Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Ansel Adams Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Went on a hike in around noon (was very sunny and warm at that time) but the trail is fairly easy since the incline mainly occurs in the beginning and flattens out midway. The one thing is that there isn't much shade until the last half mile of the trail. The creek also appears several times, but at the end it gets more lush and wet so the bugs come out and we got bit a few times since we forgot bug spray.

We also brought our dog, who loved the hike and kept sniffing every plant and part of the trail on our way up. (side note: the hike was much longer than intended lol.)

The drive to the trail head is the part that could be improved for such a good view of the Parker Lake and Mono Lake on the way back. We drove a Tesla Model 3 and made it since it wasn't too busy and we drove slowly. The drive has more dips / and rocks on the last half mile to the trail head (after the fork in the dirt road). Parking is located at the trail head. I'd recommend a SUV.

Great hike for all ages. Scenery was mesmerizing.

Nice easy trail not far uphill there east back beautiful views.

backpacking
1 month ago

We stayed the night at Garnet lake VIA the JMT back in 2017. when we came up on Thousand Island and we knew we had to come back someday. We will be hiking back up from Silver lake this July. Can anyone tell us where is a good safe place to park for the trip? Thanks.

walking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail; however, it is a bit more moderate than the skill level mentions. While the trail is only 1.8 miles one way, the first half a mile on the way to the lake is very rocky and fairly steep. We did enjoy the view of the gorgeous lake!

It was a beautiful trail, completely worth it. Not to mention the lake at the very end, wow breathtaking. Don't be discouraged in the beginning, it's a bit of an incline but trust that it's the correct trail.

hiking
1 month ago

For planning purposes ... it’s a dirt road to get to the trailhead. As others have said, the first 0.75 miles are steep and exposed (no shade). I live at 400 feet elevation so I definitely felt the altitude. The hike is worth it though. You can hear the creek rushing from the trail and the mountain lake at the top is spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging at the beginning, but once you make it past the initial incline it’s a very enjoyable hike. The view at the end is beautiful and there are some obstacles along the way that make it more enjoyable. Very dog friendly too.

backpacking
3 months ago

The first time I did this hike, I was 10 years old and I never forgot it. It remains branded in my head. Now, I’m in my 50’s and its beauty hasn’t changed.

backpacking
3 months ago

I backpacked through this trail a few years back before it was on alltrails. I was hoping to keep traffic down on it, so I never added it. Now that it IS on alltrails I guess Ill give my opinion. This is my all time favorite trail for a weekend trip! its a pretty good climb up to Lower Sardine lake, but well worth it. There are some beautiful water falls on the way up and the fishing at lower sardine was awesome. We caught 4 fish (brookies)in a matter of 15 mins. We camped at Lower Sardine the first night, there is a good spot at the North end of,the lake. I recommend climbing up to Upper Sardine and checking out the view from up there. We were getting picked up in Yosemite, so we continued over to Parker Pass and camped a second night over there. The light blue waters in the surrounding ponds were really cool.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and was able to take the dog with us. She did great and enjoyed the shallow creeks. Awesome view at the end of the trail.

Spent a rest day here. Beautiful area and great fishing.

backpacking
6 months ago

I’ve backpacked Thousand island lakes so many times it never gets old. The views and hike in and out are amazing.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike !

hiking
7 months ago

Just missed the fall colors! But still a beautiful hike. Went mid morning and the weather was cool but perfect for hiking. First mile or so is when you gain the 600 or so elevation and then it is mostly easy and along a stream. Able to accomplish it slowly with a bad knee. Would be great for kids, dogs, and us creakier ones too!

One star because you suck at the internet?

Awesome Trail uphill and through some open brush ground from parking lot about a mile and then your next to the creek outlet from parker lake and then you get to the lake and you can hike around it to the left or right back to the trail you came in on... really beautiful in the fall season suggest going in afternoon and coming back as sun sets its really nice views

on Parker Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

This hike has several factors that make it a (5) star hike: Incredible vistas, beautiful natural features and a great payoff at the end. It was approximately 3.5 miles to Parker Lake, so it is approximately 7 miles round-trip.

I would describe this hike as very accessible and it is appropriate for a variety of ages / fitness levels; That said, the only negative is that the hike is well-traversed, so expect to see lots of people on the trail. Despite the amount of people who visit, the trail is surprisingly clean!

Have fun!

Hiked this with my family. Beautiful creek in the Aspen Trees on the way up. Stunning view of the Parker Lake and waterfalls above. Awesome view of Mono Lake on the way back down. Would love to visit again.

From Silver Lake, following the Rush Creek trailhead it looks deceptive on the map. Do not be fooled. This is a relentless climb to the lake. If you are back packing I strongly suggest an early start. If they have closed the south route around Agnew you have hard climbing. I recommend spending the night at the larger of Clark Lake where you can also catch dinner.

There are two brutal switchbacks before Clark. They will help make up your mind whether to push on or camp.

Thousand Island is worth the pain to get there. If you are camping you are limited to the west side. We day holed from Clark so we swam around the islands. Great fun. The downside is that because of the spectacular scenery it is well travelled. You will not be alone.

backpacking
9 months ago

I've hiked 1,000 miles of the PCT and JMT and I would rate this trail as difficult. There is a closure around Agnew lake because of dam repair so you have to take the north side detour which adds about 4 miles. It's a full day to get to 1,000 island. Enjoy!

Really nice hike

trail is closed as of June 30th where it turns into spooky meadow trail. The detour adds about 5 miles

Amazing hike. Great with kids and a large group.

Wonderful hike on a great trail with mountain and lake views. Dog friendly. Surprising did not see many other hikers in August.

hiking
9 months ago

Great easy hike!

Nice and easy trail with lots of shade, amazing views of mono lake, and a great spot for a picnic at Parker lake.

super fun. nice fun cardio workout. did some fishing but nothing brought the wrong bait.loll mosquito were terrible and they were hungry.... but it was nice being in nature. peace and quite.

backpacking
10 months ago

Where do I get a permit for the trail? Tried looking on Recreation.gov and can't find it. Thank you.

hiking
10 months ago

The Trailhead is from Walker Lake, you need to drive to the Walker Lake campground along Forrest Road 1S23. This road is a dirt road in reasonable condition, although when we went there was some residual storm damage from the winter, but our Toyota mini-van did manage the drive and by the time we left they had filled in the worst divets.

There is a nice campground at the end of the road, it will be obvious when you get there. A pit toilet is there and nice small campground if you want to spend the night before you set off. You start walking through the campground and within 50 feet on your right the trailhead takes you up immediately a small hill from which you can look down to Walker lake. You immediately start down a steep incline until you reach the bottom along the shore of Walker Lake. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.

The hike up to Lower Sardine Lake takes you every upwards with nice switchbacks, but this trail is not heavily used and parts are not well maintained. Small areas are washed out, fallen trees along trail and areas of significant overgrowth of brush. You will have 4 stream crossings and this year with the historical rains a few will challenge your balance with a heavy pack. Lots of wild flowers along the trail and the pleasant scents of wild oregano liven the senses. We did not scout any significant campsites at lower Sardine lake and went on to Upper Sardine. This is the most difficult part of the trail. Ice and Snow cover some of the most steep sections of trail and there is lots of scree and loose rocks to navigate to get up to Upper Sardine lake. This small section after already going up 2000 feet taxed us greatly.
At Upper Sardine Lake there are actually two lakes, plenty of quality campsites can be found, but the best are at the second of the two lakes which is actually Upper Sardine Lake. Great views of Mono Lake are a treat from the ridges on the east side of Upper Sardine lake (which is where the good campsites are). Upper Sardine has great quality fresh water that is constantly being fed from streams above.

We dropped our packs on day two and made the easy hike to Mono Pass and into Yosemite. This part of the trail is easy and beautiful. We then hiked to Parker Pass at 11,000 feet.

The hike out of Bloody Canyon was a real grind due to the areas of iced trail and attempting to find safe routes down the steepest, rockiest parts of the trail. As others have indicated the hike back up to the Walker Lake Campground from Walker Lake is a real work-out. It is a nice trail, but very few switchbacks and just straight back up to the campsite, it is a great cardiac stress test with a full pack.
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