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.


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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - No campfires at Parker Lake; and no campfires above 10,000 ft. see Maps of Campfire Restrictions.
- Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 8 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- Ansel Adams Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Limited services at June Lake, full service at Mammoth Lakes
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
Information Center: For wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 924-5500

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.

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7,772ft at trailhead


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