Virginia Lakes

Virginia Lakes refers to a basin of lakes in the Eastern Sierra Nevada in Mono County, California.[1] Virginia Lakes is located a few miles off U.S. Highway 395; the road to the lakes turns off U.S. 395 at Conway Summit, roughly halfway between Bridgeport, California, to the north and Lee Vining, California, to the south, in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The name can also refer to two lakes within the basin: Little or Lower Virginia Lake and Upper or Big Virginia Lake.

Virginia Lakes Basin
Virginia Lakes
Virginia Lakes Hoover Wilderness.jpg
Virginia Lakes from near the Sierra Crest
Floor elevation9,819 ft (2,993 m)[1]
Coordinates38°02′53″N 119°15′55″W / 38.04806°N 119.26528°W / 38.04806; -119.26528Coordinates: 38°02′53″N 119°15′55″W / 38.04806°N 119.26528°W / 38.04806; -119.26528
RiversVirginia Creek
Black Mountain, over Upper Virginia Lake, Virginia Lakes, California
Upper Virginia Lake, Virginia Lakes


Located in the Virginia Lakes area are a resort,[2] pack station,[3] and small community. Virginia Lakes is popular with anglers, hikers, and campers. A trail beginning at Virginia Lakes serves as a gateway to the Sierra backcountry and Yosemite National Park.[4]


The bodies of water in the Virginia Lakes Basin include Trumbull Lake, Red Lake, Blue Lake, Upper Virginia Lake, Little Virginia Lake, Cooney Lake, Moat Lake, and the Frog Lakes. These are all connected by the perennial Virginia Creek (not navigable).[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Virginia Lakes". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Virginia Lakes Resort".
  3. ^ "Virginia Lakes Pack Outfit".
  4. ^ "Hiking Trails". Virginia Lakes Resort.
  5. ^ "Favorite Local Trails Around Virginia Lakes" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  6. ^ Erdman, James. "Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide" (PDF). California Department of Fish & Game. Retrieved 15 November 2015.