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Sotcher Lake

Devils Postpile National Monument

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Sotcher Lake Trailhead and picnic area.- Sotcher Lake
  • Sotcher Lake.- Sotcher Lake
  • Sotcher Lake showing fall color.- Sotcher Lake
  • Sotcher Lake.- Sotcher Lake
  • Small but pretty waterfall on the outlet creek.- Sotcher Lake
  • Sotcher Lake from the granite knoll.- Sotcher Lake
  • Sotcher Lake.- Sotcher Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Very flat and easy. Waterfall. Nice lake views.
Cons: 
Trail can be swampy in spots.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,535.00 ft (2,296.67 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This short and easy loop hike in Devils Postpile National Monument is very rewarding and offers a lot for minimal effort. It is a great hike for families too.

The hike starts at the simple picnic area on a low bluff overlooking the lake (shuttle stop #7). As a loop it can be hiked in either direction, but it is a bit easier to navigate going counter-clockwise. After a flat section along the lake, the trail climbs a few switchbacks to the top of a small granite knoll above the lake. There are great views of the far shore and the granite hillside beyond. Climbing down to lake level, the trail crosses the outlet creek, and just past this is a lovely small waterfall.

The trail on the far side of the lake can be swampy in spots, but there are many places to reach the shore and admire the view. Overall this is a great way to spend an hour with modest effort and nice scenery.

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