Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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8.9 km
Elevation
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716 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail is a scenic route within Inyo National Forest that takes you to the summit of Mammoth Mountain. While not a particularly long route, the elevation incline in relation to the trail's distance makes it a relatively difficult route that is only appropriate for more experienced hikers.

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Route Description for Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail

The Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail is considered to be a fairly difficult route due to its elevation incline. It is, therefore, a route that is not recommended for beginner hikers and families with children. We recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots. Your knees and ankles will thank you!

Having arrived at the trailhead, follow the pathway as it heads to the northwest. After crossing a creek, the route will turn northwards and arrive at a junction within the trail. At the junction, follow the northern pathway and continue along it over terrain that steadily inclines. The Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail will then veer sharply to the west and begin to pick up elevation rapidly.

The route will continue on its western, heading all the way to the summit of Mammoth Mountain, traversing a series of switchbacks as it goes. Having arrived at the summit, take the opportunity to enjoy the sightlines before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead and your waiting vehicle at Twin Lakes Campground.

Getting to the Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Seven Lakes Point via Dragon’s Back Trail is located at Twin Lakes Campground.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Twin Lakes Campground

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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