Mammoth Pass - Crater Meadow Trail 3.6 mi

  • Starting from Horseshoe Lake, this trail begins with a short climb to McLeod Lake, a popular destination for fishermen and families located in the saddle below Mammoth Pass. Rounding the lake's north shore, the trail leaves the majority of day hikers behind as it enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness, descending gradually south and west along the contours of the backside of the Mammoth Crest to Crater Meadow and a junction with the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail.

  • Starting from Horseshoe Lake, this trail begins with a short climb to McLeod Lake, a popular destination for fishermen and families located in the saddle below Mammoth Pass. Rounding the lake's north shore, the trail leaves the majority of day hikers behind as it enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness, descending gradually south and west along the contours of the backside of the Mammoth Crest to Crater Meadow and a junction with the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail.

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  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 7500 ft are still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.

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McLeod Lake

  • Hours/Season: Day use only | Fall  Summer 

  • Fishing 

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Horseshoe Lake Paddleboarding Swimming
Horseshoe Lake Picnic Area
McLeod Lake Fishing

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