Laurel Lakes Road #4S86
ElevationAscent: 2,740' 835 m
Descent: -277' -85 m
High: 10,039' 3,060 m
Low: 7,307' 2,227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“This 4WD “road” doubles as an idyllic trail for runners looking to get in some mileage and vertical feet.”— Adam Hodges
To get there, take Highway 395 south from Mammoth and turn right on Sherwin Creek Road. Drive along this dirt road for a few miles until you reach Laurel Lakes Road. Park here and get ready to run.
Follow Laurel Lakes Road as it switchbacks up the hillside and disappears into the valley. After climbing about a mile and a half, the trail flattens out a bit and takes you through a grove of aspen trees. After about three miles from the start, the grade steepens again with another set of switchbacks. At about 4.5 miles, you reach the high point with a view of the two Laurel Lakes down below. Descend a short section to the lakes to complete the 5.1-mile trail.
Take a dip in the lake to cool off or fill up your water bottle if you brought a filter. Then turn around and run back down to the starting point for a 10.2-mile out-and-back (up-and-down) run with about 3,000 vertical feet gained and lost.
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