Top Adventures in Big Pine

  • Trout Fishing in the Owens River

    Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada, Inyo, and White Mountains, the Owens River Valley is picturesque and home to some quality trout fishing on the Owens River. If you like to pair photography with fishing then this is the ideal location for you - the...

  • Run or Hike to First and Second Lake via Big Pine Creek North Fork

    The North Fork of Big Pine Creek is often cited as having the most unbelievable scenery reachable in a single day. And it's hard to disagree. The Big Pine Creek North Fork trail is just minutes outside of Big Pine off the 395. If going in the wint...

    10 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Camp and Hike the Big Pine Lakes

    The North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail offers some of the best high alpine scenery in the Sierras. As the peaks of the Palisades pierce the sky with its craggy span of summits you will find it is as picturesque and dramatic as any in California. Nest...

    12.5 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Fourth Lake on the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail

    From Big Pine, you'll turn onto Crocker St. to head towards the mountains. Once you are about 11 miles down the road you will see a sign and a turnoff on the right for trailhead parking. That is where you are going to want to park if you are stayi...

    12.5 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Long Lake

    Directions The trailhead for Long Lake starts by South Lake outside Bishop, CA. You'll want to take Line Street, which is the 168, West out of Bishop. Approximately 14 miles up, you'll want to merge left towards South Lake. This junction is wel...

    7 miles

  • Climb Columbine Peak's NE Ridge

    Directions This Bishop Pass Trail starts by South Lake outside Bishop, CA. You'll want to take Line Street, which is the 168, West out of Bishop. Approximately 14 miles up, you'll want to merge left towards South Lake. This junction is well-sig...

    15 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Backpack into the Palisades from Bishop Pass

    Drive up to the trailhead near South Lake from the town of Bishop (you can get directions at the Ranger Station when you get a permit). The hike goes from approximately 9,000 ft. to 13,000 ft. over the course of 9 miles.The first approximately 6 m...

    18 miles 4000 ft gain

  • Hike the Chocolate Lakes Loop

    Begin at the South Lake Wildflower Trail and head toward Chocolate Peak (the brown peak on the horizon). Take note that the trail is not maintained once it leaves the main trail by long lake. Previous hikers have left rock cairns along the path to...

    7.4 miles 1633 ft gain

  • Hike the Treasure Lakes Trail

    The Treasure Lakes Trail is dog and kid friendly, just make sure all parties can handle the elevation gain. The scenery throughout the entire hike is amazing, and early in the summer, the creeks roar. The lake is perfect for cooling off on a hot s...

    6 miles 1916 ft gain

  • Hike up to Bishop's Pass

    To get to the hike drive twenty miles west from the town of Bishop, California up Hwy 168 to South Lake. There are two parking lots  but make sure to get there early because later in the day it's harder to get a spot. The trail starts from South L...

    12 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Backpack Atop Sawmill Pass

    At 11,347 ft., Sawmill Pass lies on the Sierra Crest and enters Kings Canyon National Park in the Woods Creek area. Both the John Muir Trail (JMT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) can be accessed through this pass. The Sawmill Pass trail is a st...

    20 miles 6700 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Blue Lake

    Starting in Aspendale at 8500 feet, this 5 mile hike is very invigorating and beautiful. To get here, take hwy 395 until in Bishop. Turn onto hwy 168 until you pass the small town of Aspendale. The road dead ends about another mile up the road and...

    6.2 miles 1350 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Big Pine, California

      Big Pine Canyon

      Overview Big Pine Canyon Recreation Area includes two group campground sites. Named for glaciers that can be seen at the end of the valley, Clyde Glacier Group Site and Palisade Glacier Group Site ...

    • Big Pine, California

      Big Pine Creek Campground

      Overview Big Pine Creek Campground, surrounded by sprawling meadows and towering trees, is perfectly situated in the scenic Big Pine Canyon. Campsites are perched along the cool, fish-filled waters...

    • Big Pine, California

      Upper Sage Flat

      Overview Take the family to Upper Sage for a pleasant camping trip along the banks of Big Pine Creek. Here, visitors can experience the beauty of the creek that runs along the base of a narrow cany...

    • Big Pine, California

      Cedar Flat Group Campground

      Overview Cedar Flat Group sites are popular with academic institutions for geology field trips. With no nearby light sources, the night sky is brilliant for star gazing and night photography.Recrea...

    • White Mountain Road

      Grandview Campground

      Grandview Campground is nestled in low hills covered with Pinyon and Juniper. A large open area in the middle of the campground gives a truly grand view of the night sky. The combination of 8,600 f...

    • South Lake Road

      Table Mountain (Inyo)

      Overview Table Mountain Group Campground is located 18 miles southwest of Bishop, California, along the South Fork of Bishop Creek. Here, the creek has bountiful trout to please anglers. Nearby gla...

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