McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1.5-2.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
5.8 km
Elevation
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219 m
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Directions to Trailhead

McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail is a family-friendly route in Inyo National Forest. The route is regarded as an excellent place to view wildlife and, depending on the time of year you are planning on doing it, possesses an abundance of beautiful alpine wildflowers for your enjoyment.

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Route Description for McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail

Some of the bridges used to cross the many creeks along McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail are in disrepair, so care should be taken when attempting the route. While many are still crossible, it is important that you are cautious as an untimely fall could result in injury.

With your vehicle parked, follow McGee Station Trail as it makes its way west. Throughout the trail, the elevation steadily inclines as you make your way across a number of creeks that flow into McGee Creek from the north and east. Ensuring you stay along the pathway, the route will deliver you to a scenic vista where nice views of Horsetail Falls can be enjoyed. Having had an opportunity to enjoy the sights, simply backtrack your steps towards the trailhead and your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for McGee Creek to Horsetail Creek Trail is located at a parking lot off of McGee Creek Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    McGee Backpacker Campground

  • When to do

    May-September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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