Getting together with some friends for a hiking vacation seemed like a good idea, so I sent out some emails and soon there were six of us - me, Chuck, Eric, Jim, John and Ramone - signed on for a week of hiking in the eastern Sierras. The plan was to rent a place in Mammoth and then every day select another day hike. In the evening we would tell stories about the heydays.

This website rates a bunch of hikes in the Eastern Sierras. I looked at its ratings when trying to select the best hikes in the Eastern Sierras. Lake Ediza is the top hike on the list, so I am glad that we did indeed do that hike - and it was spectacular. The original plan was to do five days of hiking and have one day of leisure, but we ended up visiting Devils Postpile National Monument and hiking a leisurely 11 miles on that "non-hiking" day!

We rented a condo in Mammoth West, which had ample space for the six of us. Plus, it had an outdoor grill so Ramone could work his BBQ wizardry. The condo complex had a jacuzzi, so we walked down there one evening to soak in the hot water.

Mammoth Lakes Hiking Itinerary

Saturday July 23, 2022

Drive to Mammoth Lakes

Everyone arrived safely at our Mammoth VRBO.

Ramone cooked up giant cheeseburgers.

Sunday July 24, 2022

Hike Twenty Lakes Basin

Distance: 9.1 mile (loop)

Elevation Gain: 275 feet around the loop.

Difficulty: easy-moderate

Ramone grilled filet mignon.

Monday July 25, 2022

Hike Little Lakes Basin

7.7 miles (round trip) to Gem Lakes

730-ft. to Gem Lakes

Difficulty: easy-moderate

Ramone grilled Coke-can chicken.

Tuesday July 26, 2022

Hike to Duck Lake Scenic Overlook

7.2 miles (round trip) to Duck Lake Viewpoint

1680-ft. to Duck Pass


Ramone grilled tri-tip steaks.

Wednesday July 27, 2022

Hike to Crystal Lake

3.1 miles (round trip) to Crystal Lake

833-ft. to Crystal Lake


Ramone grilled baby back ribs.

Thursday July 28, 2022

Visit Devils Postpile (Leisure Day)

We finished off the left overs from all previous nights BBQs.

Friday July 29, 2022

Hike Ediza Lake

13.4 miles (round trip) to Ediza Lake

1,225-ft. to Ediza Lake

Difficulty: strenuous

Dinner at Mammoth Brewing Company

Saturday July 30, 2022

Drive home

These are the hikes we did each day

ItemMileageElevation Gain
Hiking Day 1 - 20 Lakes Basin9.1 miles275 feet
Hiking Day 2 - Little Lakes Basin7.7 miles730 feet
Hiking Day 3 - Duck Pass7.2 miles1680 feet
Hiking Day 4 - Crystal Lake3.1 miles833 feet
Visit Devils Postpile11 miles500 feet?
Hiking Day 5 - Ediza Lake13.4 miles1225 feet
Grand Total51.5 miles5243 feet

This map shows the location of the selected trailheads with respect to Mammoth Lakes, which is where we would presumably rent a condo.