Bishop Pass/John Muir/ Piute Pass Trails Hiking

Southwest of Bishop, this 54 mile loop passes high alpine lakes and meadows line along the Bishop Pass, John Muir, and Piute Pass Trails. Starting at South Lake, the Bishop Pass Trail hovers between 10,000 and 12,000 feet for the first 13 miles, reaching some of the most remote terrain in the Sierra Nevadas John Muir Wilderness. Though the next 23 miles north on the John Muir Trail through Evolution Basin is a well-used route, a quarter-mile trek to the backside of a lake will leave you feeling completely solo. Just west of Piute Creek, hook onto the Piute Pass Trail for an 18-mile hike to the trailhead at North Lake, about eight miles from your car at South Lake.

To reach the trailhead from Bishop, head southwest for 20 miles to the end of the South Lake Road. To arrange for a shuttle, call Dial-a-Ride in Bishop at 619-872-1901. Make sure to camp about two miles in from the trailhead at Long Lake prior to attempting 11,980-foot Bishop Pass.

Make sure to check ou the Keoughs Hot Springs, about 7 miles south of Bishop.

Bishop Pass/John Muir/ Piute Pass Trails Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  INF (619) 873-2500. John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia/Kings Canyon Wilderness Backcountry Map ($6) and Wilderness Press's Mt. Goddard topo map; Starr's Guide to the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra Region (800-935-1056). Wilsons Eastside Sports.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Sabrina Campground

Luxury Loding:  Parchers Resort (619) 873-4177

Breakfast Restaurant:  Jacks, Bishop; Great Basin Bakery, Bishop

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Date Updated:  7/20/2016

Bishop Pass/John Muir/ Piute Pass Trails Hiking Map


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