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Morgan Pass and Gem Lake

 4 votes

Length

8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers

93%

Runnable

Elevation

941' 287 m

Ascent

-942' -287 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

11,090' 3,380 m

High

10,259' 3,127 m

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

Shlomo Waser

Overview

This very scenic run starts at Mosquito Flat (elevation 10,200 ft), the highest trailhead in California. The run 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.
Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

This very scenic run 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 run 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 run 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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Sep 23, 2017
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#285

in California

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