Big Pine Lakes Trail

MODERATE 104 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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2 days ago

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2 days 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

3 days 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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4 days 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.

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9 days ago

This hike was everything I hoped for and more! Even the trail itself is amazing. I did this as a day hike; started at 9:30am and finished at 7:30pm. I made it to the Second Lake, I could have made it to the Third, however I decided to spend my time swimming and eating lunch at the Second Lake. By then, 3:30 rolled by and we decided we should probably head back. I am 100% doing this hike again, except I will backpack it and be sure to stay at least 2 nights up there just so I can see all 7 lakes and the Palisade Glacier. The lakes are JUST as they look in the pictures, if not better. The water is pure blue and very cold. I want to say by the 3 mile mark up to the lakes, you come across Lon Chaney's cabin. It's right off the trail and such a cool thing to see. He had his cabin right next to Big Pine Creek and it's very peaceful and a nice place to rest. This is a hike that you'll want to do again! I loved every second of it.

9 days ago

the views were spectacular, the trails were well maintained. I already want to go back.

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24 days ago

Beautiful hike. Completed on 7/18/17, no issues with snow. The trail goes gradually uphill until you reach the lakes. There is not made shade. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. It's totally worth it.

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25 days ago