Little Lakes Valley Trail

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Inyo National Forest

Little Lakes Valley Trail

9001 Rock Creek Rd
Bishop, CA 93514

37.4348, -118.74600


Hike: 3.5 miles 1-way  Level: Easy-mild

Elevation: 10,272 ft. at trailhead-11,109 ft.

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes

Little Lakes Valley Trail

The easy access to this beautiful chain of lakes make Little Lakes Valley popular for fishing, day hikes and beginning backpackers. Glaciers carved this extensive chain of lakes, both large and small.

Wildflowers bloom in the high elevation framed by the spectacular 13,000-foot peaks of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot and Mt. Mills. Some evidence of historical mining equipment can be seen, along with an old road bed at Morgan Pass. This is an active bear area so you must use bear containers to secure your food and refuse.

Personal Experience: All I can say is WOW.  Every second of this hike was filled with astounding beauty.  We hiked in mid July when the snow was melting, giving a raging river beside us the entire time.

While you’re in the area, hike Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake nearby!

Parking is at the Mosquito Flats Campground (which is free to camp here btw).  Mosquito Flats really lives up to its name so beware!  We must have each gotten bitten 20 times!  They are no joke around here!  Bring bug spray, cover up and even buy a mosquito-netting hat if you can.

There are two trails here:  one that takes you up to Ruby Lake and a lower trail that takes you next to lake after lake after lake.  We took both trails but this specific page is for the Little Lakes Valley Trail which is the lower trail.  Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the fork in the road and take the left side.

Looking at Google Maps, you can see the names of the lakes you will hike by which are: Mack Lake, Marsh Lake, Heart Lake, Box Lake, Long Lake & Chicken Foot Lake.

You start the hike off with a raging river welcoming you:

Into the wild we go!

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We got caught in a small thunderstorm.  Besides the worry for our cameras, it was so refreshing.

I think we all felt so ALIVE on this hike:

Little Lakes Valley Trail hidden ca

The sunset was pure magic:

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