Convict Lake

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Trail Distance: 2.5 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Leash Rule: Unknown
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Is your pup itching for an adventure? Then head over to Convict Lake for a gorgeous hike around a mountain lake. Don’t let your pup be deterred by the lake’s name; it actually comes from a Wild West shootout between a group of escaped convicts and their pursuers. The 1871 showdown happened at the lake, leaving it with a historic name and a storied past.

Access to the trail is found near the parking lot and next to the boat launch. Since it is a loop, you can head out in either direction. Let your pooch decide which way to go to start your journey. As your pal follows the trail, they’ll see incredible jagged mountains and snowcapped peaks. You can see Mt. Morrison that was named after a man killed in the notorious shootout. While there isn’t much elevation gain on the hike, the lake sits at nearly 8,000 feet, so you may feel the effects of high altitude. Benches are strategically placed along the way so hikers can paws for a rest and soak in the furrific views.

Convict Lake Trail is worth a visit any time of year. Of course, during the summer, the blue lake and green forest is puptacular. When autumn rolls around, the surrounding aspen trees glow bright yellow. And if your pup wants to brave the freezing temperatures, the area is a breathtaking in the winter. If you do come when the snow falls, be aware that the trail is not maintained.

If your furry companion wants to stay the night, there are a couple options. Convict Lake Resort has pet friendly cabins. It also has a shop, marina, and restaurants. For a more primitive experience, grab a spot at Convict Lake Campground. A nice day use area is located on the east side of the lake. Here you will find picnic facilities and restrooms. No doubt about it, your pup will go mutts over this pawsome trail!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Easy Incline, Lake
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This is a pupular destination during the summer, so try to arrive early to secure a parking spot.
Address
Convict Lake Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
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Address
Convict Lake Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours