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John Muir Trail

Bishop, CA

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John Muir Trail is a 222 mile point-to-point trail located near Bishop, CA that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from July until October.

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John Muir Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing trip. 21 days of hiking in a post-card, so beautiful. Lots of planning required. Definitely a bucket-list type of trip.

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Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

I ended up doing this trail with a group and was a bit nervous on how they would handle it. They did such a great job! We ended up going out when it was a bit colder so a lot of the people had trouble but we all made it. We did lose the trail once because it was a bit washed off but we found it and the best part was arriving to the lake after a lot of uphill work. Blue Lake was beautiful!

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Discovery Trail
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7 Completed 6 Reviews

* If there is limited time, and you need to see these ancients, this is THE TRAIL.
- You can get a quick tour of these trees quite quickly.
* We spent a whole 3 hours, slowly meandering and taking photos all along.
- It is also home to the pine alpha
* It is on the hillside with the ancient bristlecones, whereas on the opposite hill next to the visitor center is the less ancient birstlecones.
* It showcases some interesting trees, including the 'pine alpha' that Schulman found.
* It is kid friendly, we visited late October
* Be prepared for some chill winds.
* It is a fairly easy trail, under no-snow conditions.
* Further, down slope you will find teeny-tiny bristlecones on the ground, which are around 15-20 years old!

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Methuselah Trail
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7 Completed 6 Reviews

* This is a nice walk, with some hiking in between.
* It has a clearly marked trail head, next to the visitor's center.
* It also has a nice trail-map, with numbered spots, (you might want to pick up a trail map $1) at the trailhead.
* It is indeed scenic with those ancient trees.
* Our 2.5 year old managed most parts, although she needed her afternoon nap (which meant a 1 mile of carrying).
* FYI: The trail is marked for 4 miles, although this is marked as 7.6 miles.

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Rock Creek to Long Lake
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

The entire trail is beautiful, not overly crowded, and Long Lake is the prize at the end of the hike. Love this hike! Great for dogs, kids and fishing.

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Bishop Pass Trail
by Dave Macias

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked the Bishop Pass Trail the weekend of October 23-25 of 2015, the temps were cool, the sky was clear during the day with high clouds at night, very few visible stars. No problem getting a permit and there were very little people on the trail and even less camping over night. There was a little snow all the way up to and at the pass, about 6 inches although spotty. It was a 5 star weekend.

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Chocolate Lakes Loop Trail
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25 Completed 15 Reviews

Fun little loop hike with 5 lakes, optional peak and just a tiny bit of route finding! Take the trailhead from south lake and hike back to Long Lake. You'll pass the turnoff to Chocolate lakes, but that okay, you'll be back. You reach aptly named Long Lake and get a treat as you hike around the lake. Take the time to sit and soak up the view, as you have a bit of climb coming up. To your left looms the brown Chocolate Peak. As you hike alongside the lake, you'll come to the stair/trail to RuWau Lake. Slog up the stairway and trail to this pretty and big lake. Once yo reach RuWau, we lost the trail, but instead just went along the left side (north) of the lake. We found the trail again as it wound up the mouth of the canyon on the north side of the lake. Once you reach the saddle, you are overlooking the highest of the Chocolate Lakes. If you want to summit Chocolate Peak, now is your chance. Head left off the trail and clime 100+ feet of reportedly easy scrambling to the flat top. (We didn't want to get side tracked, but met an oldtimer who gave us the above info about the peak.) The trail zigs and zags down steep slope to the west side of the lake where the trail becomes clear again. You can then wind down through four lakes before rejoining the original trail that brought you to Long Lake. Go right and back to your car. We showed this as 1,900 ft and 7.3 miles. Just a good stretch of the legs.

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Mosquito Flat
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Amazing! This is one of the most beautiful hikes you will ever try!

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Bishop Pass Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Hilton Lakes
by Scott Mackley

21 Completed 4 Reviews

Great trip for the family good fishing and saw a couple of brown bears