Today we hiked the Loop Trail that circles Convict Lake, just south of Mammoth Lakes, California. There is easy access to Convict Lake from U.S. 395, which partially explains why SO Many people visit the lake. Mostly for the fishing, but also for the sheer beauty and a feeling that your deep in the Sierras, even though your just 2-3 miles from the highway.
The hike itself is about 3.4 miles if you start at the trailhead. It is rated as “moderate”because, although the trail rises and falls as it circles the lake, there is not a tremendous amount of elevation gain. Even so, “moderate” or even easy to some may not be the case to others. For us, who are woefully out of shape, this hike was more of a training exercise now that we are on the road full-time and was a perfect length and workout. And the nearly constant and changing view of the lake as we hiked made it quite enjoyable.