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Emerald Lake Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

This forested trail leads to Emerald Lake in the John Muir Wilderness.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.2

KM

Point to Point

9,854' 3,003 m

High

9,089' 2,770 m

Low

764' 233 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail follows Coldwater Creek for about half a mile as it ascends to Emerald Lake. It's a less-traveled alternative to Duck Pass Trail and more likely to offer some solitude. Emerald Lake is surrounded by lush green meadows that led to its name. The lake is typically very calm and glassy offering you a reflection of the mountains and trees.

The trail keeps ascending steadily beyond Emerald Lake. Look back occasionally to enjoy a good view of Mammoth Mountain. Once you reach Duck Pass Trail, turn left to return to the Coldwater Trailhead or right to ascend to Mammoth Crest.

Insect repellent is recommended.

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Shared By:

Tilman Giese

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 2 votes

#13

in Mammoth Lakes

#21094

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  3.5 from 2 votes
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#13

in Mammoth Lakes

#2,224

in California

#21,094

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Mammoth Mountain
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Snowy mountains through the trees on Emerald Lake Trail.
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake
Sep 16, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Emerald Lake meadow.
Sep 18, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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Aug 8, 2019
Dustin Rehmann
Pretty lake. Steep accent. LOTS of mosquitoes. 2mi — 11h 00m
Sep 7, 2018
Elizabeth Bacon
1.3mi
Sep 2, 2017
Tilman Giese