Thousand Island loop takes you by several streams, lakes and mountain views. This is one of Mammoth’s best and easiest routes for backpackers. From the trail head at Agnew Meadows you travel along the river in a canyon with a gradual climb. Once you pass Badger Lakes, the trail gets steep and levels out at Thousand Island Lake. Here you will treated to a spectacular view of the lake with the Minarets as a backdrop. The route passes by 6 lakes and several streams which is quite amazing for such a short loop and of course is the reason for its popularity.
Highlights: Stream, lakes, nice forest, mountain views
- Near: Mammoth Lakes, CA
- Distance: 20 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 2100 ft.
- Hike Time: 2 days
- Difficulty: 7/10
- Trail Condition: well maintained trail
- Best Season: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
- Wilderness Permits: Recreation.gov
- Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Parking: When mandatory shuttle is operating, park by Mammoth Main Lodge
- Shuttle to Agnew Meadows: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Trail Route GPX: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Alternate Trail Route GPX: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: Yes
- Rating: 5/5
Getting to the Trailhead:
From Los Angeles – 5 fwy (north) to 14 fwy (north) to hwy 395 (north) to hwy 203 (left) to Minaret Rd. (right) to Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. Take shuttle bus down to Agnew Meadows and to trail head.
Trail Detail Map
Alternate Trail Detail
Alternate Trail Profile