Minaret Lake

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Minaret Lake is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.2 miles
2,851 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash








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5 months ago

One of the most rewarding views ever!

8 months ago

One of the prettiest Alpine Lakes I've seen on the west coast. I went during the height of summer and expected a lot of traffic on the trail, because the town was packed however it was quiet and peaceful. I would recommend once getting near the lake to hike to a view point above the lake and take in a 360 view of the surrounding area. 6 hrs or so would be enough time for most people to hike and spend time by the lake swimming etc.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike, back country camped right by the minaret lakes, no one around , the scenery and the gorgeous Minarets make this hike one of my favorites, it's better to camp and enjoy the shining moon on the lake, watch for mosquitoes they were way too aggressive throughout the whole hike !

10 months ago

Great hike but didn't quite make it to Minaret Lake. Probably spent to much time enjoying the meadows, creeks etc and didn't leave enough time to make it to the lake. It's the journey not the destination that counts and it was a great journey.

10 months ago

This was a spectacular trail and we LOVED camping on the peninsula. Bring lots of bug spray and nets.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spectacular and majestic.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Amazing views and a great place to get away. went last summer. The hike over to Iceberg Lake is rather difficult but enjoyed touching snow in August!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A hidden gem, one of the prettiest lakes scenery wise with all of the smaller pools creating an amazing place to hike or camp at. We left Reds Meadow on a 9 day hike over to Yosemite. We planned on hiking up and over Minaret to Iceburg and Ediza the next day, but the North facing bowls were still packed with snow even though it was late June. All that aside, the hike wasn't too grueling, but summer time mosquitoes left us looking like pigpen from the peanuts comic, but instead of clouds of dirt, it was blood thirsty skeeds. Other than that, epic trail with a pot of gold in the form of Minaret Lake. Fishing was great as well. Look for the highest triangular point in the range as you head up. That is where you'll end up.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beautiful little lake in the Mammoth Area, and the ascent parallels a scenic, cascading stream. Once you reach the top, enjoy a slice of solitude in a geological wonderland. Great place to camp, and make sure you get up in time to catch the alpenglow...

Saturday, July 05, 2014