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Bishop Pass Trail

Bishop, CA

Bishop Pass Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail located near Bishop, California and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October. It generally gets very cold at night so be prepared.

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Palisade Glacier
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

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Big Pine Creek
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Fun trail, exposed, headed towards glaciers in the background. stopped at the creek, who knows how far and how beautiful the trail gets after, next time!

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North Fork Big Pine Creek
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Love this trail - put in over 50 miles last year during the winter. Always trying to get to North Palisade Glacier. Get to Fifth Lake and have to turn back around cause it's to hard for some of the guys with my group after 12000 foot elv. Oct and Nov best time. for a winter trip..

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Big Pine Creek
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

A great must do back packing trip.. Start off at the parking lot near Glacier Lodge. Take the high trail and head NW towards Black Lake. A good one day hike camp at Black lake catch some fish the next morning and head SW to the fourth and fifth lake. There's a total of seven lakes. To many views to name them all.. Make sure you get all the permits needed..

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North Fork Big Pine Creek
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

I hiked this trail this summer with my husband who is NOT a hiker, my 25 lb daughter on my back and my 6 year old son. It was a tough hike, and we vowed next time that we would hike in and stay over night, sans kids. My husband did some fly fishing at the creeks along the trail. By far the highlights were Lon Cheney's cabin, the unfettered wilderness, and the sounds of the untouched forests. If my 6 year old can do it, so can you. We were exhausted when we finished. We were .4 miles short of first lake when we turned around be we started after 1 pm and did NOT want to be hiking out after dark. This hike is a MUST DO, there is nothing like seeing sights that most people will never lay their eyes on! :)

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Big Pine Lakes
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike in the autumn. Cold weather had us staying in a Glacier Lodge Cabin. We hiked up to first and second lakes for a day trip. If you're fishing, the creek is pretty wooded, so bring your spin reel. Fly casting is easier up at the lakes, but the fish are pretty small due to smaller food supplies. They stock the creeks down near the campgrounds so you can pull some decently sized rainbow trout out of the creeks around 8k feet. Nice area to spend a weekend…beautiful spots near the lakes to camp.

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Big Pine Lakes
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14 Completed 7 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes. We only hiked to the First and Second Lakes but its pretty challenging with a 2500 ft. elevation gain over about 4 miles/one way. Plenty of waterfalls and views to make it worth while with the ultimate payoff at the pristine steel-blue lakes. Hard to believe this place exists in California. First time here was over a Memorial Day weekend. Lakes were still FROZEN. This time was in late July. Perfect weather with slight chance of afternoon rain. Next time will be in the Fall when the Aspens change color.

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North Fork Big Pine Creek
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This was my second time hiking up North Fork. During the year, I'm fairly inactive and out of shape. So this was a very long and difficult hike for me. The trail had a mix of flat, incline, stone steps and playing leap frog through streams. Going up and down the hike had its own challenges. Going up, of course, the incline worked your thighs and calves tremendously. On the down, it was faster, but was a toll on my feet and toes. Coming down the incline caused terrible toe jam and some more calf work outs. Alas, it's a beautiful sight when you reach the lakes. It's serene and majestic. The lakes are ice cold since it's partially formed by the melting snow from the mountains across the lake from us. Nothing like seeing ice patches at the end of May in Southern Cali.

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Big Pine Lakes
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19 Completed 16 Reviews

The hike to the first falls is less than a mile and suitable for a family. Lots of wildflowers and an amazing forest pine scent make this a great destination.

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Big Pine Lakes
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

By FAR, the most beautiful hike I have done in California!!

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