|Typically Open:||05/01 - 10/31|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||10056 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Mammoth Lakes|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Mammoth Lakes|
|Official Road Name:||4S86 / 28E201|
|Management Agency:||Inyo National Forest|
|District:||Mammoth Ranger District|
Laurel Lakes Road is a great scenic trail just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern High Sierras. The narrow five mile road has lots of places to turn out and pass. Starting at 7,300 feet and ending just over 10,000 feet, this trail has snow capped mountains, aspen groves, creeks and a back country lake. With so many sights in front of you, it easy to miss the great views from behind as you leave the valley floor.
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail may be impassable due to snow.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Fall:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Winter:||Trail may be impassable due to snow.|
Coming from Hwy 395, the road to the trailhead is a maintained gravel road. The trailhead is to your left. There is adequate space at the trailhead to park a vehicle or trailer.
This is the first real opportunity to pull off the trail and take a minute to see where you have already traveled. The Lake Crowley is off to the right.
Straight ahead is the start of the valley below the Laurel Lake basin.
Off to the right is the first access to the creek. Parking here is scarce, but there is some. Please don't park in the meadow and stay on developed roads.
Down the hill on the right is Laurel Creek. There is great place to picnic, camp or just hang out for a while. The area is in a big aspen grove. There is a few developed fire pit. If you plan on having a fire, don't forget to get your fire permit.
Against the hill on the left is one of the few spots to turn around before heading up the switch backs. From this point forward the trail gets a little more narrow. In the spring and winter months snow is usually blocking the road here.
Off to the right is Laurel Lake. This is another great place to picnic, camp, fish or just relax. Lot of hiking trails start from this location.
Starting Point: Mammoth Lakes