Thousand Island Lake Loop

Leaving from the Mammoth, Ca. area, this hike is an extremely popular one and it’s easy to understand why.  One can  do it in three days, it is beautiful and rugged, and it is fairly easily accessed.  My route was to leave Agnew Meadows  up the San Joaquin river gorge via the River Trail,  past Shadow Lake for an overnight at Ediza Lake. The next day hike to Thousand Island Lake for another star filled night, passing by the elegant Garnet Lake along the way. Then out the third day via the Pacific Crest  High trail back to Agnew Meadows. Approximate milage 22 miles total.

There are plenty of hikers on the trail, many of them doing the PCT, starting in Southern California near the Mexican border.  Most had begun in April and had logged over 900 miles by they time they zoomed past me ( who was extremely happy to be able to put pack on again and simply be in  back country for any length of time).  The amount of hikers on the trail and those camping around Thousand Island Lake did not deter one bit from the pure enjoyment of being out there. We were all speaking a common language of love for the beauty of nature.  Please click on the image to enlarge.

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Looking down into the San Joaquin River Gorge from the PCT High Trail. The River Trail runs above the river in the gorge and crosses to continue along the waterfalls to Shadow Lake.

Looking down into the San Joaquin River Gorge from the PCT High Trail. The River Trail runs above the river in the gorge and crosses to continue along the waterfalls to Shadow Lake.

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Shadow Lake. The Minarets are the sharp peaks in the background left. Banner Peak and Mt. Ritter are the two mountains on the right. They dominate the landscape thru much of the hike.

Shadow Lake. The Minarets are the sharp peaks in the background left. Banner Peak and Mt. Ritter are the two mountains on the right. They dominate the landscape thru much of the hike.

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Ediza Lake

Ediza Lake

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Sunset through Banner and Ritter.

Sunset through Banner and Ritter.

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The Minarets in the setting sunlight.

The Minarets in the setting sunlight.

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It's the perfect time of year for the wildflowers, this bunch growing in the rocks around Ediza Lake.

It’s the perfect time of year for the wildflowers, this bunch growing in the rocks around Ediza Lake.

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Ediza Lake- 2:00 a.m.

Ediza Lake- 2:00 a.m.

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Garnet Lake with Banner Peak and Mt Ritter's reflection.

Garnet Lake with Banner Peak and Mt Ritter’s reflection.

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The John Muir Trail passes below and around Garnet Lake.

The John Muir Trail passes below and around Garnet Lake.

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Thousand Island Lake

Thousand Island Lake

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2:00 a. m. Thousand Island Lake

2:00 a. m. Thousand Island Lake

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Alpenglow next morning.

Alpenglow next morning.

 

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Thousand Island Sunrise. photo by Bruce Czopek

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Leaving 1k island. photo by Bruce Czopek

 

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Looking back on the way home via the PCT High Trail.

Looking back on the way home via the PCT High Trail.

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3 thoughts on “Thousand Island Lake Loop

    • Thank you Nataly. I am enjoying your photos from around Poznan. I’ve never been there but my great grandparents were from that area. Good luck in your future travels. Admirably ambitious.

      • Hi Bruce. Then you must come. You’ll love it here. I really like Poland: people are friendly and helpful, there are tons of things to see, the food is delicious and… it’s really cheap! I look forward to your next post. Take care and all the best.

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