Diaster Creek Trail to Half Moon Lake

Sonora, California 95373

Diaster Creek Trail to Half Moon Lake

Diaster Creek Trail to Half Moon Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Seekers of solitude will appreciate the dearth of company on this up-canyon hike to a lake too marshy for fishing. Untrammeled by anglers, devotees of high-drama landscapes, and timid hikers wary of inauspicious place names, Disaster Creek offers a quiet dose of unpretentious forest, ridge, meadow, and distant peak. We start right off with the steepest hill of the entire trail, switchbacking up about 330 feet in the first half mile—a trivial climb by Sierra standards. Disaster Creek flows through its deep channel, unseen to the west, while the crumbly monolith known as the Iceberg rises behind the forest on the east. At the top of the switchbacks, we settle into a straightforward walk up the bottom of Disaster Creek’s canyon, alternately wooded and meadowed, on an easy gradient that sets the pace for the remainder of the hike."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6 to 7 hours.
June through October.
Stanislaus National Forest, Summit Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Dardanelles Cone, Disaster Peak.
Local Maps

Trail Log