First Falls and Second Falls Trail to Third Lake

MODERATE 7 reviews
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First Falls and Second Falls Trail to Third Lake is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Pine, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

10.2 miles
2677 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers


Going to the popular First through Seventh Lakes up the canyon north of Mount Sill, this trail also offers views of Temple Crag and the Palisade Glacier. The trail that begins at First Falls in the shade of Jeffrey Pine and Aspen. An altrenate trail from the backpackers parking follows a sunny slope and joins the trail above First Falls. The trail goes across sage and Manzanita covered slopes to enter the wilderness boundary near Second Falls. As the trail climbs past the chain of Big Pine Lakes there are many opportunities to observe the affects of glacial activity, such as cirques, glaciated granite and glacial erratic. A side trail loops to Black Lake, offering views of glaciers and the Sierra Crest before rejoining the main trail near Fourth Lake.

3 months ago

This hike is amazing. The hike down is even more amazing. Worth the drive and I would love to do it again. I brought my 7 year old daughter and she didn’t give up, but she is used to hikes like this and we took breaks.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Easy Hike and empty in the winter if the road is snow free.

Sunday, July 03, 2016