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Beautiful lake - camp here if you can!

We spent our first night on the JMT (Rush Creek to Whitney) at Garnet Lake. We reached Thousand... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Rick S
Rockaway, New Jersey
difficult campsite on a terraced ledge-outstanding view!

We pulled around Garnet after hiking up from Glady's lake. It was hailing with heavy thunder and... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Encinitas, CA
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Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

We spent our first night on the JMT (Rush Creek to Whitney) at Garnet Lake. We reached Thousand Island Lake at lunchtime. It was buggy. It was crowded. We enjoyed lunch, but moved on to Garnet. There was a light breeze blowing and keeping the...More

Thank Rick S
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We pulled around Garnet after hiking up from Glady's lake. It was hailing with heavy thunder and lightning. We tried to grab whatever sites could facilitate our group and got set up quickly. Once the weathered cleared we were taken back by the beauty. The...More

Thank motherHEncinitas
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Took this lake in as part of a 8 day loop hike in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. A beautiful spot, that was relatively uncrowded for late August.

Thank wendyandmarc2016
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I love to hike and have been to many state and national parks. The views along the JM trail are some of the best there are. It helped we had perfect weather and the trail was not crowded. This is a must-do hike if you...More

Thank greenhorn33
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This was one of the prettiest (of several pretty) mountain lakes we hiked past and spent some time at when we hiked the first 60 miles of the JMT. There are some backpacking campsites around the lake, but we needed to go further that day....More

Thank GrandmaVicki2014
Reviewed 31 July 2016

this hike has alot of different terrain from meadows, to sun exposed climbs and descents, to shaded forests, creek and river crossings, the lake itself is one of the gems of the high alpine. make sure you are in shape and elevation acclimated if you...More

Thank MrBeti
Reviewed 30 June 2016

The lake is very picturesque located in a cirque. .Pack picnic, lots of water, sunscreen, and fishing pole. Very peaceful lake with light traffic.

Thank nancypants911
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Garnet Lake is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness at around 10.000 feet. There are several hiking trails to the lake. It can be reached by a long day hike but better as an overnight destination. The access to the trails is regulated by a...More

2  Thank Canyonlands2008
Reviewed 7 July 2015

This is an absolutely beautiful lake and is well worth the hike getting there!! It's breathtaking! It has extra meaning for me as I did my graduate studies on water surface measurements of Garnet Lake and Thousand Island Lake.

Thank Backpacker_0905
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Beautiful hike up Shadow Falls and past Shadow Lake to get here, keep going to Thousand Island Lake though it's even more spectacular!

Thank Seanba36
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31 October 2015|
Response from Ryan R |
Most likely mid-July to early-September. Due to the elevation, snow can last well into summer, sometimes even August. From November until about end of June, there is not even vehicle access to the trailhead.