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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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White Mountain Peak
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47 Completed 4 Reviews

This is definitely a great trek for acclimatizing for Whitney. Although the trailhead starts at 12,000 feet, and the trail is extremely well paved, the series of switchbacks is tough. There is a small stone structure at the summit of the third highest Fourteener (14, 246 ft) in California.

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Methuselah Trail
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10 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike. It was not an easy one up at 10,000 feet especially during winter. Lots of Snowshoeing was done. Road was closed 2 miles down from the visitors center and so added 4 miles onto the hike. Defiantly recommend just make sure you leave a whole day to do it.

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Ancient Bristlecone
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14 Completed 17 Reviews

Took my boys on the little Nature trail outside the Interpretive Center. Think it was a little over 1.5 miles. Great views of the most unique tree on Earth if you ask me!! I plan on going back and doing the Methusa trail as well as the trail up to White Mt. Just seeing the trees is crazy and the center has some really cool pictures and info on the history of the BristleCone Pine. The views of trees alone warrant a 5.

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Bishop Pass Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

6 day backpacking hike to Florence lake Bishop pass is a awsome hike with amazing views a hike I will definitely do this hike agian.

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Methuselah Trail
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32 Completed 17 Reviews

What an awesome trail! I didn't have much expectation of a trail near a visitor center, but this was great. Spectacular scenery, ancient trees and a real nice trail. I combined thus with the Cabin trail and got another 1.5 miles out of it and a tremendous view of vista of the Sierras at the top.
The trail wasn't difficult even with the snow but the elevation has me huffing and puffing even if the gain wasn't too much. I worked up a sweat in the 49 degree weather. It was beautiful with the snow on the ground and the bright sunshiny day.

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Hilton Lakes
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24 Completed 16 Reviews

I lived in Hilton Creek/Crowley Lake this summer, so this trail was easy access for me and my dog. I haven't completed the entire trail yet, but what we've completed thus far was very enjoyable. The beginning at the trail head is quite a steep climb, so eat your Wheaties before you head out! Fun to reach the top and peer out over Crowley Lake!

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Little Lakes Valley
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31 Completed 12 Reviews

This one is highly recommended. Stunning views, multiple lakes and it's great for a day hike or use it as a start for an overnighter backpack. The trail is not that difficult and good for kids and dogs.

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Wyman Canyon Ride
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

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Silver Canyon Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Easy but steep 4wd track.
Terrific views from the switchbacks.
Take the alternate route near the top for a more challenging finish.

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Little Lakes Valley
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22 Completed 19 Reviews

This area is such a great area to camp, backpack, fish, and hike. The little lakes valley trail is a fairly easy trail and all the trails that venture to other destinations along the way are very well marked. This trail also leads, if desired, over Mono pass and down to the Pioneer Basin area. Of course, going over Mono pass is much tougher than going through the Little Lakes Valley, but it is so worth the extra effort.

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