Horsehoe Lake, Mammoth Lakes California

Horsehoe Lake


Visitors come to Horseshoe Lake, located just outside of town in the Mammoth Lakes basin, for access to abundant outdoor recreation activities including swimming, mountain biking, and hiking.

  • Horseshoe Lake is located just outside of town in the Mammoth Lakes Basin.
  • Explore the area on a mountain bike or spend the day hiking.
  • Horseshoe Lake is the only lake in the area that allows swimming.

Overview

Horseshoe Lake, located just outside of town in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, is the perfect place to enjoy the areas spectacular alpine scenery, as well as to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and mountain biking.

Location & Information 

Horseshoe Lake is located just outside of town in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. From the Lake Mary Junction, travel 1.25 miles west to reach Horseshoe Lake.

Contact Information
Inyo National Forest 
760-873-2400

Seasons

Due to heavy snowfall, Horseshoe lake is best visited from late May through early October.

Activities

Swimming
Horseshoe Lake is the only lake in the Mammoth Lakes basin where swimming is allowed.

Mountain Biking
This 7 mile loop trail traverses both pavement and single track around the banks of Horseshoe Lake. The ride is a great introduction to Mammoth area mountain biking, and because it has minimal elevation gain, is great for riders of all ages.

Hiking
The Mammoth Lakes Basin is home to a variety of popular hiking destinations. The Horseshoe Lake Trail is an easy 1.5 mile introduction. For a longer trek, follow a trail all the way to Red’s Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument. 

Warning: Carbon Dioxide Emmission

Since the late 1980’s, excess carbon dioxide rising from the area soil has been killing many of the tree’s surrounding the lake. Because of this, camping in the area is not advisable.


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