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South Lake - Evolution Valley - North Lake Loop



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Piute Pass
Piute Pass
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This trip, known as the "Classic Sierra Hike", begins a few minutes from Bishop and crosses 3 passes. We climb over Bishop Pass, Muir Pass and Piute Pass - each over 11,000 feet.



We begin at South Lake, cross Bishop Pass and descend though Dusy Basin to Le Conte Canyon. We join the John Muir Trail and cross Muir Pass and descend through Evolution Valley to Goddard Canyon. We then turn east into Piute Canyon and climb to Humphreys Basin, cross Piute Pass and descend to North Lake.
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Page One: Day 1 - To Long Lake

Trail Stats:
Number of Days: 7
Miles: 55
Highest Elevation: 11,955
Lowest Elevation: 8,975
Begining Elevation: 9,900

Suggested Links:
Inyo National Forest
Official NFS Web site.
Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
Official Web site
Wilderness Permits
Info on wilderness permits in the Inyo National Forest.

Ranger Station:
Bishop Visitors Center

Trailhead Map:
Trailhead at South Lake

Directions:
Take Highway 395 to Bishop and turn west onto Highway 168. Once you are in the mountains you will turn left to South Lake, or right to North Lake.

General Notes and Observations:
This is a popular hike so you should get your trail permits in advance, but a few permits are available from the Bishop Ranger Station the day before entry.



Most people seem to do this trip in the opposite direction as us starting with North Lake and ending at South Lake. I don't think it really matters which direction you go.



Also, since the trailhead is at nearly 10,000 feet it is recommended that you stay a night at one of the campgrounds nearby. This will give you some time to acclimate before heading off. We didn't do this and we regretted it.

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