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.