McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail
In: Trail Notes
This past Memorial Day weekend, I did a quick trip to Mammoth Lakes, Ca. While in Mammoth, I did a 14 mile day hike to McGee Lake via McGee Trail in John Muir Wilderness. I started my hike around 6a.m. and finished it before 2:30p.m. McGee Creek Trail offers stunning views of surrounding mountains, nearby Crowley Lake and spectacular tree colors. This out-and-back trail is moderate to difficult and best hiked through mid July to mid September. With 2,280 feet of elevation gain, this hike is one that should be attempted only after being in the area for a few days. You can make a day hike out of it by following the trail 5 miles up to Steelhead Lake or 7 miles up to McGee Lake. Access the trailhead west off Hwy. 395 about eight miles south of Mammoth. Take the McGee Creek exit about four miles, past the McGee Pack Station, to a parking lot.
Steelhead Lake 10 miles roundtrip/McGee Lake 14 miles roundtrip
VERTICAL GAIN OR LOSS:
Steelhead Llake 2,350’/McGee Lake 2,480′
A wilderness permit is required for overnight travel, available at the Inyo National Forest in Bishop, California.
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