Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4h
Distance
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7.2 km
Elevation
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546 m
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Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail is a beautiful route within Inyo National Forest that is ideal for intermediate hikers and families with older children. Boasting great views of the surrounding Inyo National Forest landscape, the route takes you through a scenic forested section before delivering you charming Yost Lake.

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Route Description for Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail

While not incredibly long in distance, the elevation incline along Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail is significant. The route is therefore likely not appropriate for families with young children and those seeking a more casual hiking experience. The route is also within the high altitude of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range, therefore it is important that you monitor yourself and your group for the signs of altitude sickness.

With your vehicle parked, follow the Yost Creek Trail as it makes its way south. Almost immediately, you will reach a junction within the trail where you are to continue along Yost Creek Trail as it makes its way south. Here, the elevation will begin to incline more rapidly and the trail will veer sharply to the east. The route will once again arrive at a junction within the trail, where you are to follow Yost Creek Trail onto the eastern pathway.

After crossing a creek, the route will continue on its eastern heading, inclining in elevation as it goes. The trail will then plateau shortly before veering sharply to the south and arriving at charming Yost Lake. Take some time and enjoy the sightlines - you've earned it! Once you're ready, simply backtrack your steps towards your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Yost Creek to Yost Lake Trail is located off Boulder Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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