Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-3h
Distance
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6.0 km
Elevation
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374 m
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The Great Serra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail is a stunning route that takes you through the breathtaking mountainous terrain of Inyo National Forest. Passing alongside two picturesque lakes before delivering you to an interesting abandoned mining complex, the route is ideal for intermediate hikers who are also interested in the history of resource extraction within the region.

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Route Description for Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail

The Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail’s length and elevation incline make it likely not appropriate for beginner hikers and those traveling with young children. In similar fashion, the Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail is within the high alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range, so it is therefore important that you monitor yourself and your group members for the effects of altitude sickness. Ensure you take your time and that you are drinking plenty of water and eating food throughout the route's duration to help mitigate the effects of the high altitude.

Having parked your vehicle, follow the Gaylor Lakes Trail as it heads west over steadily inclining terrain. The route will begin to veer northwards and will eventually bring you to the north shoreline of Middle Gaylor Lake. After passing alongside the lakeshore, the route will continue north adjacent to a creek.

The terrain will plateau as you approach the western shoreline of Upper Gaylor Lake. Once you have reached Upper Gaylor Lake, continue northwards along the pathway that makes its way up the steep terrain in the foreground. Having climbed more elevation, the route will deliver you to Great Sierra Mine, where you should take some time and explore the historic ruins. Once you have had an opportunity to enjoy the abandoned mine, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.

Getting to the Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Great Sierra Mine via Gaylor Lakes Trail is located off of Tioga Pass Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Tioga Lake Campground

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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