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John Muir Trail

Bishop, CA

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John Muir Trail is a 222 mile heavily trafficked 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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Buttermilk Country Drive
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Road was dirt but not bad at all, I don't even think you would need 4X4. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! We saw deer. Very peaceful. :)

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John Muir Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Fell into a life long love of mountains when I first encountered the Rockies, only to have them redefined by the Sierras a year later. I knew I had to come back for this trail and in 2014, I conquered it.

This might be the most beautiful trail in the country and should not be missed. Logistics and challenge together make for the greatest test for reward and beauty. Highly recommended if you need to change your life in any capacity, and we could all change a little.

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Little Lakes Valley
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31 Completed 11 Reviews

Bummer Bummer and Bummer. With stupendous planning upfront to hike this trail only took us about .7 miles with only to realize snow was daunting. Will go back and yes worth the write-up on disappointment as this is a gorgeous 7 mile hike worth going back to Bishop for.

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Methuselah Trail
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31 Completed 11 Reviews

Hiked at 10000 feet- visitor's center was closed due to snow, so had to park the car in one of those vista points which made us hike extra 2.5 miles to the visitor center only to be disappointed that it was not hike able due to knee-high snow. However enjoyed immensely the hike to this point through which we were huffing ad puffing at that elevation. Enjoyed the bristlecone pines, the beautiful views of sierras and mount whitney at a distance on the way. Will go back to hike methuselah

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Lower Rock Creek Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Ranged from intermediate to advanced, with a small portion across a rock slide area (100 yds. Non-rideable, had to carry bike). Use caution as you are well removed from any assistance in the event of a medical difficulty. Overall, loads of fun, just take it easy.

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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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8 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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8 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 Trail
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7 Completed 7 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.