Parker Lake

This is a popular hike for locals and visitors alike. With one of the lower elevation gains for hikes in the area, Parker Lake trail is friendly for a variety of hiking abilities. Don’t let the initial uphill get you out of breath, the trail will flatten out. The Lake itself is good for blowing up your inflatable paddle board, or hiking around the area with a packed lunch.  Make sure you get a map and plan the desired adventure for your group’s ability.

Forest Service Info:

There is a trail option and sign that points to Silver Lake from the Parker Lake trail.  If you take that trail (commonly known here as Parker Bench trail) be prepared for an extra 5.3 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation loss and 900+ feet of elevation gain taking you to the Rush Creek Trail head at Silver Lake.  During fall, this is an amazing spot for foliage and high views of Silver Lake. This trail option is difficult and not low lander friendly.

Start Location

A wide dirt road to a decent sized dirt lot


Out N’ Back


1.8 Miles One Way

Elevation Gain

534 Feet




Safety Tips

Bring Water
Bring Snacks
Bear Habitat
Sun Exposure

Other Stuff

Dog Friendly
Kid Friendly
Fall Foliage
Trail Running
Lake Views



  • June Lake Loop has year round activities

  • The busiest tourism season is Summer (June/July/Aug)

  • The water is better up here, drink it from the tap

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  • Elevation – 7,654 feet (2,333 meters)

  • Population – 629 (feels more like 400 year round)

  • Zip Code – 93529


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#1 – Pick up trash, even if it is not yours

#2 – Pick up your dog’s poop, it doesn’t magically disappear in the snow

#3 – Be friendly and patient, things move a bit slower up here

#4 – Don’t feed the wildlife

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