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Did this hike years ago. It was great to bag another CA 14er, but not nearly as scenic as the others. Also, there was still a lot of snow on the upper mountain that had a thin top crust, making it to where every step punched through. Twice the effort with every step. Would have been a lot easier without the snow. But even then, I'd have to say this is my least favorite 14er. Great view from the top of course, but pretty barren all the way up. It was cool seeing the bristlecone pine trees as we drove there. Overall a decent outing, but not sure I'd do it again.

Camped at Box Lake and it was the bomb.

Hiked this trail 4 days ago - absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is frozen over, the area made a gorgeous campsite. There is a lot of snow up at that elevation, and several patches of ice on the trail leading up.

Truly a "gem" of a hike - the views are spectacular! Starting at 10K, but not a lot of elevation gain in the hike. Did this over the summer, but created my account in January, so we did NOT go in the winter!

Solid hike, we were stupid and made it to the top with no spikes or axe. Was insanely dangerous but still made it. Bummed there was no sign up at the top.

Great hike! The road to the trailhead is closed due to snow 1.3 miles short of the trailhead. Luckily others had hiked before us so the snow was slightly packed out. When my gps said we were .8 away from gem lake the footprints stopped. The snow was now too deep, in my opinion, to posthole for another mile and it was getting late so we turned around. Still a beautiful hike!

We went today 12.09.2017, the trail was covered with snow and the lakes were frozen. The trail was nice, it gives you great views and the silence around was amazing.

3 months ago

Only 15 permits available at a time so the trek is pretty secluded. Wraps around 7 beautiful alpine lakes. Quite a bit of uphill in the beginning (roughly 6 Miles) and totally worth it! Spectacular views!

We went up to Bishop for a night with our pup two weeks ago and decided to try our hand at this trail—glad we did. Every turn gave you a new breathtaking view of snow tipped mountains and several lakes. We even saw a few people playing ice hockey on a frozen lake! We aren’t experienced hikers, but the intensity of the trail was doable with a few breaks along the way. Due to a flare up of an old back injury, we turned around with a mile left before the turnaround, unfortunately. It took us about 4 hours for 5.5 miles and the views and experience were definitely worth putting in the miles!

This was an amazing hike. The drive to get there is a 4x4 road that will rattle you for 16 miles. Once at the trailhead the hike itself is not very technical, but still very challenging. The altitude will sneak up on you, so be careful and hydrate up. Highly recommended to those who are looking to bag their first 14er.

This is a beautiful trail! It is very well maintained and our 5 year old and 9 year old hiked it fine.

Our only issue was initially finding the trail, as many websites hardly mention it.

“From Bishop go North on Highway 395 to Tom’s Place. Follow Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flat to the end of the paved road where there is plenty of hiker parking.”

Those were the best direction I found. No distances listed.

4 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Well maintained. Views are spectacular. Hike is quite challenging, primarily because of the altitude, especially toward the peak of the pass... about 1 mile with 1000 foot elevation change up to about 12,000 feet. We went at the end of October and there was a little snow at the pass but overall the weather was gorgeous and the trail was easily passable.

this is one of my favorite day hikes it's just absolutely gorgeous there and such a rewarding hike

great hike! you get to see a few Lakes great views but stay hydrated at the end of the day you'll be tired

this trail should be rated as hard it's pretty steep hike up to the lake but I would do it again great views

The trail starts off at a slight incline and then you'll pass through a section of aspen trees mixed with boulders which makes the landscape look absolutely beautiful! I hiked this trail in the beginning of October and the golden aspens mixed with the gray boulders was breathtaking. You'll pass by 2 waterfalls and then the switchbacks to get over the ridge. Let me tell you, after all those switchbacks, the views of blue lake blew my mind! Absolutely worth it. My intention was to do this as a day hike, but really, I should have spent a few nights here. Well, there's always a next time.

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Probably my favorite lake trail in California. Not too hard either.

Great short trail. The altitude wears you down a little but trees are great.

Very scenic hike, slight incline the ap says it’s “easy” it’s a little harder then easy for beginners but the scenery is absolutely beautiful, the trees, rocks, lakes and mountains are just perfect. Worth your time.

Epic trail def want to start early

5 months ago

Did a day hike past bishop pass into the lakes beyond. The trail is very well maintained and very moderately graded. Views after the pass are spectacular. We went in October and caught the aspens turning color!

Backpacked this trail last weekend 9/28/17. Beautiful trail and amazing lakes .

Beautiful views specially beginning of fall, golden Aspens everywhere forming canopies, nice and moderate trail, took my 2 chihuahuas and cairn terrier and they did great, a must do trail,water everywhere just need a filter!

Great views and absolutely exciting for a first timer. Definitely a low gear experience coming down. 5-6 water crossings over a light running creek.

This hike was spectacular. Lots of great views. Because of poor planning, we ended up going over Morgan Pass and kept hiking for 2 extra miles. The sign that was SUPPOSED to be directing people to Morgan Pass vs gem lakes was MIA. This caused quite the confusion within our party. We then made our way over to gem lakes and decided to climb the ridge next to the upper lake. (YOLO) overall, great hike, great views, would rate 10/10.

The 11.3 mile route shown here starts from the UC Barcroft Station research center. You will need to park further down at the gate (1.85 miles from the station). Awesome views of the Eastern Sierra.

5 months ago

Fantastic scenery and great backpack trip. I did North Lake to South lake using this loop

on Dusy Basin Trail

5 months ago

Such a beautiful area. I would set camp up somewhere sun would hit first in the morning. Lots of camping options on soft ground. It took me a few hours to thaw all my stuff out, but scenery was worth it

Beautiful trail. When you reach the top of the pass you can continue to dusy basin. Absolutely worth the view. Dusy basin is only about a quarter mile and 100 feet downhill. You will see the trail split into left and right, head to the right for panoramic view.

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