Big Pine Lakes Trail

MODERATE 119 reviews
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Big Pine Lakes Trail is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4648 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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Totally Awesome, I am so out of shap

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20 days ago

8/27/17. Beautiful hike with lots of everything. The waterfalls are great to take some time and enjoy. The sounds of the creek while hiking, exposed areas for grand views, flowers and wooded areas, the lakes, the palisades. Saw lots of fish and lots of fishermen. Wow, great hike! Only gave it 4 stars as this is a heavily used area, be prepared to see lots of people.

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24 days ago

amazing hike and scenery!

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1 month ago

This hike exceeded my expectations. Really pretty with good variety, and swimming in the freezing lakes was so fun. We brought our dogs and hot on the way out for them but they loved everything else, especially playing in the streams. Highly recommend

1 month ago

There is elevation gain the whole way but it is gradual. Stunning meadows and waterfalls before you get to the first lake about 5 mi in. Second lake is right around the corner. Do make sure to get to the lake front and take a photo. Lake three is another 15 min. Turned around there for a day hike. Took 7.5 hours. Lovely.

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1 month ago

One of the best hikes there is. Camped at Big Pine Creek Campground near trailhead night before. Parked in Day use only parking at 7:30am on a Friday and only 3 other cars there. No problems with mosquitos. Got to first and second Lake around 10:30am. stunning lakes. Took a quick swim in - freezing but it was necessary. Made it to 5th lake but had to finish it off there and complete the loop through Black Lake because not enough water (brought 4 liters for 2). Made it back to trailhead Parking at 4am. It was hot on the way out but lots of people hiking in still in the afternoon.