Hike-in Required
Yes
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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McLeod Lake is a popular summertime destination for locals and tourists of Mammoth Lakes, California. The lake is surrounded by lodgepole pine trees and offers awe-inspiring views of Mammoth Crest and Mammoth Mountain. 

Family-friendly, the area is easily accessible from the Horseshoe Parking Area by way of a short hiking trail.

The trail to the lake is dog-friendly, rocky at times, and shaded by pine trees.

It takes about a mile to reach the lake, and another .8 miles to stroll along its shores. There are plenty of secluded spots around McLeod Lake for families and small groups. At the lake, visitors can enjoy the sun, sit under a pine tree, or swim in the refreshing water.  Some popular activities include picnicking, hiking, fishing (catch and release only), swimming, and just relaxing.

REGULATIONS

McLeod Lake is for day use only. 

TRAILHEAD AMENITIES

The Horseshoe Lakes parking area features bathrooms, trash and picnic tables. 

TRANSPORTATION

Mammoth Lakes Free Mountain Shuttle: https://www.mammothmountain.com/transportation/free-mountain-shuttle 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center: 1-(760) 924-5500

Mammoth Lakes Trail Systems: https://www.mammothtrails.org/ 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Easily Accessible. Alpine Lake. Pine Trees.

Cons

Can get crowded on weekends.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Near lake or river
Picnic tables

Location

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