Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5-7h
Distance
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18.8 km
Elevation
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575 m
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Directions to Trailhead

A more challenging route within Inyo National Forest, Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail is ideal for more experienced hikers who are looking for a challenge. The route traverses the stunning alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range and takes you alongside charming creeks and picturesque lakes.

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Route Description for Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail

As the Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail is within the alpine environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range, care should be taken when attempting. It is important that you monitor yourself and your group members for the effects of altitude sickness and that you drink plenty of water and eat constantly to help mitigate its effects.

Having parked your vehicle, follow Lakes Basin Path shortly before taking Horseshoe Lake Trail to the south. Horseshoe Lake Trail will wrap around the southern and western shoreline of Horseshoe Lake before veering sharply to the southwest and arriving at Mammoth Pass Cutoff Trail. Follow Mammoth Pass Cutoff Trail as it makes its way along the northern shore of McLeod Lake and continue westwards.

With craggy terrain to its east, Mammoth Pass Cutoff Trail will veer south and arrive at a junction within the trail. At the junction, stay on Mammoth Pass Cutoff Trail by taking the eastern pathway, and continue on it until you reach the next junction. From here, follow John Muir Trail as it makes its way north, past the Red Cones, and delivers you to the route's end. Take some time to enjoy the sightlines before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.

Getting to the Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Lakes Basin to Pack Trail is located off Lake Mary Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lake Mary Campground

  • When to do

    March-April

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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