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Best trails in Ansel Adams Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Ansel Adams Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 42 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 29 hard trails in Ansel Adams Wilderness ranging from 7.2 to 53.2 miles and from 7,237 to 13,064 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Parker Lake Trail
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Parker Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#2 - Shadow and Ediza Lakes Trail
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
Note: The road leading to the trailhead closes in the winter so please check with the park before visiting.Show more
#3 - Thousand Island Lake
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 8 h 23 m
Microspikes and trekking poles are highly recommended. A permit is required if you wish to stay overnight on this trail.Show more
#4 - Thousand Island Lake via PCT
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
This is a backpacking trip through the Ansel Adams Wilderness along the Pacific Crest Trail to Thousand Island Lake with nearby day-hikes focused around Banner Peak. Day hikes include a secluded pondShow more
#5 - Ediza Lake Loop Trail
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. 10 h 40 m
Ediza Lake Loop Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionShow more
#6 - Silver Lake to the Minarets Loop
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 30.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
Silver Lake to the Minarets Loop is a 30.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#7 - Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 7 h 56 m
Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake via the John Muir Trail Dogs are allowed in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, but are not allowed in wilderness areas in adjacent national parks.Show more
#8 - Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a numbeShow more
#9 - Mammoth Crest Loop
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 7 h 10 m
Mammoth Crest Loop is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, campinShow more
#10 - Donohue Pass via Rush Creek and John Muir Trail
Ansel Adams Wilderness
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Length: 25 mi • Est. Multi-day
Donohue Pass via Rush Creek and John Muir Trail is a 25 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced advenShow more
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