Heart Lake Trail 1.1 mi

Trail adopted by: IGNITE Collective, Inc.

  • 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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Related Destinations

Coldwater Trailheads

  • Hours/Season: 24/7 - Certain amenities/facilities limited | Fall  Spring  Summer 

  • Birding  Camping  Equestrian  Fall Color Viewing  Fishing  Hiking  Interpretive  Photography  Running  Vista Viewing  Wildflower Viewing 

Related Destinations

Destination Activities and Services
Coldwater Campground Camping
Coldwater Trailheads Birding Camping Equestrian Fall Color Viewing Fishing Hiking Interpretive Photography Running Vista Viewing Wildflower Viewing
Mammoth Consolidated Mine Interpretive Photography

Related Experiences

Related Experiences

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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