California’s Great Beyond

Lee Vining Creek Trail

Enjoy this short, easy hike out of the mountain town of Lee Vining and get to see iconic Mono Lake from an entirely different perspective. This hike is especially scenic in the late summer, fall and early winter months. The trail decends through sagebrush scrub to the banks of Lee Vining Creek and then follows the creek upstream toward the northern end of town. The entire walk, only about 2.2 miles, has about 200 feet of elevation change and is extremely easy. Getting here: Sitting directly along HWY 395, just keep your eyes out for the Mono Basin Visitor Center and talk with the friendly folks there to see where the best place to park and start is.