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Big Pine Lakes Trail is a 14.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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: 14.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,389 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This hike starts off slightly uphill for quite a ways until you start rounding some corners and eventually you'll make it to a waterfall. You continue a ways until you make it to the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and mountain lakes. There is no shade for the first 3/4 of the trail. Bring a lot of water. The views at the end (and even on the way there) are INCREDIBLE.

hiking
9 hours ago

Has anyone camped along the trail recently?

hiking
no shade
13 hours ago

Great hike, made it to lake 5. Lake 5 was frozen.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail, made it to 6/7 lakes. Lake 5/6/7 were all iced over, 7 looked like you’d need snow gear. Definitely got near waist deep in snow at some points. Really beautiful hike, well maintained trails for the first 5 lakes, the trail between 5 and 6 was unclear but you can just beat a path across without special gear. One of the most scenic hikes, next time I’m camping at lake 2 and heading out to the palisade glacier!

hiking
3 days ago

Anyone know of any campsites that are open nearby? Is camping along the trail allowed at this time?

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

This was an amazing trail, difficult but amazing

hiking
3 days ago

Erick: My guess is that the gate is closed, so you would have to walk many miles just to get to the trailhead. I wouldn't try it unless you know something I don't.

backpacking
4 days ago

Has anyone backpacked here yet recently? If so how did you obtain your permit? Were their offices open for walk in permits ?

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful trail well taken care of

hiking
4 days ago

Hi everybody, As I am very new in US, I need your advice. To get there I have 2 and half hours of driving, so want to be sure that it is not close due to COVID19. 2d question is, if anyone is interested to join me? Thanks in advance for your helps!

hiking
4 days ago

The review below mine must’ve only gone the first 1.5 miles or so. You can also go to the lower trail at the beginning and you’ll be along the creek within trees. Plenty of shade and aspen groves after the initial exposed brief climb. Lots of tree coverage even afterwards, hiked to Lake 2 for a day hike on 5/15. Small water crossings, passing along Big Pine Creek, nothing washed out. One of the best ES hikes.

hiking
no shade
washed out
6 days ago

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with breathtaking lakes at the top. We completed the loop around 5 lakes but most of the trails near lake 4 and 5 were covered knee to hip deep in snow so be prepared. One of my favorite hikes! Great scenery and friendly people. Would love to backpack it next time.

hiking
15 days ago

Made it to 3rd lake with a few patches of snow. No extra equipment required. Nicely marked trail, there are shortcuts/long cuts available to choose from. Had a perfect day.

backpacking
icy
muddy
rocky
17 days ago

backpacking
icy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail on 11/4. Started at 730am and got back to the car at 430pm. We spent time exploring off trail and took breaks at each lake! We hiked to the fifth lake and decided to hike back down the same way, instead of hiking the loop. The first lake and the fifth lake were my favorite! It was such a beautiful hike! Weather was perfect. It was sunny and probably around 50 degrees? Not sure though. I definitely want to come back in the summer to swim and maybe stay overnight.

hiking
5 months ago

I wanted to get an update on the conditions there. Was planning to hike this on December 21st with some buddies of mine. Was planning to reach the second lake and head back but does anyone think this is feasible without snow shoes. We have trecking poles but I'm afraid the snow will be too deep to walk in. Also will the lake be safe to walk on? P.S did this hike earlier this year in August and it was amazing. took 7 Hrs. R/T including fishing at the 2nd lake for an hour. Caught some brook trout with my spinning rod and night crawlers for bait. Funnest fishing experience I had in awhile was catching them left and right.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Hiked on 11/24/19! Started the trail at 10am and got to first lake at 1pm (with a lot of breaks). So much snow and watch out for the icy stairways! Lake 2 was a short distance away so why not go see the beauty! Both lakes were unfortunately frozen, but were absolutely breathtaking!

backpacking
icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Trail was easy to follow in 5 inches of fresh snow. Lakes were all frozen over

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