Mammoth Hikes: Duck Pass and Convict Lake

Last weekend we ventured over to the east side of the Sierras, which is a common occurrence – I love the west side of the Sierras, but the east slope tends to do things more dramatically. We headed to the Mammoth Lakes area for this particular adventure, which has a wealth of outdoor activities to choose from; my friends were rock climbing and mountain biking, Aspen and I opted for hiking.

On Friday we hiked on the Duck Pass trail to Arrowhead, Skelton, and Barney Lakes – six miles round trip. All three lakes were gorgeous. This popular trailhead leaves from Coldwater Campground in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, but the crowds weren’t annoying. The lakes along the way give you multiple options for stopping points. If you’re feeling ambitious or looking for an overnight trip head over Duck Pass for more solitude.


My summer(fest) is complete! – click for larger map

On Saturday we opted for Convict Lake – 3.4 miles to circumnavigate the lake. A short drive from Mammoth Lakes, this is also a popular area for hikers, fishermen, boaters, and standup-paddle boarders. The views up into the canyon were amazing, personally I’d love to explore farther into the wilderness. Plus, I had a bald eagle sighting!


Amazing backdrop – click for larger map

Smoke from a fire on the Sierra National Forest was settling in the area, which made it hazy. However, if these photos are calling to you imagine these sites on a clear day!


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