California’s Great Beyond

Starkweather Lake Trail

For a good workout hike that's easy to drive to and has massive sweeping views, try the Starkweather Lake Trail. It begins at the gorgeous Minaret Vista lookout -- a destination in itself for the expansive panorama -- and drops 1,000 feet in 2.2 miles, ending at Starkweather Lake in the Reds Meadow Valley. Hiking back up is where the workout comes in. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours getting a feel for the Reds Meadow area.