Kelvin and I like to celebrate our wedding anniversary by a lake each year. We got married at Lake Tahoe, so we thought it would be a fun tradition to keep. Last anniversary was our second anniversary, and we celebrated it with a backpacking trip to Thousand Island Lake in the Sierras. We obtained a permit by walking into the Mammoth Ranger Station / Mammoth Lakes California Welcome Center. It’s open daily from 8AM-5PM, and we got in line around 7AM. There was only one other group in front of us.
This map of the trails was super helpful in planning our trip.
We started at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center / Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort and took the mandatory Reds Meadow / Devil’s Postpile shuttle to Agnew Meadows (first stop). You can purchase tickets outside the Adventure Center, and shuttles leave pretty frequently.
From Agnew Meadows, you have several trail options to reach Thousand Island Lake. We took the High Trail to Thousand Island Lake and on our return, we took the John Muir Trail to Shadow Creek to the River Trail. The distance from Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake via the High Trail is 8.92 miles, and the return distance was 9.35 miles. In total, the loop is approximately 18.27 miles.
We ran into two pack trips along the High Trail. I’d love to try one one day.
A few minutes after we arrived at Thousand Island Lake, a huge storm came through. We barely had enough time to set up a tent for shelter before it started hailing. Here’s our tent post storm in a huge puddle. Don’t worry, we moved our tent further from the lake (more than 200 feet) after the storm passed.
At night, Kelvin climbed up to capture some star photos with Banner Peak in the background.
We woke up for sunrise and watched with awe as Banner Peak glowed pink.
As we headed back on the John Muir Trail, we passed several lakes. This portion of the trail was very scenic.
Garnet Lake was beautiful and could definitely be a destination on its own.
This was a wonderful way to celebrate our 2nd anniversary.