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    Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail

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    16.6 km
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    895 m
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    Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail is an easily accessible, yet fairly challenging route within Inyo National Forest. Taking you through the alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the trail is both stunningly beautiful and considered to be an excellent route for wildlife viewing. The route can be completed as either a backpacking trip or throughout one long day.

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    Route Description for Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail

    Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail’s elevation incline and length make it likely not appropriate for children, and those seeking a more casual hiking experience. In addition, it is recommended that you wear a good pair of hiking shoes as the terrain found along the route is demanding. Lastly - in the springtime especially - the mosquitoes can become rather prolific, so we strongly recommend bringing lots of bug repellent and wearing pants and long sleeves.

    With your vehicle parked, locate the trailhead. Follow the pathway as it makes its way northwest before veering southwards adjacent to the western shore of Lake George. The Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail will then turn into a series of switchbacks as the terrain becomes rather steep. With the initial switchback section completed, you will arrive at a junction within the trail.

    At the junction, follow the southern pathway as it takes you through another series of switchbacks and delivers you to a second junction within the trail. Having arrived at the second junction, follow the Mammoth Crest Trail as it makes its way southwards over relatively flat terrain. Continue southwest along the Mammoth Crest Trail as it leads you across a ridgeline. The elevation will soon begin to decline and you will arrive at the last junction within the trail. Here, follow Deer Creek Trail as it delivers you to Deer Lake itself. Take this opportunity to enjoy the sightlines before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

    Getting to the Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Lake George to Deer Lakes Trail is located off of Lake George Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Lake George Campground

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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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