Hiking

Walking the Lakes Basin Path from Horseshoe Lake to Lake Mary

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  • Hiking the paved Lakes Basin Path gives an easy introductory sampling of the beauty of the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Beginning from the Horseshoe Lake parking lot, the path winds through the lodgepole pine forest along the south side of Lake Mary Road. After crossing the road, you are rewarded with a stunning view of Twin Lakes and beyond to the White Mountains. Cross the bridge over the waterfall, then walk up the gradual incline past Lake Mamie to Lake Mary. Watch for horses and bikers. At Lake Mary, take in the view of the lake, Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest before heading back the way you came.

  • Hiking the paved Lakes Basin Path gives an easy introductory sampling of the beauty of the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Beginning from the Horseshoe Lake parking lot, the path winds through the lodgepole pine forest along the south side of Lake Mary Road. After crossing the road, you are rewarded with a stunning view of Twin Lakes and beyond to the White Mountains. Cross the bridge over the waterfall, then walk up the gradual incline past Lake Mamie to Lake Mary. Watch for horses and bikers. At Lake Mary, take in the view of the lake, Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest before heading back the way you came.

  • Experience Checklist

    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Practical shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Water

    Public Services

    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    2.1 miles
    Trail Surface
    Asphalt
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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Lake Mamie

  • Hours/Season: Store: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer only | Year Round 

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Lake Mary

  • Hours/Season: Store/marina: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer only | Year Round 

  • Boating  Fishing  Paddleboarding 

Pokonobe Lodge

  • Hours/Season: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Fall  Spring  Summer 

  • Boating  Fishing  Paddleboarding 

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