Description: This is a DAY HIKE of at least 10 miles. The night before the event, we sleep at the overnight parking area of the South Lake Trailhead. Some may arrive early during the day to acclimatize with the elevation. On the day of the event (Saturday), we meet at the South Lake Trailhead, where there is a restroom and bear boxes, at 7:00 a.m. Then, we start our hike at 7:30 a.m.
Last year, we did this as a 2-night backpacking trip. We set up our tents near the vicinity of South Lake on the first day, stayed overnight, hiked Bishop Pass the next day, broke camp, and headed home without staying for a second night. Considering that we won’t be hiking with a heavy pack on our back, this year we are therefore doing it as a day hike instead.
After the hike, participants will have a choice to head home or spend the night at the overnight parking area and hike the Treasure Lakes Trail (a short but very beautiful hike) the next day.
AllTrails info (Bishop Pass Trai):
“The trail starts at South Lake trailhead and climbs to the valley between the Inconsolable Range and Hurd Peak. As you gain altitude the scenery just gets better. At about 3 miles you will arrive at Long Lake and you can see the pass with its numerous switchbacks. You will climb a series of granite benches, with many lakes and ponds. The highest lakes are are found at the foot of Mt.Thompson and Mt.Goode. It is extremely rocky in this area, but the footing is not bad. Once you reach the summit (11,972 feet), you are rewarded with views of the vast and beautiful basin below. You now have the option to continue on and cross the pass to descend into Dusy Basin and LeConte Canyon where the trail eventually meets the John Muir Trail.”
AllTrails info (Treasure Lakes Trail)
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