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Distance

13.31 mi

Elevation gain

3,146 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

3,091 ft

Max elevation

10,850 ft

Trailrank

50

Min elevation

7,810 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes
  • Photo of Big Pine Lakes

Coordinates

500

Uploaded

August 10, 2011

Recorded

August 2011
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10,850 ft
7,810 ft
13.31 mi

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near Big Pine, California (United States)

The grand tour dayhike of the Big Pine Lakes basin. This route will take you to First and Second Falls, First through Fifth Big Pine Lakes, and Summit Lake. After Summit Lake, there is no official trail, so you end up boulder hopping back to the trail above Black Lake. Highly recommended hike!
Waypoint

Big Pine Lakes Jx

First junction once you reach the Big Pine Lakes basin. Turn right to go to Black Lake, turn left to go to First Lake.
Waypoint

Black Lake

Photo

Fifth Lake OL

Fifth Lake overlook
Waypoint

First Lake

Waypoint

Fourth Lake

Waypoint

Glacier Trail Jx

The junction for the trail to Sam Mack Meadow. This is the trail to go see the Palisades Glacier.
Waypoint

Lower N. Fork Trl

The lower trail follows a sandy flat trail, the upper trail traverses the side of the mountain. Both end up in the same place.
Waypoint

North Fork Jx

Trail junction for the North and South fork of Big Pine Creek.
Photo

Second Falls

Second Big Pine Creek falls.
Photo

Second Lake OL

Second Lake overlook. Great camping spots here.
Waypoint

Summit Lake

Waypoint

Third Lake

2 comments

  • Photo of markmcla

    markmcla Apr 10, 2012

    Thanks for posting this trail! I can't wait to hike it this summer.

  • Photo of cthenn2

    cthenn2 Apr 12, 2012

    The view of Temple Crag from Second Lake is one of the most spectacular views in the whole of the Sierra. It's mind-blowing.

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