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Emerald Lake - Inyo NF, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 1.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,115 feet
Elevation Gain 604 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.97
Backpack Yes
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Author slegal
author avatar Guides 74
Routes 102
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Trips 56 map ( 351 miles )
Age 59 Male Gender
Location Thousand Oaks, CA
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Sep, Jun → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  4:35am - 7:20pm
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Hike and maybe even take in a hockey game.
by slegal

Likely In-Season!
Emerald Lake is one of my old standby hikes. If I can't decide on a hike, Emerald Lake is always one of my options. If I'm not feeling energetic or am short on time, Emerald Lake becomes the top option. It's a short hike, it's scenic and the lake is quite pretty.

The trailhead to Emerald Lake is on the south side of the Coldwater Creek Campground parking lot. On busy weekends you may have to park on the north side, but that shouldn't add too much distance to your hike.

The entire hike is forested. Except for the beginning of the hike, the trail is pretty straight. The beginning of the hike is the steepest, although compared to other trails in the area, the trail isn't very steep. It is just one mile from the trailhead to Emerald Lake.

Once at Emerald Lake there are some short trails that will enable you to explore the banks of the lake. The lake rests below one of the more scenic sections of the Mammoth Crest, making for some excellent views of the surrounding mountains.

An interesting fact about Emerald Lake is that when the lake freezes and there isn't much snow on the ground yet, the locals hike up to Emerald Lake and ice skate on the lake. They even play hockey on the lake. The north end of the lake is usually the last to freeze because it is the only part of the lake that gets sun during the winter months. If you're looking at the water at the north end of the lake and see what looks like perfectly round, flat rocks, they're probably hockey pucks. I've seen them play and they lose a lot of pucks that way.

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2011-03-13 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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the town of Mammoth Lakes, take Lake Mary Road to the lakes. Turn left onto Lake Mary Loop Road. When the road rounds Lake Mary at the eastern end of the lake the road reaches the Coldwater Creek Campground. Turn left into the campground and head up the campground road all the way to the parking lot at the end of the road. Park at the south side at the Emerald Lake Trailhead.
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