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    Gibbs Lake Trail

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    9.3 km
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    528 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Gibbs Lake Trail is a stunning route within Inyo National Forest that leads you through impressive mountain terrain before ending at the charming Gibbs Lake. An excellent place to view wildlife, GIbbs Lake Trail is rated as moderately difficult and is therefore perfect for intermediate hikers and families with older children.

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    Route Description for Gibbs Lake Trail

    The trailhead for Gibbs Lake Trail is located along an unpaved road, so we recommend having a vehicle with four-wheel drive and high clearance if you are planning on doing the route. Gibbs Lake Trail also possesses a fair amount of elevation incline in relation to its distance, so it is likely not appropriate for beginner hikers and families with young children.

    With your vehicle parked along Horse Meadows Road, follow 1N106 Bohler Canyon as it makes its way west adjacent to Upper Horse Meadow. The pathway will begin to veer to the southwest as it begins to incline in elevation rather steeply. After reaching a short plateau, the elevation will again begin to inline - albeit this time more gradually.

    Continuing on southwest, the trail will deliver you to Gibbs Lake, where you should take some time and enjoy the incredible sightlines. Once you have had an opportunity to take in the scenery, and perhaps stop for a picnic, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead, and your waiting vehicle.

    Getting to the Gibbs Lake Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Gibbs Lake Trail is located off of Horse Meadows Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Lower Lee Vining Campground

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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