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McGee Pass Trail to Steelhead Lake ~ Eastern Sierra

McGee Creek Road, Crowley Lake, California

Admin: Damara Ann

The region referred to as the Eastern Sierra stretches from the town of Lone Pine, California to the Nevada state line. Highway 395 runs over 200 miles through the majority of it. This area is one of the most beautiful and spectacular places to ride in California. Mono County and the surrounding Eastern Sierra provide the best show of glowing golden-orange-crimson fall colors in the western United States. Trailhead begins at an elevation of 7,800 feet. McGee Pass Trail is one of the area’s most popular trails for spring wildflowers. It is a favorite among fall leaf peepers as well. Many choose to go as far as the Beaver Pond, lunch and come back. This provides views of most of the spring wildflowers or fall foliage. You may continue on over McGee Pass to Horse Heaven and beyond. For this ride, I chose to depart from the McGee Pass Trail at about 3 1/2 miles and head up to Steelhead Lake. This is one of the prettiest high altitude (10,385 ft) lakes in the John Muir Wilderness. Round trip for this ride is approximately 12 miles.

TRAIL HEAD

McGee Pass Trailhead

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Day Ride - Trails Only / No CampingEffort level - Easy, Beginner|Moderate

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Porta-potty's / Pit Toilets

-- No Water / Bring your own water

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- No Horse Containment Available

-- Pack in / Pack out

TYPE OF LAND

- Public Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

- Lake access

Type of Footing on the trails

- Meadow, Grass

- Gravel, Rock

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Mountains, Hard Climbs

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

May through October

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