1000 Island Lake
Let me start off by saying that hiking from the June Lake Loop to Thousand Island Lake is not a stroll through the park. You will gain about 3000 feet in 5 miles or so. However, let me also say that the views are breathtaking and absolutely worth it! (plus after the initial climb the hike becomes much more gradual.)
The total mileage each way is about 8 miles and it will take you through some mountain passes, meadows, woods, and to several beautiful lakes!
The initial climb gives you beautiful views overlooking the June Lake Loop. Can you spot the Double Eagle Resort?
It is a steep climb, but again you get a beautiful view! I took this shot because I thought it was cool that we could see Agnew Lake, Silver Lake, and Mono Lake all at the same time.
Still climbing up, we are behind Carson Peak looking down on Spooky Meadow to the right.
The toughest part of the elevation gain was over, and we had some beautiful streams to cross with wildflowers growing everywhere!
The rest of the hike took us down into the forest to the right. A mile or two later, the view opens up to this beautiful scene you see below…
Banner Peak majestically stands watch over 1000 Island Lake.
As we went to sleep, we heard some other campers banging pots together… If you’ve been camping in bear territory you generally know what that sound means. Needless to say, we had a few encounters with bears that night and kindly advise anyone who plans on camping or backpacking in the sierras to remember your bear canister and make sure all your smelly items are secure inside and a short distance from your camp before you go to sleep!
Did I mention the stars in the back country are incredible? Because the stars in the back country are incredible.
Have you been to 1000 Island Lake? Share your adventure with us in the comments below!