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Leanne Skirzynski
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Hiking

Nice hike. Very little shade at first. Parker Lake is beautiful definitely worth the effort and dog friendly.

Todd Leutheuser
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HikingScramble

Great walk/hike. Lots of people, families. Saw some “out-of-shape” people struggling. The trail is well maintained with some sections of loose gravel. Not a problem for anyone reasonably fit, but maybe not good for the overweight couch potato. Enjoy!

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Matthew Prieto
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Hiking

Great family hike to a great waterfall. Easy downhill in, moderate coming out. Lots of people on the trail but plenty of room to maneuver. Water was great. Take your shoes off and get it.

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Adam Rowlands
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HikingNo shadeRocky

We went up the river trail to thousand island from Agnew and didn’t fully appreciate how much uphill there was on the way back via Garnet and Shadow lakes. Hands down most scenic hike we’ve ever done, but it was uphill both ways! The recording says 18 miles but I missed out a section and my other half’s recording said 24 miles so most likely somewhere in between as there was some extra exploring here and there. We took our pooch and he loved it.

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Robert Ing
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HikingBugs

Great trail, everywhere. Some heavy use near Agnew Meadows, but most well-maintained. The un-maintained Mary Muir trail from Garnet Lake to Thousand Islands Lake was easy to find, and follow. Typical mosquito activity, so bring your repellent.

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Kenny Sanchez
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HikingRocky
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Mark & Jordan Miller
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Mindblowing trail - the obsidian is phenomenal looking. It looks like you stumbled upon a volcano that just blew with huge chunks of black glistening rock thrown around. We hiked mid-morning (around 10 am) on a Friday and didn't pass any other hikers. It was our first day in the area, so we felt the elevation change and hiked at a slower pace. The road leading up to the trailhead is a bit bumpy and rocky. If the trailhead is busier, you may run into parking issues. Dog-friendly hike - trail is well-established.

Mike Pickens
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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike downhill from trailhead to Mammoth Mountain Inn. Easy family hike.

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Dustin Smith
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As Everyone has said, the first 45 mins or so are steep. after that you are in some truly beautiful coverage. There were a ton of flowers, and free smells everywhere. I saw a small/medium bear at the end of the creek! It paid no mind to me. I started this hike at 7a, and by 930 it was pretty sunny and warm. I'll start a little earlier next time.

Matthew Cowen
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Wonderful trail. Steep, rocky and pretty strenuous with no shade for the first mile or so. Make sure to bring extra water, especially if you plan to leave after 8am. The trail then flattens out nicely to some forested area with a calm Parker Creek flowing alongside. The lake itself is BEAUTIFUL. I suggest planning to spend a day hiking up and hanging out up here, especially if you are a fisherman. The lake magnificently mirrors Mount Wood, Mount Lewis, and Parker Peak. The hike down was a breeze, and took only 45 minutes, which is great considering it took twice that on the way up. This trail felt more like a Moderate to us, but again, that’s just us. Before you go, you should also know that Parker Lake Road, which leads from the June Lake Loop to the trailhead, is a maintained gravel road that has been washboarded pretty bad. Also, if you plan to take the Parker Lake Fisherman’s Trail which goes around the lake, be advised that it is pretty rocky and can be hard to handle. There were multiple times I had to slide over a fallen tree or cling to a tree so I didn’t slip and fall into the lake. Be careful! Overall this is a great 5* trail. I will definitely visit again next time I’m up here! Trail completed on 7/8/2020

Noah Kokkinias
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HikingRocky

Very beautiful hike with stunning views. It is pretty steep going up for the first two miles but very enjoyable. Hiked it later in the day and the trail was very well shaded coming down.

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Christy Stevens
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Hiking

Went out to Yost Lake first. It was fairly strenuous given the elevation but trail conditions were fine. Beautiful hike to a small lovely lake. Not a lot of company which was nice. On the way back down, I took the turnoff up to Fern Lake. The initial part of that hike from the junction was quite steep and in full sun mid-day, so not super easy after the 4+ mile hike to Yost Lake, but nevertheless pretty short. There are some flat parts in the middle and then it gets steep again at the end right before Fern Lake. The hike back down to the car was pretty steep at points. Hiking poles would have been helpful but managed fine without them. All and all, a beautiful and satisfying (from an exercise perspective) hike that was just about 7 and 3/4 miles.

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April Joy Scoble
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Hiking

This is more a hard hike ..not moderate. First half hour and last 45 min.. all uphill and steep grade. middle section is flat and nice. Views at the top are amazing but yea this is a hard hike!

Tomer Baz
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Hiking

First, a word of caution - to fully enjoy the views bring good insect repellent! As you get close to the water, swarms of mosquitos will feast on you! We ran away from the lake after 5 minutes, couldn't stand the bites. Might be less bad outside of summer, dunno. If you make it to the lake through the mosquitos the view is breathtaking, and also the stream along the way (if you don't mind the mosquitos). Parking, as others said, is very limited. We arrived around 5pm on July 4th and were able to park at the designated parking lot (someone just left) but there was a line of parked cars along the dirt road for almost half a mile. I am not sure this trail should be rated Easy though. Almost all the way to the lake is incline with no shade. Felt more like Moderate to us.

Nick Hill
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Backpacking

This trail is definitely a climb but keeping good pace and breathing well make it very doable. The path is completely exposed so there is very little, if any shade. The views are pretty spectacular! The cable car tracks are kinda neat to look at as you go up. Would recommend to a friend.

Mel Yuen
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Hiking

The roads are opened as of 6/26/20. Drove straight to the trailhead. Easy hike with a stunning view. The hike to the bottom of the falls is worth it. Went late in the day (a hour before sunset) and there were very few people on the trails. Saw a family of deer on the way back!

Jeremy Goldberg
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Hiking

Tranquil and quiet stroll through the forest. Easy.

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Christine Soya
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HikingNo shade

Steep hike, great workout. Bring plenty of water because there is no shade.

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Sarah Lalau
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike. Lots of mosquitos

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Ron Fliege
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Hiking

My wife and I originally planned to hike to lake Agnew which is on the way to Gem lake. We were very happy that we decided to hike the extra mile or so to Gem. It’s a different world when you get up there. Definitely worth the extra hiking. It is basically up hill the whole way. We are in our mid 50s and in pretty good shape and the hike was fine. Not much shade so leave early and wear a hat.

Nicole Hahn
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Hiking

Sandy, some shade but not much. The falls are gorgeous. Crowded.

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Tom Petrillo
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HikingOff trailScramble

The views are stunner even on the approach. Although brief the talus field is class 2 with the ideal route but you are likely to experience class 3 risk without clairvoyance. Very few cairns made route finding tough. Views from the top stunning. I made it with a dog, certainly not a dogs on leash terrain.

Michelle Vietti
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HikingBugs

It’s a beautiful lake. We hiked half way around the lake and up high so we can view the lake from other side plus Mono Lake in the distance. There are cairns in multiple places when you hike the upper trail to the backside of the lake. Lots of flies. I used my mosquito net for part of the hike.

Cay Klaassen
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail with flowing river part of the way alongside the path and stunning Lake at the end. There is some elevation at the start and along the way so on the moderate side of the east scale.

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