Hiking Little Lakes Valley Trail (Gem Lakes) via Mosquito Flat – Bishop, CA

A hike of Little Lakes Valley via Mosquito Flat makes for a quintessential Eastern Sierra outdoor experience. This 8.5-mile out-and-back hike passes by six alpine lakes and provides side trail options to quite a few more. Hikers will pass under the 13,000+ ft mountain peaks of Bear Creek Spire, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot, and Mt. Mills. This hike is also accessible to beginner hikers, since it only gains 1200 ft of elevation. The trailhead’s starting elevation is above 10,000ft though, so elevation sickness can still present an issue. In this guide, I’ll provide directions to the trailhead, maps, a gps track, photographs, and a detailed hike description.

Little Lakes Valley Trailhead (Gem Lakes), Inyo National Forest, Little Lakes Valley Trail, Bishop, CA 93514

  • The trailhead is located above 10,000ft and passes by a number of seasonal campgrounds. Be sure to check road conditions before your trip by calling the Inyo National Forest office at 760-873-2400.
  • Download GPX
  • See track on Strava
  • Do you have the appropriate gear for this hike? Don’t hike unprepared!
    See my current hiking gear list. 

    Hike Map And Elevation Profile

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    Author: Drew Robinson

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