Hilton Lakes Trail, Sunny Slopes

Directions: FROM HWY 395 (AT TOP OF SHERWIN GRADE IN MONO COUNTY) TAKE TOM'S PLACE/ SUNNY SLOPES EXIT.  GO UP/TOWARDS ROCK CREAK CANYON/LAKE.  APPOX. 9 MILES INTO CANYON.  AT ABOUT 8 MILES YOU WILL SEE ROCK CREEK STORE. ABOUT 3/4 OF A MILE PAST STORE YOU WILL SEE THE TRAIL HEAD ON THE RIGHT WITH A PARKING LOT ABOUT 200' PAST THE TRAIL HEAD ON THE RIGHT.

Trail Information: THIS IS A GREAT RUN IN THE BACKCOUNTRY (APPROX 7 MILES).  PASSES TWO LAKES AND A BEAUTIFUL MEADOW. APPROX. 1.5 MILES UP HILL 2 MILES OF FLAT LAND AND 3.5 MILES OF DOWNHILL.  THIS RUN WILL REQUIRE 2 CARS (ONE WAY RUN).   START AT ROCK CREAK TRAIL HEAD AND END AT CROWLEY LAKE FIRE STATION LOCATED AT NORTH END OF CROWLY LAKE DR. IN CROWLEY LAKE. 

Miscellaneous Information: OK TO WEAR CROSS-TRAINING RUNNING SHOES, BRING WATER, DON'T BRING A DOG UNLESS DOG IS WEARING DOG BOOTS.  SANDY TERRAIN AND DOWN HILL LIKE SAND PAPER ON DOG'S FEET (LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE, DOG COULDN'T WALK AFTER RUN). BRING BUG REPELLANT IF PLANNING TO STOP AT LAKES. HEAVY MOSQUITOS.  TIME IT TOOK ME: 2.5 HRS.  BEST TIME TO RUN WOULD BE IN THE FALL FOR FALL COLORS AND MINIMAL BUGS.

Mike Paranick