Parker Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily 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: 652 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

bugs

11 days ago

Beautiful hike, got a bit crowded by early afternoon. Hiking all the way around got a little dense. No bugs.

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12 days ago

Beautiful trail! No snow, lots of creek water for the dogs!

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14 days ago

Really interesting and diverse vegetation and geographic features on the hike to the lake.

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24 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The trail is very well-maintained, but it is pretty much all uphill on the way there! If you are not accustomed to the altitude it isn’t quite as “easy”, so plan that it might take you a bit longer!

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26 days ago

GREAT HIKE!! Beautiful lake at the end. Not one bug...just lotsa BEAUTY!

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29 days ago

This was a great hike! The trail going up was a little bit of a workout but it's definitely worth the views of the mountains and the scenery surrounding them. The lake was gorgeous! Super fun for dogs, too! We took Gracie, a lab who's 7 months, and she had a blast! Make sure to wear sunscreen and cover up with a hat or something, though, because I didn't and got a little sunburnt--there are some areas without shade. Overall, this is a perfect day-hike adventure!

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1 month ago

Awesome hike!

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1 month ago

Family friendly hike. Steep in the beginning. Would be pretty hot if you were to go in the summer months. Exposed in the beginning. Lake is beautiful. Great for snowball fights with your son or daughter in the Spring.

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snow
2 months ago

Great out-n-back! Dirt road to the TH got a bit bumpy for the last mile or so, but was well maintained overall. Wonderful sights at the lake, and all along the trail as well. Don't carve on the trees!

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7 months ago

Totally enjoyed the views of the lake! The trail itself is boring though

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no shade
7 months ago

Pretty cool hike! Pretty uphill for the first three quarters ish. Also feels a bit longer then you’d expect. Most people I passed had to ask me how much further up. I did fern creek lake trail as well and honestly felt as long as that. The view at the top is beautiful but I would def take the easy rating with a grain of salt.

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7 months ago

Caveat, if you have trouble with altitude you need to take this trail slow. The 652 elevation is in the beginning and was longer than we expected. I’d say this a mix moderate and easy.

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7 months ago

Beautiful view of the lake! A little past leaf peeping peak but still great. Amazing, short hike

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7 months ago

Loved this hike, the flat section next to a stream was a nice way to enjoy the views (Aspen has mostly turned already) and the lake was beautiful. We went early morning and it was very peaceful, no bugs at this late date was a plus.

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7 months ago

Beautiful fall hike. Mix of colors now from green to yellow to brown to bare branches.

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7 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Most difficult part is the first quarter, which I’d rate moderate after that it’s easy. As someone else mentioned, it’s closer to 2 miles each way, not 1.6. Went in mid October, aspens are turning I and no bugs!

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7 months ago

Uphill from the parking for the first 1/2 mile. Then the trail runs along the creek before opening up to picturesque Lake Parker.

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8 months ago

Very easy walk to a lake. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn gold!

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8 months ago

Plenty shade after the first 1/3. Trail parallels stream for much of its length. Very few mosquitoes at lake or along trail, a pleasant surprise. Lovely lake, great trail.

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8 months ago

So much bang for your buck! Fantastic little trail. Hiking fun for the whole family. Lots of pups, kiddos and grandparents.

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bugs
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Return trip was way more fun!

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9 months ago

Hot uphill— but worth seeing the lake. Apply big spray before getting to the lake

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no shade
rocky
9 months ago

Using the AllTrails app, the lake is actually 2.0 miles from the parking lot, not 1.8, so the roundrip is 4 miles total. Shade is intermittent, so be careful on hot summer days. Mosquitos are worst as you approach the lake.

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bugs
9 months ago

1,000,000 mosquitos... wearing repellent... usually beautiful... usually a 5 star rating

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

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