Thursday, August 9, 2001

Hike: Gem Lake via Rush Creek Trail, Mono County, CA


Distance: 6.6 miles
Route Type: Out & Back
Elevation Gain: 1,943 feet
High Point: 9,187 feet
Duration: 2 hrs


Getting There:

The Rush Creek Trail starts at the Silver Lake parking lot on the June Lake Loop, just passed the June Mountain Ski Area. I was camping at the Sherwin Creek Campground in Mammoth Lakes with two friends from San Diego. We got to the parking lot in mid morning of the hike.

I think we drove back to San Diego afterwards.

The Hike:

The first two miles has a grade of 17% and climbs steadily above Silver Lake, no switchbacks. At the top of this section is a railway track that looks like stairs from a distance is not. It's pretty technical and you'll want to take it slow and carefully.

A little further along you reach Agnew Lake and the dam. 

The trail hugs the north side of the lake to another dam for Gem Lake.

From what I remember, we hike pretty far up the East side of Gem Lake and had lunch. The map at the top of this post is bit shorter of a hike.