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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA

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One of the most beautiful mountain views I've seen

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 can do it. Highly recommend.

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Amery, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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. This lake is in the Inyo National Forest. It has a few small islands within... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 are making this a day hike. otherwise make it an overnighter.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 permit system, so best is to visit the Mammoth Visitor center.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Seanba36
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

I have been trekking for more than 2 decades. This is the most beautiful trek ever. The route we took was from Agnew Meadows then up the Shadow Creek trail to Shadow Lake. From there we went to beautiful Garnet Lake. The trail to Garnet Lake was the hardest because of the elevation gain and a 9 mile total. For... More 

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Moraga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

The Garnet lake is a beautiful body of water located seven miles from the Agnew Meadows trailhead in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just a short drive from the Mammoth Mountain village. You can only hike to the lake, so this is a review for summer hikers. It is by far my favorite summer attraction in the Mammoth Lakes area. Having... More 

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