If you are a fan of waterfalls, Lundy Canyon has numerous waterfalls on a very short hike along the trail. You can see waterfalls way up high below the peaks of the canyon wall and crashing water below the trail as you hike. All of this water makes its way into Mill Creek then into Lundy Lake near the end of the canyon.
Lundy Canyon is northwest of Mono Lake off of Highway 395. It is in the Inyo National Forest. Most of the road is paved around Lundy Lake, then it turns into dirt and gravel. At the end of the dirt road is a small parking area for maybe 10 vehicles. The trailhead is at the parking lot and there is a porta-potty there. We parked by the lake and hiked in. There are some nice views of the valley, wetlands, and other waterfalls along the dirt road.
Waterfalls abound in Lundy Canyon
From the trailhead it is approximate a 11/2 miles to base of the canyon where the trails get very steep. While the trail in the lower canyon is pretty good, there can be some steep spots and there are places of loose rock. When I hiked the trail in August, most if it was dry except for stream crossings. In the spring and early summer, if there has been a heavy snow, expect large portions to be very wet with flowing water over the trail.
There are logs over some of the wider creeks and streams. While the water tends not to be very deep, just be careful when crossing over the logs. Sometimes you can rock hop over the stream but some of the rocks can be slippery. The upper part of the canyon is part of the Hoover Wilderness area.
To get close to some of the larger waterfalls you will have to find a trail that will take you down the hill. Then you will have to push through some brush and willows to get stream-side. On my hike I encountered no mosquitoes and no rattlesnakes. It was really a nice, but short, hike. Within a span of 2 to 3 hours, you can see lots of waterfalls, spectacular mountain peaks, and a picturesque valley.