The Best Backpacking in Bishop

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Top backpacking spots in and near Bishop

  • Bishop, California

    Photography in the ButterMilks

    5.0
    The Eastern Sierras have some of the most spectacular views in the world. This area in particular is known for its rock climbing. It also has amazing opportunities for photographers.The nights during a new moon are incredibly dark and create great astro photography shots. During the day, the l...
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  • Bishop, California

    Baboon Lakes via Sabrina Basin

    8.53 mi / 2165 ft gain
    Gorgeous and sizable alpine lakes beyond Blue Lake via Sabrina Basin trail.  There are some very confusing descriptions on the internet for this so hopefully this can help. Hike for 3 miles to get to Blue Lake, which is huge and a popular camping spot for backpackers. Continue past the lake (it ...
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  • Bishop, California

    Backpack Across Mt. Humphreys Basin

    30 mi / 3375 ft gain
    Before heading out, you will need to get a backpacking permit to stay overnight in this area. You can buy one here to pick up in town at the Bishop, CA Ranger Station, in the morning.The trailhead begins at North Lake campground (9,345'), in a beautiful lush area, with streams and aspen groves. A...
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  • Bishop, California

    Backpack to Upper Lamarck Lake

    5.0
    5.8 mi / 1562 ft gain
    Starting out at North Lake Campground, the trail to Lamarck Lakes is a fairly gradual ascent. After climbing out of the meadows near the trailhead, you will find yourself on a ridge with few trees to block the great views of Grass Lake and the valley below. Lake Sabrina is on the other side of ...
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  • Bishop, California

    Piute Pass Trail to Muir Trail Ranch via Florence Lake and John Muir Trails

    38.79 mi / 6115 ft gain
    Piute Pass Trail to Muir Trail Ranch via Florence Lake and John Muir Trails is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Bishop, California.
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  • Bishop, California

    Climb White Mountain Peak

    4.4
    14 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Not surprisingly, White Mountain Peak is the apex of the White Mountains, which rise out of the desert floor just north of Death Valley. The White Mountains were aptly named as they are frequently covered in snow.The trailhead starts at 12,000ft and winds it's way over a few hills before the fina...
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  • Bishop, California

    North Lake Loop via Lamarck Col and Alpine Col

    16.33 mi / 4829 ft gain
    North Lake Loop via Lamarck Col and Alpine Col is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Bishop, California.
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  • Bishop, California

    Sailor Lake Backpack & Climb of Mt. Haeckel

    5.0
    13 mi / 2500 ft gain
    The basic part of this adventure is a backpack to Sailor Lake. From there you can enjoy small dayhikes to the nearby lakes or waterfalls, go fishing, enjoy some photography or just lounge in camp and gaze at the beautiful scenery. Although Sailor Lake looks smaller than the nearby lakes it stil...
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  • Bishop, California

    Backpack the Piute Pass Trail in the John Muir Wilderness

    21 mi / 2000 ft gain
    With so many famous hiking trails in the Sierras, its hard to find a trail as isolated as the Piute Pass Trail. This trail allows you to hike in the John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, and Sierra National Forest in one 20 mile section of trail. You will encounter amazing wilderness, spect...
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  • Big Pine, California

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

    4.0
    12.5 mi / 3000 ft gain
    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 staying overnight but you can continue to where the roa...
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  • Bishop, California

    Hike Pine Creek Pass to Lower Pine Lake

    10 mi / 2500 ft gain
    The Pine Creek Pass is usable for day hiking and overnight adventures. If you'd like to spend the night, be sure to pickup a wilderness permit! If you plan to bring a four legged friend, make sure to indicate that on your wilderness permit request. There are several lakes you can stop at througho...
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  • Bishop, California

    Gable Lakes Trail

    7.76 mi / 3340 ft gain
    Gable Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Bishop, California.
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  • Bishop, California

    Honeymoon Lake Trail

    12.01 mi / 3238 ft gain
    Honeymoon Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Bishop, California.
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  • Bishop, California

    Lake Italy via Pine Creek

    22.27 mi / 6467 ft gain
    Lake Italy via Pine Creek is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Bishop, California.
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  • Bishop, California

    Backpack to Long Lake

    7 mi
    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 well-signed if you keep an eye out for it. Head the ...
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  • Bishop, California

    Climb Columbine Peak's NE Ridge

    15 mi / 5000 ft gain
    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-signed if you keep an eye out for it. Head the rest ...
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