I've been to the Little Lakes Valley many times and never tire of it. To find the trailhead, turn off 395 at Tom's Place (north of Bishop, CA) onto Rock Creek Rd. Go up, up, up, past Rock Creek Lake (shown here), to the very end of the road, a place called Mosquito Flat.
You'll be up at 10,000 feet elevation, where all the good stuff is. Very little elevation gain is involved in this hike.
The yellow flowers show my route this time - going south on the trail, then doing a semi-off-trail loop around two of the lakes - a total of about 4 miles round trip. There are many other choices and many other lakes that can be done from this trailhead.
The first lake you come to is Mack Lake. Believe it or not, this is the least scenic of the bunch.
Then comes Marsh Lake - a real jewel with marshy grasses and the Sierra Mountains in the background.
Up and over a small rise and you cross Ruby Creek to head down to Heart Lake.
At the head of Heart Lake, I left the main trail, and worked my way up to the foot of Box Lake on a secondary trail.
From there, you can walk along the shoreline to the first Hidden Lake.
And then to the second Hidden Lake.
Remember the red stuff I saw on my 20 Lakes Basin hike? Well, they have it here too - it seems to grow in the cracks of rocks and is more brilliant with the sun behind it.
Then, I went the rest of the way around the first Hidden Lake to the head of Box Lake, and got back on the main trail.
Looking down on Box Lake from the main trail.
Then back to Heart Lake where some water dogs were having a great time.