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Convict Lake, Mammoth Lakes

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Convict Lake is a lake in the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada in California, United States. It is known for its fishing and the dramatic mountains (including Mount Morrison) that surround the lake. Its surface lies at an elevation of 7850ft.The lake was named after an incident on September 23, 1871, where a group of convicts escaped from prison in Carson City. A posse, from Benton, led by Deputy Sheriff George Hightower, encountered the convicts near the head of what is now Convict Creek. Posse member Robert Morrison, a Benton merchant and Wells Fargo Agent, was killed in the encounter, and Mount Morrison was named after him. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.RecreationConvict Lake is known for its fishing, including Rainbow trout, German brown trout, and a species of sucker fish. Due to the high demand of fishing in the lake and stream, the lake is stocked once a week during the summer with rainbow trout, supplied by nearby hatcheries. There is a three-mile trail for hiking around the lake and a trail that connects the lake to the Sierra Crest.
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  • Hike this place, please. The lake is gorgeous with a short Loop around the lake 2-3 miles. The Convict creek trail ascends into the John Muir wilderness and offers amazing views and challenging hiking...  more »
  • My husband and I went to Convict Lake and we were amazed by its beauty. We went for a hiking. The trail is easy and well planned. We took 2h20 walk to make the full circle of the lake. The views are b...  more »
  • it's very easy to get to from the hwy! some gorgeous views....easy walking/hiking trails around the lake..there's trout in the water for those seeking them as well..it's definitely a hidden gem...ther...  more »

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