Parker Lake Trail

Parker Lake is tucked in a small canyon overshadowed by the 12,000 ft. peaks of the Sierra Crest. The trail stays on the south side of Parker Creek on the way to Parker Lake. An alternate route to Parker Lake that is popular for stock use starts behind the pack station at Silver Lake and climbs over Parker Bench with views of Mono, Grant and Silver Lakes.

Common Destinations: Parker Lake

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides: Frontier Pack Train, located on Hwy 158 near Silver Lake offers day rides and mule pack trips (888) 437-MULE
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permit required year round for overnight trips.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • May 1 through November 1 quota limits visitors to 8 people per day.
Closest Towns:
  • June Lake, CA (food, gas, lodging)
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: No restroom. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information


Leave Hwy 395 at the North end of the June Lake Loop (Hwy 158). Approximately 2 miles West of Hwy 395 turn on dirt road to Parker Lake. Trailhead parking is in a small dirt lot at end of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Enjoy fishing for Brook and Brown Trout in lightly fished Parker Lake.

River and Stream Fishing

Brown and Brook Trout are common in Parker Creek.

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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7,772ft at trailhead