Lundy Canyon Trail #24E01
ElevationAscent: 2,009' 612 m
Descent: -66' -20 m
High: 10,119' 3,084 m
Low: 8,176' 2,492 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 80% (39°)
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“One of the best runs in the eastern Sierra Nevada to see fall colors.”— Bruce Hope
The trail starts at a sign board at the end of Forest Road 2N01, passes through a grove of small aspen trees (where it has been re-built after being obliterated by a mud slide), and in a half-mile, climbs to a rocky outcrop with a great view of the first waterfall.
It continues climbing past a small pond above the first falls and in about 1.5 mile passes through a grove of remarkably huge quaking aspens. Look for the old trapper's cabin alongside the trail here.
Past this grove, the trail continues climbing easily through more groves and open meadows until, at less than two miles from the trailhead, you pass the second and then the third falls. Both are tumbling cascades rather than direct drops but both are very charming nonetheless.
Just above the falls, a little over 2 miles from the trailhead, you'll reach a rocky bench with a great view up and down-valley. If your goal is just to see fall color, this is a good place to turn-around following lunch or a snack.
The trail continues on through some short switchbacks, then a long climbing traverse, and finally makes a steep, scree-laden ascent to Lake Helen. This climb isn't worth it for fall colors but may be of interest if you're looking for a non-quota way into the Hoover Wilderness.
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office
Oct 7, 2019: The Inyo National Forest Plans Fall Prescribed Fires
Oct 6, 2019: Taboose Fire Update 10/07/19