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Beautiful trail the entire way!

on Parker Lake Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Fairly easy hike with a beautiful small lake at the end

hiking
1 month ago

Like others have mentioned, the beginning of this hike is a little steep, but isn’t too bad. I haven’t hiked in a year and was able to hike the incline in the beginning just fine while carrying my newborn in the baby carrier. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the lake. In my opinion the Mountain View and the creek that you hike along are much more beautiful than the lake itself. With that being said, the lake does look pretty good during sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an excellent hike although it was a little bit hard.

Snowy and gorgeous. That 300 ft drop before the switchbacks is somewhat demeaning at altitude, but oh well. Saw a herd of bighorn sheep! Views from the top are awesome.

Loved this trail! There is a bit of an incline in the beginning, but after that it is smooth sailing. Be advised there are no bear lockers at the trailhead (though we were told it wasn’t a problem during the day). This time of year was especially pretty with the changing leaves. Would have loved to stay longer! Next time we will pack a picnic.

Beautiful! I was so stoked to be there I ran half way around the rim.

This trail came in on my Suunto as 14.8 miles RT and quite a bit more elevation gain/loss than is shown here. Like others have said the gate adds on 1.82 miles each direction. Also like others have said the elevation gains and losses are all fairly gradual so if you're a fit and experienced hiker this one is incredibly enjoyable and you can make good pace! We were done with the whole thing in under 7 hrs which included a 35 minute lunch on the summit. This trail far exceeded my expectations on scenery as well!

on Parker Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

If you are brand new to hiking (like I am) it’s does take an effort to make it thru, but is absolutely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a good beginner 14er. I hiked this trail then drove to Nevada and hiked Boundary Peak the same day. Started at 6:57AM got to the summit and back to the car in 4h 23 minutes including breaks, lots of photos and videos (4 h 3 min moving). I stayed in Big Pine area and drove up in the morning. A better approach is to get to the trailhead before sunset so you don't have to drive the dirt/rocky road in the dark and camp or sleep in the car before hiking this trail.

I got a flat tire on the way when a rogue rock puncture the side of one of the tires. Make sure you have a spare tire that is aired up and ready. Luckily my rental SUV had a good spare tire and I was able to switch it out and was on my way. Go slow on the road.

Because it is easy 14er, it is still a 14er and you need to train and be prepared for this mountain. It can be windy and cold. Also hiking 13-14 miles is a slog. Take your time and have fun.

hiking
1 month ago

fantastic Trail, beautiful all the way around the rim. Great panoramic views of the lake. Two important words of caution. Number one be careful if you use Google Maps to navigate to the trailhead, it took us down a pretty narrow dirt road that scuffed sides of our vehicle, instead just watch for the signs pointing to the crater and take that road. Second, we didn't see any bugs at the trailhead so we full heartedly left our insect repellent behind, halfway through the hike at the best panoramic view of the lake we were besieged by flies.

hiking
1 month ago

RIM NOT RECOMMENDED FOR DOGS. We/I did the crater rim. Started with my three Whippets & my largest started limping & sitting a lot early on. Then we discovered that his paws had been cut by the obsidian on the trail, so the dogs returned to the car with my wife. The rim trail is very loose pea sand so its like walking on a beach. The views are amazing, this is one of the few places where you can see & photo all of Mono Lake. Best time to hike it is early morning when it is cool & few if any others are using the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Started around 2am on the equinox with almost full moon. Water in the hose bladder/reservoir got frozen during last mile or so (chill factor was high 20's). There are like 2 spots on the summit if you want to set tent there. I vomited 25 min from summit, which made me feel better (if you eat/snack take a break of hiking in these elevation). Hike mileage is 15 miles and starts at 11687'. Took us 10 hrs round trip (all of us made it to Whitney summit). A guy bike down in ~1hr. Super beautiful scenery! Stop at Ancient Bristlecone visitor center :)

Warning!! Not a good loop! Once you hit the ski runs turn around and take the same trail back to your car. We ended up walking down a steep downhill dusty road and then back along the main road through town. Would not recommend.

Excellent hike ,had lunch at lake no bugs because of time of year

Spectacular views of the Owens Valley and the Sierras.

We just finished the trail and just about completed the whole loop. The track down from ski lift wasn’t great but offered some more great views from a different angle. We finished with a very short stretch of road as wanted to go back via shop! Following gps was good advice

hiking
2 months ago

Hard uphill for first 30 min. Gorgeous trail that comes out to June Lake mid ski lodge. Wanted to do loop so put on GPS. Easy to follow map. Goes down road. Would recommend in and out hike for the beauty.

2 months ago

We had a wonderful guided tour with Ranger Jacqueline Ramirez. This is an absolutely beautiful Trail. We tried to hike up now coughing but it was just too strenuous. Even if you go a little way the views are spectacular

on Parker Lake Trail

2 months ago

Very pretty views of Parker Creek and Mono Lake. Starts out with minimal shade and a little rocky incline. Actually gets easier, more shade and prettier forest and river views as you get closer to the end. Beautiful lake. Very pretty wildflowers in June. Excellent little day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it yesterday. When we arrived June Lake, we did not have much time left for the day so decided to do this one, instead of the originally planned Fern Lake Trail. We followed the reviewers' advice and turned around when we hit the ski lift area (1.2 mile). The view overlooking the June Lake and Gull Lake was very nice. The trail itself was not difficult, and we're pretty fit and fast hikers in general, but the first uphill was a little drag for us than usual, since we were just getting out of the car after sitting for 6 hours till right before, and we were from the very sea level (a few blocks away from the Bay), so felt the altitude difference. We left the trail head at 5:40 pm, reached the turnaround point (ski area) at 6:50 pm, and got back down to the trail head at 7:35.pm, exactly as we planned since the sunset time was around 7:30 pm. Very nice sunset mood. No single hikers on the trail.

The initial uphill was tough but rewarding when you get to the top. I agree with a previous reviewer that you should treat this as an out and back - when you hit the sky fields turn back.

The trail is not marked down through the chalet and down the road, it wasn’t very scenic going down the dirt road and the offshoot trail hasn’t been maintained in a long time - we only managed with GPS and then you’re on the shoulder of the road.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is best early in the morning so that shadows are cast between the inner and outer rings of the crater. You also get better visibility for Mono Lake. This is a fast, beautiful hike you should try to fit into any Mono Lake trip.

Great family hike, ages 4-68 this time

Great hike, elevation gain at beginning. we went to the left, found nice beach area about 3/4 down the lake. Kept going towards waterfalls and found beautiful rock piles. Kids (14, 13, and 7) were tired and wanted to go back. Put repellant on as soon as you get near the creek, lots of mosquitos.

hiking
3 months ago

reminded me of biblical depiction of Hell. much smoke from the nearby forest fires. piles of loose jagged rocks jumbled with pumice, obsidian and various other. fascinating, but not fun today

3 months ago

Very nice trail . Not as challenging but very good for acclinatizing and conditioning if you intend to hike other 14ers . The multi colored mountain and the 360 views are awesome. The bristlecone pine trees ... the oldest living thing in the world is found on the way up

hiking
3 months ago

The first part is a steady incline. Not too bad if you are an average hiker. Dog friendly. First part is not covered from the sun but there are spots of shade. Beautiful view. Lake is beautiful and the ducks definitely have some attitude with my dogs.

great reward of parker lake at the end for relatively short and easy hike

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