Silver Lake to the Minarets Loop

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Ansel Adams Wilderness

Silver Lake to the Minarets Loop is a 30.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 30.2 miles Elevation Gain: 7,381 feet Route Type: Loop

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camping

fishing

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horseback riding

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lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

snow

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9 months ago

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip 8/22-8/23. Incredible scenery most of the way. Mosquitos are on steroids up here because literally nothing you do will stop them. Definitely suggest doing this over a few days because doing it in two days was exhausting.

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9 months ago

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Wed Aug 15 2018

We did a close version of this hike. We started at Rush Creek trail head and on up the slog by the abandon mine. We fished in lake Waugh and continued on to camp just before the junction of the JMT. We found a great site above the stream. We continued on pat 1000 island lake and up toward Ediza. There were a million people there planning to camp so we continued on to Iceberg lake. Found a terrific spot up to the left of the trail by a giant boulder. We had the best sunset and sunrise of Minarets and Iceberg lake. Nest morning we set off on the toughest part of the hike. We planned on hiking up to Cecil Lake and over to Minaret Lake and down to rejoin the JMT and follow to Reds Meadow. The "trail" up to Cecil is sketchy. There seems to be 20 of them... I would suggest staying high and head for the outlet of Cecil. Some maps show a trail down the headwall to Minaret Lake and some don't ... There is one and we took it without incident but in hindsight it may just be easier to go "off trail"and go down the scree slop to the right of the headwall. There is considerable exposure on the decent down the headwall. Great trip and I highly recommend the effort to Iceberg Lake and Cecile Lake. A hatch was going on as we walked by Cecile. The lake was boiling with small trout.

Sat Jul 14 2018

Get your permit for the trailhead and at the ranger office per wilderness area They do want to know your loosely projected itinerary, but you're not held to it. If you are starting on the east side, get one from an Inyo ranger station, even if you plan to cross into Yosemite. If starting in Tuolumne, get a Yosemite permit, etc. I did the Minaret Creek, Ediza, Garnet, Thousand Island loop from Silver Lake with side trips to Davis Lakes, Alger Lakes, Koip Peak, Lake Catherine, Nydiver. Phenomenal.

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Thu May 31 2018

Pat Ribotto - I'm a little confused on the ANYO Permit request for overnighting on the Loop. Did you get permits for all the areas your traveled on this Loop or was just one needed that included all areas on the loop.

backpacking
Mon Feb 13 2017

My wife and I hiked this loop last July and it is one my favs for sure. The Ritter Range is something to see. I mapped out this route myself and it turned out to be a good one. We were going to spend 6 nights, but we cut it short by one night as we had done all we wanted to anyway. Starting at Silver Lake, it climbs steady to Agnew Lake, then another pretty good climb from there to Gem Lake. It mellows out a bit after Gem Lake as it follows Rush creek thru the woods towards Waugh Lake A really nice stretch right there. One last little pitch to get up to Waugh Lake and then a nice walk around the north side of the lake. We made this our first nights spot. There weren't a ton of camp spots, but there are a few as you get to the west end of the lake. Pretty windy all day our first day, and that night as well. The next day we packed up and were headed for Garnet Lake as our next stop. Once on the JMT, we started our climb to Island Pass. What a great view from up there in all directions. Great photos from this spot. Then down to 1000 Island Lake. All the lakes were great. Each one with it's own character to it. The view of Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak just kept changing the further south we walked along the JMT. Then we did another little up and down stretch between 1000 Island Lake and Garnet Lake. Finding a nice spot to camp at Garnet lake was a little more difficult. I did find what looked to be a possibility on Google earth before we left home, and that's where we wound up. No shade, but it had all the other criteria. Close to water, a level spot for the tent and privacy. The next mornings reflection shots on the lake were perfect. Worth getting up early for. From Garnet we hiked along the JMT until the cutoff to Ediza Lake. That was our 3rd and 4th nights destination. Again, found my camp spot from my research on Google earth. Great spot and we enjoyed our 2 nights there. On our off day, we hiked up to Iceberg Lake, and hoped to get to Cecile as well. But the amount of snow along the south east shore of Iceberg was such that I wasn't risking a slide into the lake. We settled for that as being our furthest point on this trip. Incredible spot with the Minarets right in your face . Then back to our campsite after and I wanted to do one more jaunt. So up towards Banner and Ritter I went. My wife bowed out of this one. Another incredible spot to be standing right below these two peaks. Water pouring down everywhere from above. Had the place to myself. High country at its best. The next day we packed up and headed down Shadow creek all the way to the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. We crossed the bridge over the river and then got on the river trail north. We hiked all the way to the Clark Lakes that day. A long haul, and Agnew pass at the very end was something we hadn't planned on. Super steep and really kicked our butts. I again found our camp spot from previous searches on Google earth. Great spot with a huge view. The next morning we hiked back to our truck down a really steep trail, back past Agnew Lake on the opposite side , and then back to Silver Lake on the last 2 miles or so that we had been on before. Great loop. Another Sierra hike off the list. This area of the Ansel Adams Wilderness is a must do!!

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