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John Muir Trail

Bishop, CA

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John Muir Trail - America's most beautiful long-distance trail - is a 220 mile point-to-point trail running from Yosemite Nat'l Park south to the summit of Mount Whitney, with an exit at Whitney Portal. The trail is primarily used for backpacking and is accessible from July until October.

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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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8 Completed 2 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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Big Pine Lakes
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

The parking lot is just west of big pine ca up a 2-3000 ft climb in mostly dry high dessert stuff. you begin walking through mostly rocks and chapparel for the first 1-3 miles, then u see the first waterfall and u hike right beside it as u gain another 1-2000 ft.. now you are in aspen trees, we did this in october and it was truly magical, good flow on streams, yellow aspens falling as we climb higher, several stream crossing and climbing more and more passing an old rangers cabin.. before reaching turquise lake one.surrounded by 14000 ft pinnacles to the south and west.. . u can hear a waterfall coming from lake 2 into 1 but we trek on and end up camping at the shores of lake 3 high peaks also surround it. .. also turquise from the glacier run off. cold that night... up early we go see lake 4 and set up camp by lake 5. we spend the day fishing here and fooling around just enjoying the views and the lake. i get in to wash off.. very cold that night, frost in the morning.. the next morning we hike back down to the car and enjoy a meal at a classic cafe off 395, then its 5 hour drive back to san diego.. ps great workout i lost 5 lbs on this hike , also this was my first backpacking adventure and it hooked me.. can't wait to see more of the majestic east sierras

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North Fork Big Pine Creek
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

By far the toughest longest hike I've done, my calves are still sore, but the payoff of First and Second Lake, Amazing and so worth it. Stunning views in every direction. Next time I'm backpacking it so I don't have to walk all the way back to camp after reaching the lakes.

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Saline Valley Hot Spring
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

This is the best of the best. 50 miles dirt road adventure to get into this oasis in Death Valley. Not a trip for the weak. Plan on spending at least a week there. 5 hot springs there.

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