Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
480.00 ft (146.30 m)
Trail type
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
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The hike to Isabella Peak is a 2.5 mile round trip hike that climbs to panaramic views of Lake Isabella, and gives hikers the option to easily work the Coso Mine Site loop into their route.

Set in the Sequoia National Forest, Isabella Peak offers wide views over the mountain-encased lake basin. The hike itself is mostly easy on dirt single track, however there are a couple spots where the climb can be steep over slippery gravel. The payoff are a couple viewpoints to take in the wide vistas and the likelihood that you'll have these areas all to yourself.

There are a few different paths in this area, and those staying at the campgrounds or visiting with kids who might be looking for a shorter hike can stick to the Coso Mine Loop Trail which is about four tenths of a mile.

From the trailhead just inside the entrance to Hungry Gulch Campground, a single trail begins behind a sign for the different routes. The shortest path to Isabella Peak is to head left at the trail fork, where, after wrapping around the hill and making a short climb, the peak will present itself in the distance. After the second fork along the Coso Mine Loop trail, the path to Isabella Peaks becomes less steep and traverses a hillside as it gradually gains in elevation. The hike has a  total of about 480' in elevation gain.

On the return hike, taking the other fork will add a small bit of additional elevation gain and will pass by the old shaft entrance to the Coso Mine, which is protected for bats to use now. A descent will lead back down to the trailhead.

Water and bathrooms are available for use inside Hungry Gulch Campground. Hikers can park in the large pullout along Wofford Heights Blvd outside of the campground and walk to the trailhead. Hikers should be aware that there is almost no shade on this hike, so summer hikers should plan on carrying water and sunblock to protect from the heat.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Wide views.


No shade. Trail rock can be very steep and slick.

Trailhead Elevation

2,655.00 ft (809.24 m)

Highest point

3,025.00 ft (922.02 m)


Near lake or river
Family friendly
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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