Mammoth Lakes, CA: Sadler Lake

Escape Yosemite Valley crowds on this 21.2-mile, multiday trek to glacial cirques and turquoise lakes deep in the wilds of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
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Escape Yosemite Valley crowds on this 21.2-mile, multiday trek to glacial cirques and turquoise lakes deep in the wilds of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 17.1

Waypoints

SDL001

Location: 37.5316505432129, -119.30110168457

Take Walton Trail N into open terrain scattered with Jeffrey pines

SDL002

Location: 37.5386009216309, -119.30249786377

First views NE of majestic Pacific Crest

SDL003

Location: 37.5582389831543, -119.32039642334

Cross Madera Creek, then turn R @ T toward Lillian Lake; enter 231,005-acre Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

SDL004

Location: 37.5601005554199, -119.322601318359

R @ Y toward Joe Crane and Sadler Lakes

SDL005

Location: 37.5613098144531, -119.32250213623

Stay R toward Joe Crane Lake; descend into West Fork Granite Creek basin, heading N toward Timber Creek

SDL006

Location: 37.5735664367676, -119.313041687012

Stiff, 1,000-foot ascent begins on overgrown Timber Creek Trail through pine-lined ridges of 9,850-ft. Timber Knob

SDL007

Location: 37.6046295166016, -119.309196472168

Trail crests at small pond providing sweeping views to E of the jagged granite massifs of the Ritter Range

SDL008

Location: 37.6183090209961, -119.306297302246

After swift descent, head E as trail fades in a meadow laced with knotweed and whorled pen stamen

SDL009

Location: 37.6200408935547, -119.301902770996

R to Sadler Lake @ E end of meadow, then descend to East Fork Granite Creek

SDL010

Location: 37.6240692138672, -119.297401428223

Turn L @ creekbed and head N for switchback ascent to Sadler Lake

SDL011

Location: 37.6420516967773, -119.300598144531

Stay R around E shore of Sadler Lake

SDL012

Location: 37.6440582275391, -119.302696228027

Sadler Lake (9,362 ft.) framed by inclined meadows; best LNT campsites 100 feet+ from E shore. Dayhike: From WPT 11, head .9 mi. W to McClure Lake, an alpine gem tucked below a sheer granite headwall