwater Campground

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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