Parker Lake Trail

EASY 73 reviews
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Parker Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly 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 options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Easy to moderate with an amazing secluded lake at the end.

5 days ago

5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful lake and river. First half mile is a steady ascension of close to 300 ft. If staying overnight, pack a bear canister.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

This is a spectacular little trail. Not too hard a climb, all front-loaded. Beautiful views of the mountains and Mono Lake, a smattering redwoods, a meandering steam and a stunning alpine lake that looks like something out of the movies. The wildflowers were starting to bloom and the entire trail smelled sweet like honeysuckle. Can't wait to hike it again

hiking
8 days ago

fun short hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Having done this trail more than once, it is one of my favorites in the Eastern Sierras. The views of the Mono Basin are breathtaking before trekking into the dense woods of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. I like to slow my pace as I walk through the groves of aspens and pines to take in the beauty of the Inyo National Forest. As the trail parallels Parker Creek, be sure to fill up on natural fresh water. Parker Creek provides some of the best water in the June Lake Loop. After heavy rains, parts of the trail closer to the lake take you through marshy areas that remind me of beautiful Louisiana trails. When you reach the Parker Lake, the trail goes off to the Southeast shore of the lake. There, you can find different spots for fishing or lunch. The trail also loops around to the West shore where you'll find some of the largest aspens in the area. If the creek is low enough, you can cross over the rocks to the North shore of the lake where less people go. It's a good place to avoid strong winds and makes casting out much easier.

camping
11 days ago

small beautiful hike up to the lake with a lot of Aspen trees, wild flowers and rivers. the lake is really beautiful. we spent the night there ( you need a wilderness permit at Lee vining ranger station) and had the area for ourselves

hiking
12 days ago

12 days ago

Beautiful views, easy to follow the trail without snow.
Well preserved and nice that dogs are allow.

hiking
12 days ago

We were not disappointed with this trek whatsoever. My group was a varied group of ladies ranging in age from late30s to early50s. We all are active, outdoor women that hike for a living, so this trek was easy on our limbs but a small test on our lungs as we ascended. The trail is a steady incline with vast views of mountain tops and blue skies. Take a glance behind you as you trek and you'll see the blueness that is Mono Lake. Tree shaded spots along the way with strategically placed logs under them allow for good rest stops to catch your breath, which for us sea-level dwellers was not completely necessary but nice. The creek and the groves of Aspen at the 3/4 marker of the trek were a cool treat on our hot bodies. Once we reached Parker Lake, we were in awe. The color of the lake, the framing of the surrounding trees and the largeness of the glacier mountains were surreal and absolutely worthy of being included in the greatness that is the Ansel Adams Wilderness. There were many pockets around the lake that allowed for meditative privacy and quiet spots to have lunch, dip in your toes and take a thousand Instagram worthy pictures. A hike earlier in the day is recommended to avoid the crowds and the hot sun. If you're able to get in and out of the area before dark, we could tell a sunset trek to the lake would be picturesque. Hike tip for those trekking with dogs: Hike early to avoid heat, be mindful that the trail is tough on paws (think gravel and loose rocks) especially on small breeds, bring a ton of water for them (elevation increases dehydration more so in dogs than humans), pick up the poo and take it out with ya versus leaving the bag hanging in a tree and if you don't hike regularly with your dog to begin with, this Trail is rigorous for them both physically and scent-wise, so be kind to your pup and allow them to enjoy the hike too (let them sniff for gosh sakes) versus dragging them along. Oh and one more tip: hiking poles are not necessary for this trek but if you are at all unsteady especially when descending down a loose gravel trail, hiking poles will definitely come in handy.

17 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

easy hike. the lake is not seen till you are very near the lake. I would l prefer to hike early in the morning.

24 days ago

24 days ago

Fun trail. Kodi loved the stream and water

25 days ago

26 days ago

this is a lovely hike. if you haven't been out in a while give yourself plenty of time to adjust to the elevation and climb. bring a lunch to enjoy at the lake and binoculars for bird watching.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty nice, quick and painless hike. Has three periods of climbing, the longest being at the start of the trail. Parker creek appears on the north side of the trail. There are tons of places to get off trail and explore around the creek, especially the north side of it. Many fishing spots and great places to make camp. Once you get to the lake it's fun to hike all around it. The west end has a lot to explore and you can follow the creek higher up the mountain for beautiful views. A fun trail to run down as well.