Parker Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Parker Lake may be the easiest-to-reach “secluded” alpine lake in the eastern Sierra. It is a haven for local fishermen, and a good starter hike for older children and people new to the Sierra Nevada. The elevation gain, while tough in spots, is minimal; the distance is also minor for such an amazingly beautiful destination. The trail gets a lot of usage because of the lake and streams and their plentiful fishing opportunities, but it is relatively underused in comparison with other areas around the June Lake Loop. A hike here can feel like a great escape from civilization, even if only for a little while."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"This accessible and easy hike starts in exposed high- desert sage country and quickly transitions to aspen and pines. The effort is minimal for maximum reward, as the trail traces cascading Parker Creek most of the way to lovely Parker Lake at the base of picturesque Parker Peak.Inyo National Forest is described as “where the desert meets mountains,” and this trail to Parker Lake is one of the best examples. Your feet are ankle-deep in sagebrush at the trailhead, yet your eyes are feasting on mountain peaks straight ahead. Maybe it’s the sagebrush meadow guarding the Parker Lake trailhead at the end of the dusty albeit improved gravel road that misleads hikers into thinking Parker Lake is a dismissible destination. It could also be that with so many glorious hikes off of I-395 accessed along scenic paved roads, hikers have become jaded and spoiled. The fact that Parker Lake seems to be overlooked makes it doubly enjoyable for those lucky hikers with dogs who take a chance."
--Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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