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Morgan Pass and Gem Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A very scenic hike through the Little Lakes Valley with six lakes and one pass.


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Map Key

8.0

Miles

12.9

KM

Out and Back

11,090' 3,380 m

High

10,259' 3,127 m

Low

941' 287 m

Up

942' 287 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This very scenic hike starts at Mosquito Flat (elevation 10,200 ft), the highest trailhead in California. The hike is mostly through the Little Lakes Vally. In only 4 miles (one way), you get to see at least 6 lakes and one mountain pass. There are great views from the Morgan Pass.

Description

This very scenic hike starts at Mosquito Flat (elevation 10,200 ft), the highest trailhead in California. From the parking lot, start climbing on the trail. After 0.3 mile, there is sign that this area is John Muir Wilderness.

The hike is mostly through the Little Lakes Valley. After about 3 miles, the trail splits (no sign!). Take the left to climb up to Morgan Pass. From there, there are great views of several peaks. The closest peak to the pass is Mount Morgan.

After enjoying the views, descend back to the junction, and turn left at the junction to hike to beautiful Gem Lake. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the peaceful and scenic setting at Gem Lake. From there, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

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Shlomo Waser

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 11 votes

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Photos

Frozen silence.
Nov 22, 2016 near West Bi…, CA
Submerged logs dam the outlet of Long Lake on the Gem Lake/Little Lakes Valley Trail.
Jan 25, 2017 near West Bi…, CA
Long Lake with Mt Dade and the Hourglass coulior in the background
Nov 6, 2017 near West Bi…, CA
One of several creek crossings.
Sep 6, 2017 near West Bi…, CA
A rare window to ice skate.
Nov 22, 2016 near West Bi…, CA
Long Lake.
Sep 6, 2017 near West Bi…, CA

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Jul 10, 2020
A Fisher
Sep 13, 2019
Devon Allen
Map is wrong about Gem Lake/Morgan Pass breakoff location. Follow trail signs. 8.2mi — 3h 24m
Nov 11, 2018
Matt Sav
Oct 13, 2018
Rita O.
8mi
May 20, 2018
Spencer Swift
snow wasn't melted completely so we didn't go the whole way