Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
6,548.00 ft (1,995.83 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
28.00 mi (45.06 km)
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The Golden Trout Wilderness Loop is a 28-mile route through the Golden Trout Wilderness and Inyo National Forest. This trail begins at the Blackrock Trailhead, located west of Lone Pine, California, at the southern border of Golden Trout Wilderness. It features lush meadows, green hillsides, and a hot spring. Several trails intersect this loop making it possible to explore, add on side trips, or shorten the total distance if necessary.The area is popular for trail running, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding.  This loop makes a great long weekend getaway for anyone looking to escape the city and head out on a lovely walk through pristine nature. 

DESCRIPTION

From Blackrock Trailhead, the trail leads north to Casa Vieja Meadow and Long Canyon Trail. It runs along the southwest base of Templeton Mountain and the southern tip of Templeton Meadows. The trail follows Strawberry Creek and Redrock to Templeton Meadows Trail before descending to Jordan Hot Springs (a nice place to camp). Return to the trailhead by following the Blackrock to Kern River Trail south from Jordan Hot Springs.
 

JORDAN HOT SPRINGS

Jordan Hot Springs are a series of thermal mineral springs with an average temperature of 104 degrees. While the site served as a resort for settlers during the mid-19th century, its significance goes much further back in time. Historically, the hot springs and the surrounding area have been used by prehistoric peoples and native Americans who considered it a sacred place. In 1992, Jordan Hot Springs became designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Jordan Hot Springs makes a great destination for a day hike or overnight camping trip. Permits are required for overnight camping in Golden Trout Wilderness. Permits can be obtained from a Sequoia or Inyo National Forest ranger station, visitor center, or online at www.recreation.gov

WATER

Water from creeks and streams must be treated before consumption. 

CREEK CROSSINGS

This trail has several creek crossings that may have high water during heavy snow years. 

PERMITS AND CAMPING

Permits are required for overnight camping in Golden Trout Wilderness. Permits can be obtained from a Sequoia or Inyo National Forest ranger station, visitor center, or online at www.recreation.gov

For more information you can also visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=21882.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Blackrock Trailhead: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd530911.pdf

Jordan Hot Springs Trail: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sequoia/recarea/?recid=79725

Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center: 1-(760) 876-6200

Wilderness permit information: 1-(760) 873-2483

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

3

Pros

Hot Springs. Meadows. Creeks. Streams.

Cons

Mosquitos in the summer.

Trailhead Elevation

8,900.00 ft (2,712.72 m)

Highest point

10,299.00 ft (3,139.14 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

Yes

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

Yes

Permit self-issue on site

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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