Gardisky Lake Trail

HARD 10 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 only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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


7 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.

8 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.

8 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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Monday, September 14, 2015