Parker Lake Trail

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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
652 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

bugs

hiking
16 hours ago

The first part is a steady incline. Not too bad if you are an average hiker. Dog friendly. First part is not covered from the sun but there are spots of shade. Beautiful view. Lake is beautiful and the ducks definitely have some attitude with my dogs.

2 days ago

great reward of parker lake at the end for relatively short and easy hike

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike and beautiful peaceful view. The first 1/4 is a good incline with little shade but the whole rest of the way is shaded and runs next to a creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike up hill at first, but not hard if you are a hiker beautiful lake nice and cool. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike!

1 month ago

Beautiful and scenic! The uphill climb was a bear but totally worth it. My six year old enjoyed playing in the creek. Great views of Mono.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! Definitely one of my new favorites. The views are absolutely stunning and definitely worth the uphill climb at the beginning. It was a fairly hot day when we went and the uphill really wasn’t too bad. Some shady spots every now and then to stop and rest but really wasn’t too bad. Once you get past the uphill it’s fairly flat, following a creek with beautiful wildflowers and trees. Be advised, mosquitoes everywhere!!! We doused ourselves in bug spray ahead of time and still got bit, a lot! Still, totally worth it for the views once you get to Parker Lake! We brought our dog and she had a blast playing in the water, although it’s quite rocky and slippery. Saw some ducks and heard deer frequent the area but we didn’t see any. Parked easily at the trailhead, there is a dirt road to get there. Can’t wait to go back!

1 month ago

One of my all time favorites.

1 month ago

Did this 7/5/18. We got to the trailhead later than we wanted (almost 11am) and was surprised on how few cars were here. We attempted this in 2017 on the same holiday week and the place was a madhouse (we couldn’t get to the trailhead due to a very rutted, washed out road in 2017)

This year was different - we made it down the road easily but slowly - we had an SUV but saw sedans in the lot. Only a handful of cars in the parking lot- surprising for a holiday week...

The trail is very well marked but pretty steep. The lake is amazing!! It was very windy at the lake, which likely kept away the bugs because there weren’t any. Excellent, well marked trail but steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Parker Lake is beautiful. We did this hike Sunday, July 1, 2018, and got to to the trailhead at 8:30am. Having heard how popular this trail is, we were surprised to be the only car at the trailhead. There is a porta-potty there. The beginning of the hike is exposed and gravely but the views behind you of Mono Lake are spectacular. You soon reach Parker Creek—keep an eye out for wild irises blooming creekside. There are stretches of aspen and evergreens. As we approached Parker Lake, the mosquitoes came out in full force. I had bug spray on and did not get one bite. My boyfriend did not and got attacked—he had about 20 bites in less than a minute. It was so bad that we didn't even stay at the lake. I was able to take 2 photos and we left almost immediately because he was getting eaten alive. Wish he had worn bug spray! On the way back, we passed by a lot of people and the trailhead had about 30 cars. Definitely need to do this again and actually spend time at the lake. Had our 35-lb dog with us and he did well on this trail though start early because it does get pretty hot.

1 month ago

The lake is beautiful. I saw a beaver! Lots of mosquitoes when you get close to the lake, so bring bug spray. A couple guys caught some decent sized brown trout with fly fishing. The beginning of the hike was steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike. Great views at the end. We went around 6:00pm so the weather was perfect. There were a lot of mosquitos by the lake so be sure to bring bug repellant,

hiking
1 month ago

Was a beautiful hike up this morning! The way to get there is fairly difficult - lots of uphill in the beginning but if you just push through the view is totally worth it. The cool mountain breeze and clear lake was worth the hassle! We saw an adorable mama duck and her babies peacefully swimming on the lake. We also met this lovely woman Michelle and her dog Floyd and enjoyed a wonderful conversation with her. Michelle, if you’re reading this, Grace, Ally, and Julia love you very much!! Would absolutely recommend this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike in October among the changing leaves. Some initial uphill but it mellows out and you can enjoy some great views and dip your feet in Parker Lake. Parking lot can get busy and there are quite a few people on the trail, but not too many.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on a hike in around noon (was very sunny and warm at that time) but the trail is fairly easy since the incline mainly occurs in the beginning and flattens out midway. The one thing is that there isn't much shade until the last half mile of the trail. The creek also appears several times, but at the end it gets more lush and wet so the bugs come out and we got bit a few times since we forgot bug spray.

We also brought our dog, who loved the hike and kept sniffing every plant and part of the trail on our way up. (side note: the hike was much longer than intended lol.)

The drive to the trail head is the part that could be improved for such a good view of the Parker Lake and Mono Lake on the way back. We drove a Tesla Model 3 and made it since it wasn't too busy and we drove slowly. The drive has more dips / and rocks on the last half mile to the trail head (after the fork in the dirt road). Parking is located at the trail head. I'd recommend a SUV.

2 months ago

Great hike for all ages. Scenery was mesmerizing.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail not far uphill there east back beautiful views.

walking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail; however, it is a bit more moderate than the skill level mentions. While the trail is only 1.8 miles one way, the first half a mile on the way to the lake is very rocky and fairly steep. We did enjoy the view of the gorgeous lake!

3 months ago

It was a beautiful trail, completely worth it. Not to mention the lake at the very end, wow breathtaking. Don't be discouraged in the beginning, it's a bit of an incline but trust that it's the correct trail.

hiking
3 months ago

For planning purposes ... it’s a dirt road to get to the trailhead. As others have said, the first 0.75 miles are steep and exposed (no shade). I live at 400 feet elevation so I definitely felt the altitude. The hike is worth it though. You can hear the creek rushing from the trail and the mountain lake at the top is spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging at the beginning, but once you make it past the initial incline it’s a very enjoyable hike. The view at the end is beautiful and there are some obstacles along the way that make it more enjoyable. Very dog friendly too.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike and was able to take the dog with us. She did great and enjoyed the shallow creeks. Awesome view at the end of the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike !

hiking
9 months ago

Just missed the fall colors! But still a beautiful hike. Went mid morning and the weather was cool but perfect for hiking. First mile or so is when you gain the 600 or so elevation and then it is mostly easy and along a stream. Able to accomplish it slowly with a bad knee. Would be great for kids, dogs, and us creakier ones too!

10 months ago

Awesome Trail uphill and through some open brush ground from parking lot about a mile and then your next to the creek outlet from parker lake and then you get to the lake and you can hike around it to the left or right back to the trail you came in on... really beautiful in the fall season suggest going in afternoon and coming back as sun sets its really nice views

hiking
10 months ago

This hike has several factors that make it a (5) star hike: Incredible vistas, beautiful natural features and a great payoff at the end. It was approximately 3.5 miles to Parker Lake, so it is approximately 7 miles round-trip.

I would describe this hike as very accessible and it is appropriate for a variety of ages / fitness levels; That said, the only negative is that the hike is well-traversed, so expect to see lots of people on the trail. Despite the amount of people who visit, the trail is surprisingly clean!

Have fun!

10 months ago

Hiked this with my family. Beautiful creek in the Aspen Trees on the way up. Stunning view of the Parker Lake and waterfalls above. Awesome view of Mono Lake on the way back down. Would love to visit again.

11 months ago

Really nice hike

11 months ago

Amazing hike. Great with kids and a large group.

hiking
11 months ago

Great easy hike!

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