Recommendation: Little Lakes Valley along Rock Creek, California

The following photo shows my (much younger) daughter and (much younger) me in Little Lakes Valley, along Rock Creek, in California. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Talk about being surrounded by mountains!

The hike to this spot isn’t terribly difficult. In fact, it’s one of the easiest and most scenic of High Sierra hikes. You drive to 10,200 feet and then walk along the creek and several lakes into the heart of aptly-named Little Lakes Valley. If you’re trying to find it on a map, Little Lakes Valley lies along Rock Creek, between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop California, off of highway 395. The coordinates of the trailhead are: Latitude: 37°26’7.05″N; Longitude: 118°44’49.29″W.

Highly recommended!

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  • TomB

    That’s beautiful!

    Looks cold out.  Where’s your jacket, young man?!?  😉

  • Mary Naegeli

    This hike is one of the best “big bang for the buck” hikes in California, and my all-time favorite—ever! Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it is!

  • Sometimes California is so lush, it’s obscene. Give me the rugged edge of Big Bend. I want danger. I want to remember how small I am.

  • markdroberts

    Actually, it wasn’t too cold at that elevation (about 10,000 ft.).

  • markdroberts

    Yes, indeed. I plan to do this hike this summer!!

  • markdroberts

    Sometimes. But you can feel pretty small when you’re near mountains that are 12,000 feet high and more. I am eager to visit Big Bend.