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McGee Pass Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

14.1 mile 22.6 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,073' 1,241 m
Descent: -2,389' -728 m
High: 11,899' 3,627 m
Low: 7,859' 2,395 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

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

Miguel Vieira

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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Oct 28, 2018
Eric Riehl
Ran to the pass and back 16mi

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in Bishop

#392

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#56

in California

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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 Pass Trail offers a gorgeous look down the valley.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
The McGee Creek Cascades are worth the trip along the McGee Pass Trail.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA
A group of backpackers cruises switchbacks on McGee Pass.
Jan 6, 2017 near Mammoth…, CA

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