hiking
icy
scramble
snow
19 hours ago

Completed June 1, 2020 - significant amount of deep snow, difficult to find trail so GPS is a must. Thousand Island Lake still frozen, but an absolute sight to behold. Recommend going counter clockwise

The last 10-miles to tailhead is a bumpy, windy single lane road with lots of potholes. Beautiful trail to the lake, some snow still on the trail. Make sure you download the map as it is easy to lose the trail.

My hubby and I did this late July 2019. We got a late start (noon) starting at the Rush Creek trail head near Silver Lake CG making our way up to Agnew Lake. We stayed on the trail East of Agnew. The climb up with 12 or 13 switchbacks was brutal with no shade and our packs.....for us inexperienced backpackers. fortunately we had a very prepared and knowledgeable guide to help us along the way and we made it to Clark Lakes where we camped for the evening. The next morning we made our way down the trail to where it meets up with PCT and followed that into Thousand Island Lakes where we camped out until our one day journey same way back to the Rush Creek trailhead the next day. The entire hike was beautiful and worth every ache and pain.

September 2019. Amazing scenery which just kept getting better as we hiked onward. Hiked in and out in one day - doable for a weekend hiker like me, but most people we passed were backpacking along the trail.

Did this trail from August 25 to October 2, 2019. It was an amazing experience. A great way to get into Yosemite while avoiding their crazy permit system.

hiking
6 months ago

We tried to go this hike on 11/12 and Minaret Rd. is closed past Mammoth Mtn. We couldn’t get through. Not sure if you can get there on Postpile Rd. this time time of year. That may be closed for winter as well.

The plan was to hike to ediza from rush creek to summit Mount Ritter via SE Glacier. I fell short due to a late start so I camped at the far end of thousand island. The next day I hiked over to lake Catherine on Banners west side to attempt a summit. Wasn’t able to do so so I checked out the west slope of Ritter. Beautiful area, the hike from rush creek to thousand island kicked my butt with a 60lb pack.

hiking
7 months ago

spectacular!!!!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

This was a solid day hike we completed on 10/11/19. The views and scenery on this hike are wonderful! Lots of vibrant colors and stunning views. The trail had at least 5 water crossings which was water flowing down the hill and over and through the trail. These crossing were often partially frozen and created beautiful icicles. What I loved about this hike were the leaves changing to fall colors, colorful and plentiful flowers, cool rock formations, great views and the lakes are a jewel! Below is a link to the one day trip! https://youtu.be/ioi05J3rduE

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Took the Pacific Crest High Trail there and the meadow trail back along the creek. It’s an amazing hike and backpacking trip as well as an amazing exercise for your legs!

Ok! So I did this trail (Oct 4 & hiked back out Oct 6) last weekend, here are some pointers: this route is probably the easiest way to reach 1000 Islands, during this time of year it is COVERED in butterflies, the hike in/out is STUNNING with sweeping views of the mountain ranges, there is no shuttle from Mammoth Ski Resort this time of year so you just park at the Agnews Meadows trailhead (after a $10 car fee). Just continue to follow the trail markers for the PCT and 1000 Island Lake. Super dog friendly hike, didn’t have any issues. TOTALLY RECOMMEND! P/s VERY cold at night during this time of year (hit 19 degrees the first night). And yes, permit needed. Got mine from the Ranger Station in Mammoth Welcome Center.

backpacking
7 months ago

Incredible scenery, great trails, beautiful lakes.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the best hikes I've ever done! Stunning view at the end. The first couple miles are rough due to the steep elevation gain, but it gets a lot better afterwards!

Went up to Thousand Island two consecutive days! The first day I took the much harder Shadow, Garnet and Thousand Island loop but I heard from hikers how much easier the PCT route was so I decided I couldn't leave Agnew Meadows without checking out this route too! I thought this way would be harder cause it starts ascending but once you get past the switchbacks you go up gradually as it starts to level off and you get a great view of the Minarets and Shadow lake on the other side. Since the trail starts at high elevation there isn't anymore crazy gains in elevation making this a long but enjoyable trail. I took it out and back and it was way easier than the loop. But both ways are beautiful and full of memories.

This loop is much harder than the PCT or Highline trail route. I had gone past Ediza lake last trip and had seen the JMT going up to Garnet Lake and Thousand Island and decided seeing two lakes was better than one and also passing Shadow lake as a bonus. But this turns out to be the hardest route to Thousand Island. I came down the River Trail but that would have also been an easier option going up the River trail and coming down Garnet and Shadow lake. Trough Shadow Creek trail its ascending most of the way starting going up at the pass to Shadow Lake then more ascending all the way to Garnet then you descend down to the lake and ascend back up again. But once you do get to Garnet the hard work starts paying of as you pass Garnet and some smaller lakes on the way to Thousand Island. Thousand Island and Garnet looked similar real nice lakes I took a quick swim in both. It was real cold water but Thousand Island seemed colder it made me want to jump out in like a minute but still dipped in it.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely worth the effort! Took the loop route solo backpacking via Shadow Creek trail staying right of trail along creek past Ediza/Garnet/Shadow junction. Nice trek to Ediza and seversl shallow stream crossings to get around to spproved camping area. Stunning views, especially 6am. nice sites at Garnet and past Thousand Island on PCT southbound. last day hiked the 7miles on the High Trail which has THE MOST stunning views/backdrop of all the alpine lakes visited. So recommend the clockwise route. Several variations routes including meeting up with River Trail below the Garnet outlet or again past TI. This is a challenging trail with slippery and steep granite steps, crumbly trail, scree and sand/dirt. the PCT south/High Trail does have meadow springs crossing the trail in about 8 spots where there is risk of mud slips, just take your time. Water available pretty much ed ntire trail EXCEPT Ediza junction to Garnet Lake, 2 miles steep uphill, bring water. Lots of dayhikers to Shadow, Ediza and Thousand Island and narrow or rocky track passings. permits required for overnight. Taking the NB PCT or High Trail is an incredible shortcut to see the stunning crags, peaks and snow covered Minarets just w-3 miles in and lots of ridgeline/bluff tent sites. 10 essentials highly recommended.

backpacking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

2017 September

Ediza Lake by itself is an outstanding hike, but adding Iceberg Lake makes it even better. Early fall may be better than summer. I missed the incredible flower display, but there no bugs and the colors along the river and meadows were good enough. Being right under Ritter, Banner and the Minarets makes the views hard to beat.

Such a great hike. I have wanted to hike to Iceberg Lake for years. The views, especially Ediza and Iceberg are amazing. Big day hike 16 miles.

Backpacked to Thousand Island Lakes via River Trail over the weekend. Little to no bugs now that it’s cooler. Lucky for us almost no wind at camp but it was chilly low 30s at night. Trail was easy to follow. Getting there was a slog but incline was gradual. A beautiful, scenic trail with a gorgeous reward :)

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked this on Monday and the views were out of this world amazing but the wind was TERRIBLE. Do not hike this on a day when 60 MPH winds are projected! The winds and my lungs burning made for a very long and harder then usual hike but those views! Best I’ve seen in the Mammoth area. The slogs uphill were not to bad all considered. The trail was hard to follow in the scree areas past Deer Lakes though. Check out my blog for the whole tall tale. http://hungrymountaineer.com/elk-sweet-potato-chili/

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