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Hilton Lakes 3 and 4

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2)

Short, steep climb to two large prestine alpine lakes with great camping.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

79%

Runnable

10,372' 3,161 m

High

10,113' 3,082 m

Low

323' 99 m

Up

64' 20 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. They can be obtained at recreation.gov, or after July 1st, walk-in permits will be available. No campfires are allowed

Description

On the Hilton Lakes Trail, about 1/2 mile below the high point, the sign at a trail junction points uphill to Lakes 3 and 4 and on down the trail to Lake 2. That means the large lake farther down the trail is Lake 2 and Davis Lake would be Lake 1, except no one calls it that. The Lakes 3 and 4 trail is well maintained, but its many rock steps make the up and down a little harder.

It is possible to avoid much of the climb by taking a rough, off-trail shortcut from the Hilton Lakes Trail. However, this requires climbing over 100-200 yards of large talus rocks. Start from roughly 200 yards from where the trail begins to drop significantly. Once across the talus, angle gradually up until you meet the Lakes 3 and 4 trail. I saw some ducks (2-3 rocks in piles) that show people have gone this way before, but there were not enough of the ducks to clearly mark a route.

From Lake 3, the trail climbs along and then over a low ridge. On the ridge there is an unsigned junction with a clearly visible, but unmaintained trail that leads to the upper Hilton Lakes. From the ridge, our trail drops slightly to cross Hilton Creek and then climbs slightly to Lake 4. There are some good camp sites at both Lakes 3 and 4.

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Lee Watts

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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in Bishop

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From Lake 3 and 4 trail looking towards Davis Lake. Hilton Lake 2 is barely visible above the rocks in the bottom left
Jun 21, 2021 near Mammoth…, CA
Mt Huntington from Hilton Lakes.
Jul 11, 2021 near Mammoth…, CA
Hilton Lake 3 with edge of ridge leading to Mr. Huntington in left center.
Jun 15, 2021 near Mammoth…, CA
Hilton Lake 4 is directly below the edge of the ridge leading to Mt. Huntington.
Jun 15, 2021 near Mammoth…, CA

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