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This is the most direct route from the Coso Mine Loop Trail
trailhead at Hungry Gulch Campground to the top of Isabella Peak and back. Being a loop, you can take the western half of the Coso Mine Loop Trail
on the way back, which might add a tenth of a mile or so in distance.
Whether you're staying at a nearby campground or looking for a nice outing to stretch your legs on a journey through the southern Sierras, look no further.
Need to Know
You won't find much shade along this run, so bring water and sun protection, and consider avoiding the hottest temps in the middle or end of the day.
Short and sweet but good tread and rewarding views.
Just off CA 155/Wofford Heights Boulevard, look for the entrance to the Hungry Gulch Campground across from the Boulder Gulch Campground. Head through the gate for parking and the Coso Mine Loop Trail
trailhead immediately to the left with a couple Nat'l Forest signs and mileages. (There is also a dirt pull-off just past the entrance if the gate is closed.)
The Coso Mine Loop Trail
heads up the hill, following the contours with a few switchbacks to make the ascent more manageable. Heading clockwise on the loop (as mapped), you'll come to a junction after 0.3 miles with the loop continuing to the right and the Isabella Peak Trail
heading left (southwest).
Turn left and continue on the Isabella Peak Trail
as it flattens nicely for a bit before a couple short and steep hilly sections to the top of the peak. There are a couple viewpoints and benches along the way, but the peak offers an unobstructed view that's worth the extra distance.
Head back the way you came and consider turning left at the Coso Mine Loop Trail
to take the western half of the loop back to the start.
Shared By: Zander Göpfert