Heart Lake Trail

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3.9 km
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172 m
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Heart Lake Trail

The Heart Lake Trail is an excellent, family oriented route within Inyo National Forest. A great trail for wildlife viewing, the Heart Lake Trail takes you through a stunning wooded section before arriving at picturesque Heart Lake.

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Route Description for Heart Lake Trail

The mosquitoes along Heart Lake Trail can be rather prolific depending on the time of year you are planning on doing the route. We therefore recommend bringing bug repellent and wearing both long sleeves and pants if you are planning on doing the route in the springtime.

Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the pathway as it heads east, crossing over Mammoth Creek almost immediately. The route will continue east as it gradually inclines in elevation. The Heart Lake Trail will then veer sharply to the north before turning south and traversing a hillside. The route will deliver you to Heart Lake where incredible views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed. Once you have had the opportunity to enjoy the sights, and perhaps stop for a picnic, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.

Getting to the Heart Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Heart 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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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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