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Cottonwood Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (23)

Hike to scenic alpine lakes from one of the highest trailheads in the Sierra Nevada.


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6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

Point to Point

11,187' 3,410 m

High

10,033' 3,058 m

Low

1,261' 385 m

Up

120' 37 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Head north through pine forests along Cottonwood Creek. Pass the junction with the New Army Pass Trail at 3.5 miles. The trail turns west and at around 4.5 miles you enter an open meadow with excellent views of the Sierra Crest ahead. Continue on and pass Cottonwood Lake Three on your left and then end at Cottonwood Lakes Four and Five.

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Miguel Vieira

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  4.3 from 23 votes

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#366

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The look up at Cirque Peak from the Cottonwood Lakes Trail can be utterly stunning.
Jan 6, 2017 near Lone Pine, CA
There's great camping at Cottonwood Lake Number Five beneath Mount Langley.
Jan 6, 2017 near Lone Pine, CA

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Aug 29, 2021
Carl Hartenstein
Did a portion of this as a warm-up for Mount Whitney. 6.3mi — 2h 56m
Sep 7, 2020
Erick Morales
Jul 5, 2020
Damien Sutevski
Nov 9, 2019
Andrew S
Oct 5, 2019
bernard romero
Sep 21, 2019
William Nicolas
with Nich. we camped at lake 3
Jul 20, 2019
Kaija Vs
Sep 16, 2018
Teresa Brecht
out after langley summit. back to cars by 5pm