Matlock Lake

Matlock Lake

7.8 Miles Moderate

Inyo National Forest
Independence, California

Hike up the Kearsarge Pass Trail through eastern Sierra vegetation and several lakes before reaching Matlock Lake via the Matlock Lake Trail. This hike is features countless views.

The Kearsarge Pass Trail is very popular. The trail starts out in a desert environment, then gradually ascends into a sparse eastern Sierra forest. It passes several large lakes, Little Pothole Lake and Gilbert Lake,  before reaching the junction with the Matlock Lake Trail.

Turn left onto the Matlock Lake Trail and immediately pass by Flower Lake before crossing over a small ridge and reaching the Matlock Lakes. The trail descends down to the lakes, with several spur trail leading around them. For the best views and campsites, take the middle trail between both lakes. Here gaze up at the jagged mountains above and the granite-rimmed lake below.

You can hike off-trail quite easily up here and explore several of the other smaller lakes in the area, such as Slim Lake with it's turquoise blue water.

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1453 '

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1723 '

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7.8 miles
added on 10/2017

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