Short hike from Lake George up to Mammoth Crest. Fantastic views of Mammoth Lakes and Sierra Mountains. Felt this would be a great point to photograph the Milky Way from, with Mammoth Crest in the foreground.
Short drive (20 minutes) from Mammoth Lakes Californis, with paved roads. Parking can be tight, so early arrival is advised. This is a popular trail, so you will have company. Some of the hikers will branch off to go to Crystal Lake, and Crystal Crag (rock climbing), so fewer people taking the Crest Trail. From the Crest it is possible to contine on the crest, droping down the the Deer Lakes Basin, up and out of the Basin on the other side, droping down to Duck Lake, and then back to Lake Mary via the Duck Lake Pass. This will make a ~14 mile loop, and then another couple of miles to get back to Lake george parking. Great hike.
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