100 Classic Hikes in Southern California
by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)
© Allen Riedel/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Great little hike. Scenic and yet not too crowded. Caught a real nice brown at Parker. Note to older hikers or those who are flat landers: don't be fooled by some descriptions of an easy hike. Yes, it is easy once you climb the initial ridge, but the first 15 minutes of the hike is moderately steep. We passed many older and out of shape hikers who needed our words of encouragement to keep going. Trust me, it will be worth it.
Beautiful trail. Short, with somewhat steep swtichbacks, but ends at a beautiful lake tucked back in a valley below Koip Peak, glaciers, and waterfalls. Best camping is on north short of lake, too steep and rocky on south shore. Saw lots of deer and birds, heard an owl at night. Very busy with fishermen during the afternoon and weekend. Good beginners/first of season backpacking trip.
Five stars for beauty, variety, and seclusion. The trail follows Parker Creek through pine and aspen stands, after getting the elevation gain out of the way in the first mile. The area around the lake is beautiful, a nice spot for a picnic, and the water is crystal clear.
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