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The Best Easy Hike in the Sierra (or the Easiest Best Hike in the Sierra)

I've hiked this trail at least a dozen times, and most other Eastern Sierra trails. The Little... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pasadena, California
High Alpine hike

This high alpine hike is easy to moderate. Starts at over 10,000 feet so be in good health... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
John P
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Inyo National Forest, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 200, Bishop, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've hiked this trail at least a dozen times, and most other Eastern Sierra trails. The Little Lakes Valley Trail is the very best in terms of a combination of beauty and ease. It's great for folks who aren't big hikers. And it's great for...More

4  Thank drmarkdroberts
Reviewed 11 July 2018

This high alpine hike is easy to moderate. Starts at over 10,000 feet so be in good health. Beautiful scenery. I went at the end of June to Chicken Foot Lake a 5 to 6 mile round trip. Wildflowers were stunning. Only one tough stream...More

5  Thank John P
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Last time I came there was snow on the road and we couldn't park at Mosquito Flats and had to hike to even get to the trail. This time, mid-June, Mammoth Visitor Center said there was no snow. We arrived at the trailhead at 10:15am...More

2  Thank Cr1717
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour. Once you got at mosquito flats, it is 4-5 hours to got to the chicken foot (or leg?) lake and back. We visited it on a weekday, and met with 10-15 people only so it wasn't crowded. It was absolutely...More

1  Thank pampogi
Reviewed 28 December 2017

We enjoyed a spectacular hike to the Little Lakes during a post-snow closed road season. The scenery was incredible and the hike exceptional. A "near death" experience with frozen ice on the trail reminded us southerners that water can freeze and is found in more...More

Thank Rick T
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This trail is amazing. Starting at 10,000 feet you are already in the mountains. Altitude can be a problem, so be careful and read up about preparing even if just walking a mile or so.

1  Thank cvcalifornia
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Our family of 6 did this hike two times. Once in August and once in October. The only thing i could find wrong with this hike is that it is very crowded on the weekends. If you dont mind lots of people on the trail...More

1  Thank dilly4j
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This must be one of the most beautiful Sierra hikes and certainly gives you a huge bang for your buck. The first half mile or so is steep as you climb over the basin brim, but most of it is cut rock steps--so it is...More

4  Thank vnrose52
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to get a parking spot at the trailhead. We thoroughly enjoyed the views on the walk and the hike was very easy. We enjoyed scrambling to the top of the rocks near the lakes for magnificent views and photo ops.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We loved loved this trail! The trail starts with a little elevation and you climb up for the first few minutes (gets your heart pumping). The entire trail was awesome - we hiked till the Chicken foot lake about 3.5 miles in (just before the...More

2  Thank CAManSon
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1 February 2018|
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Response from 0garibaldi0 | Reviewed this property |
The road may not be open entirely all the way. Be prepared to do some extra walking.
16 September 2017|
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Response from DLSArizona | Reviewed this property |
The roads in the area are all very good. We don't have 4-wheel drive and it was very accessible.