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Cottonwood Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (23)

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


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6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

94%

Runnable

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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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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Oct 27, 2018
Eric Riehl
Good for running. One difficult section. Took South Fork on the way back but not as good for running. 10.7mi