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This east-side Sierra Nevada canyon is less crowded than the more popular canyons, but no less beautiful.


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14.1

Miles

22.6

KM

Point to Point

11,899' 3,627 m

High

7,859' 2,395 m

Low

4,073' 1,241 m

Up

2,389' 728 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

At the end of McGee Creek Road, take the McGee Creek Trail up through shrublands and aspen groves. As the trail climbs and turns west, you hike through open meadows and pine forests beneath 12,000-foot peaks.

At 6.5 miles, the trail passes by Big McGee Lake, which is a popular camping spot.

From there, the trail heads west over increasingly alpine terrain, reaching 11,895-foot McGee Pass at 8.5 miles.

Beyond the pass, the trail descends to Fish Creek and Horse Heaven and then continues to its terminus at Tully Hole on the John Muir Trail.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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  4.6 from 10 votes

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in Crowley Lake

#722

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in Crowley Lake

#94

in California

#722

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Hiking down to McGee Lakes from McGee Pass.
Jan 5, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
A group of backpackers cruises switchbacks on McGee Pass.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
McGee Canyon looks utterly spectacular from the McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Pass Trail offers gorgeous views of Mount Crocker and Red and White Mountain.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
One of the many alpine meadows along McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 5, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Creek Cascades are worth the trip along the McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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Jul 4, 2019
Drew Kelley
River crossing about two miles in was impassible due to high waters. Beautiful hike otherwise! 4mi — 2h 00m
Jul 24, 2018
Chris Boykin
Great hike with my son. 7mi
Jul 12, 2018
Victor Garcia
Aug 6, 2016
Court E
Jul 31, 2016
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