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McLeod Lake Trail, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,011 feet
Elevation Gain 408 feet
Accumulated Gain 408 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.84
Backpack Yes
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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13  2016-07-20
Horseshoe Lake & McLead Lake
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6  2016-07-20 chumley
11  2013-07-20 slegal
8  2013-07-16 slegal
4  2009-09-07 slegal
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  6:58am - 4:37pm
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Horseshoe Lake - Mammoth Lakes
0.0 mi away
1.8 mi
20 ft
Dragon
Dragon's Back - Mammoth Mountain
0.6 mi away
6.4 mi
2,441 ft
Crystal Lake - Inyo NF
Crystal Lake - Inyo NF
0.9 mi away
3.1 mi
800 ft
Deer Lakes
Deer Lakes
0.9 mi away
11.4 mi
3,000 ft
Deer Lakes Loop
Deer Lakes Loop
0.9 mi away
13.4 mi
2,142 ft
Panorama Dome Trail
0.9 mi away
235 ft
Lake George to Deer Lakes
1.0 mi away
13.0 mi
2,755 ft
The Upper Crest - Mammoth Crest
The Upper Crest - Mammoth Crest
1.1 mi away
4.5 mi
1,700 ft
Up Dragons Back to Seven Lakes Point
1.1 mi away
3.7 mi
1,700 ft
Emerald Lake - Inyo NF
Emerald Lake - Inyo NF
2.2 mi away
2.0 mi
604 ft
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McLeod Lake is one of many lakes located in the Mammoth Lakes basin. It is the western most of the basin lakes. Beyond McLeod Lake to the west is Mammoth Pass, and almost 2,000 feet below Mammoth Pass is Devil's Postpile National Monument. This is another one of those hikes that I consider when I want to hike, but I'm either short on energy or time.


The trailhead to McLeod Lake is at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot. Like the Horseshoe Lake trail, the McLeod Lake trail passes an area of carbon dioxide out gassing. The entire forest at the trailhead died in the 1990's. After a series of earthquakes caused by movement of magna below the surface, carbon dioxide came to the surface and killed all of the trees. You might ask, don't trees use carbon dioxide to photo synthesize? Yes, but the trees died at their roots. It's a stark image, but smaller trees are coming in. The question is, will the new trees survive once their roots grow deeper?

It doesn't take long for the trail to find its way into living trees. It's a pretty trail from then on, all the way to McLeod Lake. The trail is a long gradual uphill all the way to the lake.

Although there is no actual maintained trail all of the way around McLeod Lake, it isn't difficult to find your way all the way around the lake. Lots of people make their way all of the way around the lake, so there are well worn trails. In places you'll have to do some rock hopping, but nothing too difficult. I highly recommend making the loop all the way around the lake.

slegal
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    From the town of Mammoth Lakes take Lake Mary Road all the way to the end of the road. Lake Mary Road dead ends at the Horseshoe Lake parking area. The trailhead to McLeod Lake is located at the southwest end of the parking lot.
    page created by slegal on Mar 13 2011 7:24 pm
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