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Off-trail to Upper Davis Lake

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0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 323' 98 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 10,259' 3,127 m
Low: 9,959' 3,036 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)

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Trail shared by Lee Watts

Off-trail around lower Davis Lake and up steep, flower-covered slopes to upper lake beneath the Mt. Davis glacier.

Lee Watts

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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No campfires are allowed.

Description

If you have made it to lower Davis Lake, you should definitely run the length of the east shore. The gorgeous, flower-covered meadows are a place to linger as long as you can. There is no trail, but it is easy; so just choose your own route. To get to upper Davis Lake, there is a 30-foot-tall rock that you have to run around near the south end of the lake. On the other side, drop immediately back to the lake and cross the stream coming down from the melting snow.

From there, it is only 0.3 miles and a 300-foot elevation gain to reach the upper lake. Look at the low point in the ridge directly in front of you (west). There is a slope with low bushes that climbs most of the way. Just to the right of that, there is a more grassy, flower-covered slope. Take the grassy slope. It is steep, but, if you choose the right route, is not at all dangerous. Near the top, you'll need to wind your way a little among the rocks on the right, but stay fairly close to the low notch. The rocks are more rugged if you stray too far to the right (north). You'll arrive at a point about 20-30 feet above the lake, with an easy run down.

There are only a few good campsites here near the outlet, but you'll probably have the lake to yourself. On the south side, a large (for the Sierras) glacier drops down directly into the lake from the top of the ridge.

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The near side of Lower Davis Lake is surround by green and flowery alpine meadows. You can reach Upper Davis Lake by climbing up the slopes on the far left-center of the picture.
Aug 15, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Upper Davis Lake
Aug 15, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Looking north across lower Davis Lake towards the Koip Crest
Aug 15, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA

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