Mammoth…, CA. Trip Report: Thousand Island Lake via Rush Creek Trail 6/21 - 6/23. Pretty good camping experience and will definitely do it again through another trail. Well worth the effort. Luckily it was a cloudy afternoon as we took a left at the Gem lake fork and went up the steep rocky section on our way out. ... We left Thousand Island Lake by 10 or 11 am, heading up the PCT towards Clark Lakes. Recommend starting early like others have said once the sun is up it will be hot and steep for the beginning. Great trip. Took the Rush Creek trail. Day 3 was the hike out about 6mi around Gem lake and back down to the trail head. We both wouldn’t rate this specific trail too high because there’s multiple ways to 1000 island lakes and this one is not our best choice. We wuill ascend steeply for 1,300'. 3 day/2 night Rush Creek Trail head to Thousand Island Lake loop. Thousand Island Lake via Rush Creek Trail is a 18 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Developed camping is found at the trailhead, as well as at several other campgrounds along the June Lake Loop. Also there’s a lot of switch backs. My dog is pretty tough, hikes with me all the time and while a 70 mile trip did nothing to her paws, the rocky section of this trail actually got her! It gets sunny in the morning, then it rains in the afternoon. Bring enough water and don't start too late! @sertanusanmaz, What an epic trip. Rush creek is also an option. The distance and elevation is about the same but the trail itself is way more enjoyable. 13.2 miles. Don’t get me wrong, the ascent is long but switchbacks are forgiving and there’s no bouldering. This was an aggressive first day with close to 3k elevation in 4 miles. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 2. None of us have ever hiked at that altitude before, and we were two jitterbugs only kept grounded by our crazy heavy packs. This is a hard trail. The 18 mi is contested, other reviews and the map say 14. We parked and started the trail at Silver Lake. Kinda created our own loop with this one clocking in at around 21mi. Hiked on 8/22/2020 from the less popular Rush Creek Trail Head and reached the Thousand Islands Lake in the late afternoon. I parked at Agnew Meadows and followed the Pacific Crest Trail (also known as High Trail") to 1,000 Islands Lake. 4.74 miles Ruby Lake outlet creek. 3 day/2 night Rush Creek Trail head to Thousand Island Lake loop. Just ahead of 10am. Mt Langley Ascent - 2018. But my mood wasn’t very high at these parts. 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). Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! But when you plateau the trail gets super easy. Then spent another whole day at the lake. WOOHOO! Er führt entlang eines Sees, entlang eines Flusses und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. Note. A park ranger I met at the lake said they've heard people say its 7mi from silverlake camppground to the lake but believe its more around 11mi. Mammoth…, CA. The mosquitos weren't that bad until around sunset. Don’t get me wrong, the ascent is long but switchbacks are forgiving and there’s no bouldering. We started at the Rush Creek parking lot (next to an RV park). https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/rush-creek-trail-to-agnew-lake Thousand Island Lake is one of the most beautiful points along the John Muir Trail. We both wouldn’t rate this specific trail too high because there’s multiple ways to 1000 island lakes and this one is not our best choice. The scenery from Clark Lake to 1000 island lake is a kill. Banner Peak is arguably the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. water. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Came up the rush creek trail to gem lake, stayed the night along rush creek then passed by waugh and made it to thousand island lake for two nights. You have to hike another half mile or so and if you get there late, most of the good sites have been taken. Dogs are also able to use this trail. This is achieved through a partnership between Three Rivers and local cities. The first half is all steep uphill which is a killer but all the different scenery and lakes make this my favorite so far. Beautiful sunset and sunrise at thousand Island wish we had stayed an extra day there. Make sure to wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise. Off-trail past Iceberg Lake and Cecile Lake to Minaret Lake. Compared to Ritter, Banner Peak is much slimmer with a sharp profile; it is surrounded by 1500-2000 feet high vertical cliffs except on its southwest side. It’s everywhere at the beginning part and extremely strong. went to thousand islands via rush creek, camped, and then cut across to gem lakenon the way back 10/10. There were a lot of flies on the trail, but they don't really bother you when you're moving/hiking. Found a phone here early July but looks like it might have been there for some time. wangelainea@gmail.com. Also there’s a lot of switch backs. 1. This is a moderate loop trail to Island Pass in Ansel Adams Wilderness. It's a loop. These permits are also really easy to get as a walkup. If you are wondering like I was, ‘hm, can I do this as a day hike if I’m not in incredible shape?’ I say go for it. This is a short cut relatively, thus high elevation gain, very rocky and lots of stone. Bring enough water and don't start too late! The Rush Creek Trail (waypoint RUSHTH) can be used to access Davis, Ritter, Banner, Koip, and other destinations such as Thousand Island Lakes or Parker Pass. But my mood wasn’t very high at these parts. Views are half blocked by the smoke in the Sierra now caused by the fire. The steep part of this trail doesn’t have that many shades and it’s rocky. Overnight permits can be reserved online through Recreation.gov, and the ones we reserved were for AA09 - High Trail.If you’re unable to get a permit for the High Trail, there are alternative trailheads you can plan around like Shadow Creek and the River Trail. If I were to do this trip a agin I would recommend early summer around late May or early June when there are more snow on the banner peak, not a whole lot bugs and smaller chance of smoke in the Sierra. Somehow, in our 5 years here, this was the first time we’ve seen a Giant Blazing Star: Agnew Lake, with mysterious floaty raft in the middle: Gem Lake, once 3 lakes close together and now a huge backcountry lake after being dammed: Box 603, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (800) 845-7922 On another note, this hike was absolutely gorgeous. Day 3 was the hike out about 6mi around Gem lake and back down to the trail head. Damn that bear cannister, I hated it even before I set foot on the trail. At that point, we both knew we’d be headed up that mountain in a few hours. Lyell Base via John Muir and Rush Creek Trail, Thousand Island Lake via Rush Creek Trail, 2020 AllTrails, LLC Alle Rechte vorbehalten. Watch out for the weather because it’s changes even during summertime. It look me 6 hours to hike from Agnew Meadows to 1,000 Islands Lake (9 miles) and it took me 3 and a half hours to hike from 1,000 Islands Lake back to Agnew Meadows (9 Miles). There's so many variations I would've been happy if this was the only hike I did on my stay at mammoth. Our husky did great so if you have a trail dog bring em. This area falls under Eastern Sierra regulations. Whatever the miles, with the benefit of only a daypack, they flew by and the lake is breathtaking. We parked and started the trail at Silver Lake. This is a hard trail. Developed camping is found at the trail head, as well as at several other campgrounds along the June Lake Loop. Going early ended up being a good decision- got one of the last spots in the official lot and lake was suuuper quiet upon arrival (more through and day hikers were trickling in later). I've uploaded my recording if anyone can help me figure out what happened because I was not prepared for what felt like a 20mi day hike. You don’t have to worry about running out of water during the hike because there’s so many water source. Thousand Island Lake via Rush Creek Trail is a 18 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Tough, rocky, sun exposed trail. This is beautiful hike with lots of view. It look me 6 hours to hike from Agnew Meadows to 1,000 Islands Lake (9 miles) and it took me 3 and a half hours to hike from 1,000 Islands Lake back to Agnew Meadows (9 Miles). 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