Virginia Lakes to Summit Pass Trek

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.

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Latitude: 38.0479728 Longitude: -119.2631578 Elevation: 9851 ft
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Alicia Vennos

Vertical Gain or Loss

1100 feet

Trail Distance

8 miles, round trip


If you look at Virginia Lakes Resort hiking map it shows that the trip to Summit Pass and back is only ~5.4 miles and an elevation change of over 1300 ft.

Z, 7/15/2010

Round trip distance to Summit Pass is about 11 miles (verified by a GPS track last weekend). The elevation gain on the way out is 1300 vertical feet and around 900 feet on the way back. The return climb to the pass is a bit steeper.

Sasha, 7/6/2015

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