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The Best Hiking in Ansel Adams Wilderness

Looking for the best hiking in Ansel Adams Wilderness? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ansel Adams Wilderness. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Ansel Adams Wilderness

  • Lee Vining, California

    Hike North Glacier Pass to Lake Catherine

    On the second day our trip to Thousand Island Lake, we hiked up North Glacier Pass to see Lake Catherine.The Pass, located between Banner Peak and Mount Davis, is a short distance away from Thousand Island Lake with an alpine meadow at the base of the Pass which quickly turns into a rugged talus/...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

    5.0
    30.27 mi / 4757 ft gain
    Unlike most through hikes that require two cars or hitchhiking, you can accomplish this with only one car by using a YART. Another benefit is that by entering in Mammoth, it is usually much easier to get permits as opposed to starting in Yosemite where permits can be harder to get. Then once yo...
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    San Joaquin River via the PCT

    6.55 mi / 810 ft gain
    San Joaquin River via the PCT is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near June Lake, California.
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  • Madera County, California

    4-Day Backpack Trip to Thousand Island Lake

    5.0
    Start from Agnew Meadows about 7 miles away. You can take the High Trail out as part of the River Trail with a long detour passing by several other scenic lakes, including Shadow Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ruby Lake. You will arrive at Thousand Island Lake a few hours after lunch, just in time to set...
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  • Madera County, California

    Ediza Lake via Agnew Meadows

    4.0
    13.54 mi / 1804 ft gain
    Start at the Agnew Meadows Trailhead. You will need to arrive before 7:30AM or take the Shuttle from Mammoth Mountain. Start out by heading north on the John Muir Trail. You will pass Shadow Lake; walk around the south side of the lake for mountain views. Then, follow the trail up Shadow Creek u...
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  • Madera County, California

    Backpack to Cecile Lake

    16 mi / 1904 ft gain
    Located in the heart of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Cecile Lake can be reached from a variety of trailheads. I chose to start out in Agnew Meadows. From here, the trail criss-crosses through a serene lowland environment with several crystal clear streams. After passing Olaine Lake, veer left an...
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  • Madera County, California

    Climb Mount Ritter

    Mt Ritter is a long climb, but it is worth the effort. Start out by establishing camp at Ediza Lake prior to your ascent. The SE Glacier route (first ascent by John Muir) follows the path of least resistance up the SE side of Mt Ritter.The route first gains a broad bench below Ritter and Banner P...
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  • Madera County, California

    Backpack to Waugh Lake

    5.0
    11 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are several trailheads you can start at to get to the lake, but we chose the River Trail in Agnew Meadows because it was the only trailhead that hadn't met the quota yet. You can check on permit's and trailheads here. If the River Trail is booked other great options are Shadow Creek, Fish C...
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Shadow and Ediza Lakes Trail

    12.57 mi / 1745 ft gain
    Shadow and Ediza Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Ediza Lake Loop Trail

    21.05 mi / 3698 ft gain
    Ediza Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Agnew Meadows to Devils Postpile

    13 mi / 1503 ft gain
    Agnew Meadows to Devils Postpile is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near June Lake, California.
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail

    8.24 mi / 1283 ft gain
    Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • June Lake, California

    Hike to Fern Lake

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Less than 30 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, the beauty of the region is captured even on the drive to get to the trailhead. No bathrooms at the trailhead, however the town of June Lake is a short bit away. Out of the gate, the trail quickly climbs 850 feet in just less than a mile. The way up, w...
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  • Mono County, California

    Gem Lake via Rush Creek

    5.0
    6.91 mi / 2313 ft gain
    This hike starts next to Silver Lake in the June Lake Loop, located just north of Mammoth Lakes, CA off HWY 395. There is a parking lot near the RV park as well as street parking across the road from the trailhead.  Once you head out on the hike, you'll start gaining elevation as you hike up tow...
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  • Madera County, California

    Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls

    5.0
    4.53 mi / 509 ft gain
    If you do this once the shuttles are running from Mammoth Mountain, you'll want to park at the Mammoth Mountain Inn and took the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus to the trailhead closest to Devils Postpile. It was a short and easy hike, about 0.5 miles to the base. While many walked past Devils Postpile a...
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Lower Falls via Devils Postpile

    6.08 mi / 659 ft gain
    Lower Falls via Devils Postpile is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near June Lake, California.
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