Spooky Meadow Trail #2606
ElevationAscent: 1,711' 521 m
Descent: -517' -158 m
High: 10,044' 3,061 m
Low: 8,465' 2,580 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“Run from Agnew Lake past the beautiful Clark Lakes and over a low ridge to connect with PCT.”— Lee Watts
Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The next 1.5 miles are a very steep,1,400-foot climb out of the Rush Creek and Spooky Meadow canyons.This section is not for those with acrophobia. The trail crosses and switchbacks up extremely steep rock slides of stones varying from small rocks to boulder size. When viewed from the Rush Creek Trail, it looks pretty scary, but it is not that bad when you are actually on it. The trail is reasonably wide, and it is not really dangerous as long as you pay attention.
The trail crosses a creek at Spooky Meadows, where there is a least one good campsite. It quickly climbs high above the meadows to cross a broad ridge. Near the top, there are views back of the northern part of the June Lake loop, Mono Lake, and beyond.
From this point on, the trail is easy. Drop about 100 feet to the highest Clark Lake and then another 100 feet to the largest. Both are grassy, but beautiful. They are surrounded by red rocky cliffs and have good fishing. Cross the junction of the Clark Lakes Trail at the north end of largest lake. That trail, which branches off from the Rush Creek Trail on the west side of Gem Lake, is a longer, but much less steep way to reach here. It continues around the east side of the lake and on to Summit Lake and then drops down to the PCT.
The Spooky Meadow Trail continues around the west side of the lake where there are good campsites. It passes 3 more small Clark Lakes and then climbs about 100 feet over a low ridge. From there, the trail drops down 300 feet to the PCT about 1.8 miles from Thousand Island Lake. On the way, it passes a breathtaking viewpoint that looks down the San Joaquin Canyon towards the Mammoth Crest and Silver Divide, with the Ritter Range on one side and San Joaquin Mountain on the other.
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office