Thousand Island Lake

Looking to see multiple high alpine lakes and have a backpacking overnight adventure, this may be for you.  You can also simplify this hike by making it an out n back to a particular lake using the Rush Creek Trail (Agnew, Gem, or Waugh).

When preparing for an overnight hike, please make sure you have a map, the correct gear, a wilderness permit and can orienteer yourself to your planned destinations. This is why we do not provide a specific trail map for this hike…you need to do your homework.  Wilderness permits are free and easily accessible at the Mammoth visitor center, Mono visitor center, or online. This particular trail is called the Rain Trail to the USFS. Don’t forget your water purifier pump, and that we are in bear country so a bear canister is required for the meals you plan and pack. You can do this hike any season, depending on which sport and weather you enjoy most. Plan ahead based on your group’s ability level.

Forest Service Info:

Start Location

Rush Creek Trail Head parking lot located adjacent to Silver Lake Resort.




20.3 Miles One Way

Elevation Gain

3,000 Feet



Year Round

Safety Tips

Bring Water
Bring Extra Extra Water
Sun Exposure
Bring Snacks
Bear Habitat
Wilderness Permit Required for Overnight

Other Stuff

Fall Foliage
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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