Lakes Canyon Trail


Starting at the south end of Lundy Lake, the Lake Canyon trail steadily climbs the narrow canyon between Gilcrest Peak and Mount Scowden. Interesting remains of mining history can be seen in this area. Visitors should remember that the Antiquities Act protects all artifacts from being damaged or removed, so be sure to leave historical items where they are. It is 3.3 miles to reach Oneida Lake with Blue Lake nearby.

Common Destinations: Lundy Lake, Crystal Lake, Oneida Lake

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At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Guiding in Hoover wilderness is by Yosemite Mountaineering School.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Hoover Wilderness. Day use does not require a permit. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. Reservations are not needed, this area is non quota.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- No camping or swimming at Crystal Lake, don't use water from this lake.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Not passable for stock.
- Guiding in Hoover wilderness is by Yosemite Mountaineering School.
- This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
- Hoover Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Limited services at Lee Vining, full service at Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking. Avoid water from Crystal Lke
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 Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


Leave Hwy 395 approx. 7 miles North of Lee Vining. Turn west on Lundy Canyon Rd, trailhead begins near the outflow of Lundy Lake.



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7,820ft. at trailhead - 9,663ft. at Oneida Lake