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Doris Lake

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Taking flight in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Eagle Rock, Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • The trailhead beigns at Mono Hot Springs Resort.- Doris Lake
  • Doris Lake lies in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra National Forest.- Doris Lake
  • Junction for Doris Lake and Tule Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Meadow wetlands near Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis).- Doris Lake
  • Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Lots of granite and good climbing potential surrounds Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Doris Lake.- Doris Lake
  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis).- Doris Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lake is fed by hot springs. Cliff jumping. Sierra scenery.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
250.00 ft (76.20 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,600.00 ft (2,011.68 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Doris Lake has an interesting and unique quality. The lake just so happens to be fed by one of the hot springs in the area, which helps keep the temperature hovering around 70 degrees. Because of its comparatively warmer waters, the lake has been a popular summer swimming hole for visitors to Mono Hot Springs for years. Contained by large granite cliffs and slabs, Doris Lake is well suited for lounging a few summer hours away, whether you are soaking up the Sierra sun on a warm chunk of granite or considering one of thrilling cliff jumping possibilities.

The trail to Doris Lake is one of the main day hikes leading out from Mono Hot Springs Resort/Mono Hot Springs Campground. The mile-long trail crosses into the Ansel Adams Wilderness, weaving through Jeffrey pine, Sierra juniper, and some impressively large granite formations. Near the halfway point hikers will encounter a junction with a sign pointing toward Tule Lake. Continue straight for Doris.

If you are not already staying at the resort or campground, park in the campground lot located to the left after you enter the resort grounds. The trailhead is located on the far side of the bathhouse.

Road access is by way of Kaiser Pass Road, and seasonal access is dependent on snowfall. Take caution in driving the 10-mile one-lane twisty stretch beyond Huntington Lake, as it contains multiple blind corners. Large RVs and trailers are not advised.

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