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Parker Lake Trail

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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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
no shade
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Return trip was way more fun!

hiking
3 months ago

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

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bugs
no shade
rocky
3 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.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

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

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bugs
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bugs
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no shade
3 months ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Pretty easy trail- the first 1/2 mile-ish is the steepest part and after that is gradual up hill until it levels out. It’s mostly flat and the lake is very pretty. We saw some people camped out who backpacked in (something to remember for the future). Great views of the lake. We had to cross the stream on a backed up dam on the stream flowing into the lake to get around to one side. Take the bug spray- take sun screen and a hat. Wished we had a hammock to pitch up at the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Beautiful views. Gravel road to trailhead and be prepared for the mosquitos.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. The first half is the hard part, when you’re going up. The lake is gorgeous, and you can explore another trail that goes around the lake to the left (not included in the All Trails description and mileage). Just make sure you BRING BUG SPRAY WITH YOU!

4 months ago

Only 2 miles from the trailhead to the lake. First 3/4ths mike was hot and steep. Don’t be afraid to stop in whatever islands of shade present themselves. It gets easier. Got quite pretty when it leveled out and followed alongside the idyllic Parker creek. Lots of people fishing, but pretty much everyone left by the time I got to the lake. The water itself is pretty (be sure to try and get a view from above the shoreline, too). No camping spots to my liking along the north shore. I kept heading up, past the lake, bushwhacking until I got to another wooded grove. Stream is gorgeous here, but it wasn’t an easy bushwack in. Mosquitoes surround the lake. Bring long pants, long sleeves, and a good fighting knife if you want to stand a chance.

running
4 months ago

Great easy hike to a beautiful lake! All the climbing is done in the first 2/3 mile

hiking
4 months ago

Nice lake and very relaxing backdrop but the lake maybe half mile to and from the lake is along a stream that is a spawning ground for mosquitoes. I received about 30 bites and they made the hike and the lake pretty miserable. Be prepared if your going to do this hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Some friends and I hiked up to Parker Lake yesterday to do some trout fishing. The landscape changes 3 or 4 times, each one is incredibly beautiful. It’s a bit tough the first mile or so but not too grueling. The lake is breathtaking. A LOT of mosquitos though, so bring your bug spray. A great morning or afternoon hike.

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