Shadow of the Minarets Trail

June Lake, California 93529

Shadow of the Minarets Trail

Shadow of the Minarets Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Let your own abilities determine which of these two hikes you will take into the spectacular country around the base of Mount Ritter and the Minarets. The Ediza Lake hike follows excellent trails to a beautiful destination. The traverse hike—which continues from Ediza Lake on a steep and sketchy route to Iceberg, Cecile, and Minaret Lakes—requires route finding skills, a bit of easy scrambling, and, for much of the summer, an ice ax for crossing the icy slopes around Iceberg Lake. At Minaret Lake, the traverse route rejoins well-maintained trails for the descent to Devils Postpile National Monument."

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Trail Information

June Lake
Nearby City
3,580 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 days
Mid-July through September
8,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,300 feet
Top Elevation
Ansel Adams Wilderness; Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USFS Ansel Adams Wilderness; USGS Mammoth Mountain, Mt. Ritter, and Crystal Crag
Local Maps