Minaret Lake is a 16 mile out and back trail located near Oakhurst, CA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October.
Spectacular and majestic.
Amazing views and a great place to get away. went last summer. The hike over to Iceberg Lake is rather difficult but enjoyed touching snow in August!
A hidden gem, one of the prettiest lakes scenery wise with all of the smaller pools creating an amazing place to hike or camp at. We left Reds Meadow on a 9 day hike over to Yosemite. We planned on hiking up and over Minaret to Iceburg and Ediza the next day, but the North facing bowls were still packed with snow even though it was late June. All that aside, the hike wasn't too grueling, but summer time mosquitoes left us looking like pigpen from the peanuts comic, but instead of clouds of dirt, it was blood thirsty skeeds. Other than that, epic trail with a pot of gold in the form of Minaret Lake. Fishing was great as well. Look for the highest triangular point in the range as you head up. That is where you'll end up.
Beautiful little lake in the Mammoth Area, and the ascent parallels a scenic, cascading stream. Once you reach the top, enjoy a slice of solitude in a geological wonderland. Great place to camp, and make sure you get up in time to catch the alpenglow...