In all honesty, I never give away my secrets. When I find a good place, a hidden gem, I tend not to tell anybody but close friends and family. However, McLeod Lake seems to have been “discovered” by both the locals of Mammoth and tourists alike, therefore I’m a bit more apt to share my adventure.
Found on the south side of Mammoth Lakes, close to the historical “Old Mammoth” area, you will stumble upon this beautiful lake. Found approximately six miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes Village, you will follow Mary Lake Road all the way there. Passing through the Twin Lakes & Mary Lake campgrounds, continue on towards Horseshoe Lake. The road dead ends at a large parking area, where you have ample vehicle for hiking, biking, and lake recreation.
Mammoth Lakes promotes the use of Eastern Sierra Transit, convenient public bus & trolley transportation to many tourist “hot spots.” This trailhead is a prominent stop for the Trolley. Environmentally forward in their community efforts to reduce environmental impact upon the beautiful wilderness, you can find more information here.
The trail leading up to Lake McLeod is just to the right of the main Forestry & Trailhead signs for Horseshoe Lake. The hike demands a steady, but not steep, uphill climb for about a 1/2 mile. You may arrive huffing and puffing, especially if you are not acclimated to the 9,000+ ft. elevation. Maybe this is why Lake McLeod is a place less traveled. Most people don’t like to walk or exert any effort to get somewhere. They like to step their foot out of the vehicle and arrive. I think the harder you have to work to get somewhere, the more glorious the experience!
Lake McLeod has a spur trail that circles around the lake, just before you arrive at the shoreline. There are endless sandy beach areas all around the lake to swim, picnic, or simply take in the astounding view!
The farther you go down the spur trail, the fewer people you will encounter. In fact, I think the beach at the far end of the lake is the nicest and most secluded of all the beach areas at Lake McLeod.
I didn’t jump in the tantalizing blue-ish turquoise water, although a few brave folk told me it was like bathwater. This fact was quite contrary to the noted rigid temperature of other nearby glacier lakes, so maybe that’s another reason Lake McLeod continues to top my Mammoth Lake chart.
Instead of swimming, I stopped for a quick yoga sesh, mostly because my back needed a good stretch after all the uphill hiking. Thanks to a fallen tree and my camera self-timer, I snapped a few quick pics of my favorite yoga poses. It’s hard not to give thanks to Pachamama in an awe-inspiring place like this! Mother Earth. Our home. Show gratitude and respect everyday.
Want to, like, connect with cosmic energy? Nataraja is another name for Shiva and his dance symbolizes cosmic energy. Natarajasana, or Lord of the Dance Pose.
Camatkarasana AKA Wild Thing; means “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.” A truly fantastic heart-opener!
Utkatasana comes from the Sanskrit utkata, which means “fierce, proud, high, haughty, superior, immense, large, difficult”—you get the idea. This is a variation of Utkatasana. I call it Praying Eagle. It’s a fusion of Eagle and Utkatasana. I’m all about creativity, who said yoga poses have to have rules?
Micah Lyn is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner HHP, Intuitive Healer and E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and KRI. She offers a variety of private yoga classes in Sedona AZ, yoga therapy and intuitive healing services at Pachamama Yoga ✨ Sedona Healing Center. Visit the YTT Programs & Workshops page to see upcoming Online & Hands-on Intensive Yoga Teacher Training, Virtual Online Yoga Workshops & Transformational Yoga Retreats featured worldwide.
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