Gardisky Lake Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Gardisky Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
754 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running


1 month ago

It really is straight up almost the entire way but so worth it! Three ponds surrounding the lake. Beautiful wild flowers, blue sky and incredible views. Careful if you try to walk to other side of the lake. There is a very large glacier that is difficult to traverse. You cannot walk all around the lake as some had suggested. The ground cover is too thick to pass through. The view of the canyon on the side of the lake is worth the walk.

There are brook trout in the lake but weather conditions can make it difficult to catch. There was a pretty strong breeze today blowing across the lake and down the canyon.

10 months ago

A very steep trail but as all great things it was worth the effort. The lake was beautiful with snow on some parts of the ground. We fished the whole lake and caught beautiful brook trout. Don't forget to walk around the whole lake. There is a little pond behind the lake with the most beautiful view of the valley below.

11 months ago

Steep, but not too difficult since it's so short (easier if you start early for shade). Lake is in a nice meadow. About halfway point for Tioga Peak.

11 months ago

Climbed to Gardisky Lake with a friend on August 9, 2017. At age 70, I found it tough going up, easy going down -- only about a half hour back to the road. Not knowing the trail, were about to turn back while going up when another hiker told us we were only about 500 yards from the lake. Steep switchbacks, glorious views and wildflowers, dramatic alpine meadow. Tried fly fishing, didn't catch anything even though fish were rising. Very rewarding.

Monday, July 31, 2017

First half mile was a bit tough.
Great view at the end.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Awesome lake. Good trout fishing too! I would rate this as easy since it is so short.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

I loved this hike. It's a sharp hike up at first but at the top you can take time and explore. I walked around the lake and crossed the valley for a windy view. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hiked up here with my dad to check out the view. The lake was really low when we got there, but it was an fun hike. The trail is mostly uphill and is much fast going down.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Short little hike, but all the elevation gain is at the beginning. Nice views from the top, cute little lake.

1 month ago

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Monday, September 14, 2015