Laurel Lakes Trail


Follow the four wheel drive road that ascends the east bank of Laurel Creek. The hiking trail leaves the rough dirt road and enters the wilderness just before 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.


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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Permit Info: John Muir Wilderness permit is required year round for overnight trips.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - No campfires at Mildred Lake and no campfires above 10,000 ft. see Maps of Campfire Restrictions.
- Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- Fishing restrictions: minimum size limit of 14 inches, artificial lures with barbless hooks. Bag limit is 2 per day: 2 in possession.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people.
- Quota of 8 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- John Muir Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes
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
Information Center: For wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (760) 924-5500

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.



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9,251ft. at trailhead


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