Minaret Lake

MODERATE 8 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.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3041 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

19 days 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 !

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
1 month ago

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

camping
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spectacular and majestic.

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

camping
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!

camping
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.

camping
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...