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This east-side Sierra Nevada canyon is less crowded than the more popular canyons, but no less beautiful.


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Map Key

14.1

Miles

22.6

KM

81%

Runnable

11,899' 3,627 m

High

7,859' 2,395 m

Low

4,073' 1,241 m

Up

2,389' 728 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

At the end of McGee Creek Road, take the McGee Creek Trail up through shrublands and aspen groves. As the trail climbs and turns west, you run through open meadows and pine forests beneath 12,000-foot peaks.

At 6.5 miles, the trail passes by Big McGee Lake, which is a popular camping spot.

From there, the trail heads west over increasingly alpine terrain, reaching 11,895-foot McGee Pass at 8.5 miles.

Beyond the pass, the trail descends to Fish Creek and Horse Heaven and then continues to its terminus at Tully Hole on the John Muir Trail.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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in Crowley Lake

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#95

in California

#729

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Photos

McGee Canyon looks utterly spectacular from the McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Pass Trail offers gorgeous views of Mount Crocker and Red and White Mountain.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
One of the many alpine meadows along McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 5, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Creek Cascades are worth the trip along the McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Pass Trail offers a gorgeous look down the valley.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
Hiking down to McGee Lakes from McGee Pass.
Jan 5, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
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Jun 26, 2021
Chris Leonetti
Took it to the pass + Red Slate. So rad.
Oct 28, 2018
Eric Riehl
Ran to the pass and back 16mi
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