Laurel Lakes Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared

Laurel Lakes Road 28E201 south of Sherwin Creek Road near Mammoth Lakes has severe wash outs. The public is asked to refrain driving on the road.

Follow the four wheel drive road that ascends the east bank of Laurel Creek. Dispursed camping at Laurel Lake does not require a wilderness permit. The hiking trail leaves the rough dirt road and enters the wilderness just above Laurel Lake. Climbing up the canyon, the trail continues southeast over a saddle and descends to Edith Lake and Lake Genevieve, where it meets the Convict Canyon trail.

Common Destinations: Bloody Mountain, Lake Genevieve, Lake Dorothy

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Road has severe wash outs. Hikers may walk up the road.
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permit required year round for overnight trips.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • May 1 through November 1 overnight visitors are limted to 8 people per day.
Closest Towns:
  •  Mammoth Lakes, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Directions: Exit Hwy 395 to Mammoth Lakes on Hwy 203. From the Town of Mammoth Lakes, follow Old Mammoth Rd to Sherwin Creek dirt road. West of Sherwin Creek campground and picnic area a rough high clearance 4x4 road goes south to Laurel Lake. Most people hike the last section of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Special fishing regulations in Laurel Lakes. Open year round. Minimum size limit is 14 inches total length. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used. Bag limit 2 fish per day, 2 in possession.

Fishing regulations map:

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,251ft. at trailhead