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Big Pine Lakes Trail

Big Pine, CA

Big Pine Lakes Trail is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Pine, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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McMurry Meadows Loop

Big Pine, CA

Recent Reviews

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
15 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Wildflowers, streams, and waterfalls!

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous weather. Camped near by

on Split Mountain
1 month ago

backpacking
5 Completed3 Reviews

Fantastic climb of a 14er.

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
2 months ago

18 Completed4 Reviews

on Big Pine Creek
2 months ago

hiking
63 Completed45 Reviews

Didn't know what I was getting myself into with this one. Hiked 5 miles in 2 hours to the first lake of seven. Really physically challenging as there was packs of snow, ice and water to cross but totally doable with good hiking boots and layers. The cabin is awesome. Didn't continue to the remaining lakes because it started to snow a bit and the trail easily disappears deeper in. Overall, truly excited to hike this part of the JMT.


3 months ago

Amazing! It snowed!

on Palisade Glacier Trail
4 months ago

10 Completed5 Reviews

Very beautiful and an easy day hike.

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Sooooooo gnarly! Just the coolest trail I've been on.
Went all the way to lake seven and then up rock slide mountain and onward to THE RIPPER!
Pretty dreamy situation up there for sure! YEWWWW!

on Eureka Dunes
4 months ago

hiking
7 Completed5 Reviews

We hiked Mesquite and Eureka Dunes (with my three young boys... 5, 8 and 9) - We did Eureka first, then Mesquite. They thought Mesquite was lame in comparison. It is a rough drive to get there - truck or SUV is recommended, as it is 45 miles of washboard to get there, but once there, you have the dunes practically to yourself. This is a low-traffic corner of the park (due to difficulty to get there), but I personally think it is one of the gems of the park for that very reason. Went in March - weather was probably 80 degrees, but the sand warmed it up a bit. Bring water and a good hat!

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
6 months ago

camping
1 Completed1 Reviews

We did a lot of backpacking trips last year and this area is by far my favorite. We camped at lake 1 right near the inlet of lake 2. There's a spot at the bottom of this hill that's perfect for accommodating 8 hikers. Absolutely amazing views. Cheers!

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
7 months ago

camping
2 Completed1 Reviews

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
9 months ago

hiking
29 Completed1 Reviews

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
10 months ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

We were planning on only going on a short three mile hike but the waterfalls kept enticing us up and up until we decided to go all the way to first lake. We absolutely be back to explore the other lakes further

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
10 months ago

hiking
13 Completed11 Reviews

we hiked till the third lake. the weather was nice but felt feverish. could be the high altitude. the best thing about the hike was the colors of the lakes. brilliance. it was a great leg burner but not as hard as the bishop pass hike.

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
11 months ago

camping
32 Completed1 Reviews

Camping at 3rd lake was a breathtaking experience. Seeing 1st lake was the most memorable of my life so far. Looking forward to experience all 7!

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It's mostly a gradual climb of 4.5 miles to First Lake. Second Lake offers a great view of Temple Crag in the background. We hiked up to Fifth Lake. That's about a 14-miles round trip hike from 7800 ft to 10800 ft. Beautiful views along the way with wild flowers and sound of waterfalls in mid July. Did this day hike with an 11 yrs old. Saw a family with a 5 yr old and a 7 yr old on their way up to First Lake and having a great time. It's a bit crowded for a nice Saturday in the summer, but it's not difficult to find nice quiet spots to take in the vies. Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms in the summer. Check the forecast first! A great hike!

A trail map can be found https://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5195705.pdf.

on Big Pine Creek
1 year ago

camping
1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome

on Big Pine Lakes Trail
1 year ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews


1 year ago

walking

Great up-close view of dunes--the really high ones are a bit of a hike from the road. You can see lots of animal tracks in the sand. Bring water if you plan to walk any distance into the dunes. It gets hot!


1 year ago

hiking