Bishop Pass Trail

HARD 35 reviews
#10 of 118 trails in

Bishop Pass Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2851 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

This is one of the most popular places in the Eastern Sierras, so get your permit early or you may be out of luck. Once you get out of your car and throw on your daypack or backpack you are in for an incredible adventure. As you gain altitude the scenery just gets better. In the beginning this is not a hard hike. You pass some of the most beautiful lakes you can imagine, which have some very large fish in them. At about 3 miles you come to a lake and you can see the pass with its numerous switchbacks. From here you put your head down and climb about a mile to the summit. It is extremely rocky in this area, but the footing is not bad. You can expect some snow on the trail in the spring and lightening storms in the summer and early fall. Make sure you check the weather reports. Once you reach the summit (11,972 feet) the fun has just started; the views are stunning. You now cross the pass and descend into Dusi Basin. If you are day hiking this is the area where you probably need to turn around, unless you started very early. If possible you want to spend several days in the basin because it is so vast and so beautiful. You can spend hours just hiking off trail with no possibility of getting lost. There are so many lakes in this area that you cannot count them. It is a photographers paradise. The two things you must be aware of are bears and cold weather. You are required to bring a bear canister to keep your food away from the bears. Unfortunately, the few trees are not high enough to hang your food. Finally, it gets cold at night. In the spring and early fall the temperature will go below freezing.

11 days 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!

hiking
11 days ago

24 days ago

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.

25 days ago

Amazing

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Only hiked to Long Lake, but the scenery was stunning

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, even on a dark day. I wouldn't rate it as hard since the elevation gain isn't too bad. It's just the altitude (11,972ft) that gets you if you haven't acclimated yourself, so bring ibuprofen. Plan for about 10 miles roundtrip, roughly 5.5-7.5 hours, a few good stream crossings, & manageable snow on the trail. Have a great time! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out on IG. Cheers!

hiking
2 months ago

Day Hiked on 7/28/17

A couple patches of snowfield remained but no need for crampons/microspikes. Also the stream crossings can be avoided if you look for land crossing. A little warm in mid afternoon on the way back but great scenary, lots of water source. No permit needed for day hike and great view of the Sierras!

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked on 6/26/17

three day backpacking trip. This was the year of 2017 where we had so much snow that we didn't know what to do with it.

The trail was almost impassable at the switchbacks before long lake, unless you have microspikes at the least... and should probably have crampons and trekking poles.

In some places the trail was completely swallowed by melted snow and would require crossing water and streams. with crampons, we easily navigated around the edges of these to snow bridges.

We camped at chocolate lakes and it was totally awesome the first night.
the second night we camped right before bishop lakes.

We summited bishop pass mid afternoon. The snow was very soft, but not post holing.
The mornings were crisp and the snow was a hard good consistency for climbing with crampons.

Any questions, feel free to find me on instagram. @_ratzz

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3 months ago

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10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

South lake to bishop lake; great day hike. 10-11 miles out and back. Much of it strenuous. All of it amazing. Start early morning so the hard part of the hike is in cool weather. We started at 930 and we're back to car by 230 with a 1/2 hour stop for lunch at bishop lake.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Beautiful hike! Strenuous but worth the hike!

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

It was spectacular but bring lots of repellant. For a newbie it might be achallenge but worth it. There are several lake to choose from. My favorite is Long lake. Fishing good too.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

I hiked this trail over the pass to get to La conte canyon to meet up with friends doing the JMT. Just amazing !!!!! It was around 16 miles from the trail head to meet with the JMT but worth every mile.

camping
Friday, October 30, 2015

Hiked the Bishop Pass Trail the weekend of October 23-25 of 2015, the temps were cool, the sky was clear during the day with high clouds at night, very few visible stars. No problem getting a permit and there were very little people on the trail and even less camping over night. There was a little snow all the way up to and at the pass, about 6 inches although spotty. It was a 5 star weekend.