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My favorite backpacking place.

This is excellent location to spend few days camping and fishing. Remoteness makes it quiet and... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2019
Los Angeles, California
Camped there while hiking the JMT

It is a lovely place. Some camp sites are off limits for restoration, but there were many places to... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2019

This is excellent location to spend few days camping and fishing. Remoteness makes it quiet and pristine. Sweeping views to Banner and Ritter peaks. Recommend climbing them, but make sure you have proper equipment (crampons & ice axe) even in the summer. Also, secure your...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

It is a lovely place. Some camp sites are off limits for restoration, but there were many places to camp.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank duanerh
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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  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.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank wendyandmarc2016
Reviewed 17 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

Date of experience: October 2016
1  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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Vicki S
Reviewed 1 August 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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank MrBeti
Reviewed 1 July 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.

Date of experience: July 2015
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

Date of experience: August 2015
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1 November 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.