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Parker Bench - Inyo National Forest

National Forest
Fall Colors looking up at Parker Bench

The Parker Bench area is situated between the beautiful June Lake loop and the Mono Basin Scenic Area. The rolling sagebrush hills are accentuated by scattered stands of quaking aspen, and framed by the towering backdrop of the high Sierra crest.

Travelers are drawn to the unique landscape of the Mono Basin and the nearby lakes, streams, forests, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Recreational opportunities abound, including hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, skiing, horseback riding, and more. The weather is typically warm and sunny in the summer months, with occasional thundershowers, though snow is a possibility at the higher elevations, even in summer.

Pet Friendly Notes

Please keep pets on a leash.

Recreational Opportunities

There are two trail heads that lead to the Parker Bench area. One is accessed from the Rush Creek trailhead located across from the Silver Lake Campground in the June Lake Loop and the other access to Parker Bench can be obtained from the Parker Lake trail.

There are views of the June Lake Loop, lower lakes and crags. Spring wildflower viewing and fall colors are also notable.


Seasons Accessible

Spring, Summer and Fall



Nearby Places