Virginia Lakes to Summit Pass is a beautiful but relatively difficult trek that gains 1100 feet in elevation and is approximately 8 miles, round trip. The trail passes an historic miner's cabin, a number of alpine lakes, (Blue, Cooney, and Frog Lakes) and offers beautiful views of the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite back-country. Stream crossings and switchbacks up a talus slope are part of this hike's challenge.
The road to Virginia Lakes is off US Hwy 395 near the top of the Conway Summit, between the towns of Bridgeport and Lee Vining. Drive right to the end of Virginia Lakes Rd. to the parking lot where the trail-head starts behind the restrooms.