Horseshoe Lake Picnic Area

  • A perennial locals’ favorite, the Horseshoe Lake Picnic Area offers plenty of tables under the pines, with expansive views not only of Horseshoe Lake itself, but of Crystal Crag, the Mammoth Crest and the south side of Mammoth Mountain. Bring a blanket if you’d rather settle down on the lakeshore’s beachy sand. Ample parking (including spaces for equestrian trailers) makes this a convenient lunchtime option, as does access to the Lakes Basin Trolley, which turns around here to head back into town. Bathrooms, trailhead maps and information are a short stroll from the picnic area.

  • A perennial locals’ favorite, the Horseshoe Lake Picnic Area offers plenty of tables under the pines, with expansive views not only of Horseshoe Lake itself, but of Crystal Crag, the Mammoth Crest and the south side of Mammoth Mountain. Bring a blanket if you’d rather settle down on the lakeshore’s beachy sand. Ample parking (including spaces for equestrian trailers) makes this a convenient lunchtime option, as does access to the Lakes Basin Trolley, which turns around here to head back into town. Bathrooms, trailhead maps and information are a short stroll from the picnic area.

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  • 12/12/2017: SNOW AND WINTER CONDITIONS EXIST ABOVE 8000 FEET. NON-SNOW RELATED ACTIVITIES MAY BE ACCESSED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.

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Related Trails

Related Trails

Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.7 Soil Hiking Mountain Biking Pets
Lakes Basin Path 5.3 Asphalt Biking Hiking Pets
Mammoth Pass - Crater Meadow Trail 3.6 Soil Equestrian Hiking
Mammoth Pass Trail 4.1 Soil Equestrian Hiking

Related Experiences

Related Experiences

Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Bouldering at Horseshoe Boulder 0.6 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Family Biking the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Mixed About an hour
Family Biking the Horseshoe Lake Loop from Twin Falls Overlook 2.1 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Family Biking the Lakes Basin Path 10.6 Asphalt Half day
Family Biking the Lakes Basin Path Downhill 5.3 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Guided Geology Tour at Horseshoe Lake 1.4 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Hiking the Horseshoe Lake Loop - Adaptive Option 1.8 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Lake Swimming in McLeod Lake 1.2 Water Less than 4 hours
Pets on the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Sand Less than 4 hours
Road Biking around the Lakes Basin 14.1 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Road Biking the Climber's Tour of Mammoth 16.5 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Road Biking to Horseshoe Lake and Swimming Horseshoe Lake 13.9 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Running the Lakes Basin Path from Twin Lakes Vista to Horseshoe Lake 6.2 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Sport Climbing at Horseshoe Slabs 1.0 Soil Less than 4 hours
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Horseshoe Lake 0.6 Water Less than 4 hours
Trail Running around Horseshoe Lake and Swimming Horseshoe Lake 2.7 Soil Less than 4 hours
Walking the Horseshoe Lake Loop 1.8 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Walking the Horseshoe Lake Loop Out and Back 1.0 Sand Less than 4 hours
Walking the Lakes Basin Path from Horseshoe Lake to Lake Mary 2.1 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
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