“This is an out-and-back trail to Parker Lake located near June Lake, California.”
— Lucas Worthen
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
While the beginning is steep, the rest of this trail is definitely doable by kids.
No campfires at Parker Lake, and no campfires above 10,000 ft. 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. For more information, visit the USFS website
The singletrack trail climbs relatively steeply from the trailhead through chaparral toward Mount Wood, Mount Lewis, and Parker Peak. Off to the east, Mono Lake is visible as the trail continues its mostly exposed climb. You'll start to pass through aspen and pine groves as the grade lessens, then parallel Parker Creek. At approximately 1.7 miles, Parker Bench Trail branches off to the left, but you'll want to continue right. When you arrive at Parker Lake, you'll be treated to scenic views with Mount Wood and Parker Peak as the backdrop.