Bloody Canyon Trail
This route was used to cross the Sierra before wagon roads were built and is named for the injuries to stock that made this rugged crossing. This trail is still not recommended for stock. The trail climbs over a ridge to view Walker Lake and goes up Bloody Canyon past Lower and Upper Sardine Lakes. At the head of the canyon the trail crosses Mono Pass into Yosemite National Park, and continues toward the Kuna Crest or Parker Pass Creek areas of the park. Do not confuse this with the Mono Pass that goes to Pioneer Basin and the Recesses in the Rock Creek and Little Lakes Valley area.
Yosemite wilderness regulations do not allow camping in Parker Canyon.
Common Destinations: Lower and Upper Sardine Lakes, Mono Pass, Parker Creek trail to Dana Meadows
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Road to Bloody Canyon Trail is closed. The avalanche slide has been cleared above Walker Lake but some work is still needed as of 9/28/23.|
|Reservations:||Reserve up to 6 months in advance at www.Recreation.gov|
|Rentals & Guides:||Special approval is required for commercial use.|
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at trailhead. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Leave Hwy 395 at the north end of the June Lake Loop, Hwy 158. Just North of Grant Lake, follow dirt road1S23 along Sawmill Creek to the Trailhead. The trail climbs over ridge to cross the inflow of Walker Lake. The road to Walker Lake is private and does not have parking for hikers.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Walker Lake is known for Brown and Rainbow Trout, Use the road to the Trail Head to access Walker Lake, East side of lake is private property. Upper and Lower Sardine Lakes are full of beautiful Brook Trout.
River and Stream Fishing
The stream entering Walker Lake you can fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout, Between Upper and Lower Sardine Lake try for Brook Trout.