After thoroughly exhausting ourselves at Mammoth on Saturday – and neglecting the mutt, who spent the day lounging on her double mattress bed in the back of the truck – we felt a ‘moderate’ hike was in order on Sunday. So we headed north to Virginia Lakes trailhead, located at a very cool 9,800 feet. It had been years since I last checked this trail out, and remembered lots of lakes, and a pass. While the pass is unnamed in our Tom Harrison map, the lakes are – Blue, Cooney and Frog(s)…among others further in.
The trail itself provides a lot of bang for the buck. Pretty lakes? Check. Awesome vistas? Got those too.
There’s even a random abandoned cabin on the trail whose provenance is curious – old mining place? Tired hiker? A bandit’s hideout?
The pass-with-no-name quickly drops about 1,000 feet to a junction where you can either head up to Summit Lake or down to Hoover Lakes. Due to time we decided to head back, but we’re already thinking about coming back and doing it as a car shuttle, perhaps in the autumn when the leaves change.