Heart Lake Trail 1.1 mi

  • From the Heart Lake Trailhead at the Coldwater day-use parking area, this well-used trail crosses Mammoth Creek and passes two left-hand forks leading to ruins and the original mineshaft of the Depression-era Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine (both worthwhile sidetrips). Staying to the right, the trail then climbs a mile or so up into the John Muir Wilderness to Heart Lake. Many archaeological and historic sites exist throughout the Inyo National Forest and on adjacent federal and state lands. These sites are special places that contain irreplaceable information of our past and are protected by law. Please take only photographs, leave only footprints, and report vandalism.

  • From the Heart Lake Trailhead at the Coldwater day-use parking area, this well-used trail crosses Mammoth Creek and passes two left-hand forks leading to ruins and the original mineshaft of the Depression-era Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine (both worthwhile sidetrips). Staying to the right, the trail then climbs a mile or so up into the John Muir Wilderness to Heart Lake. Many archaeological and historic sites exist throughout the Inyo National Forest and on adjacent federal and state lands. These sites are special places that contain irreplaceable information of our past and are protected by law. Please take only photographs, leave only footprints, and report vandalism.

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  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, this trail is still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.

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Destination Activities and Services
Coldwater Campground Camping
Mammoth Consolidated Mine Interpretive Photography

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Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Campground Camping at Coldwater Campground 1.3 Asphalt - Vehicle Accessible Overnight
Fall Color Viewing on the Heart Lake Trail 0.8 Soil
Self Guided Tour at Mammoth Consolidated Mine 0.4 Soil Less than 4 hours
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