Grass Lake Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.0 miElevation gain675 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingDog friendlyLake
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Thomas Meyers
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Kevin McNamee
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July 18, 2020. We hiked from Sabrina Campground to North Lake, then to Grass Lake and back along the unmarked trail that leads back to the road near North Lake. Total was about 7 - 8 miles, or 16500 steps. It's great if you can find your way down the back side, there is a trail but we only saw 2 other people on the way down, so I'm guessing not used or known about much. Great loop hike with lots of creeks and streams to keep your bearings for your directions. If you're not familiar with exploring, stick to the trail and follow it back to North Lake Campground. Those willing to take the trail I took, it made the hike a lot better than just an out and back.

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David Parsons
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The trail was about 4 miles if you start at the parking lot at North Lake. The first and last mile is along a dirt road and quite dusty as the vehicles drove by. The trail to the top consist of several switchbacks and maybe it was the elevation but it seemed a lot more than 675 foot elevation change.

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Kendra Dahl
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Hike was beautiful, but several things we wished we'd known: 1. You can't park at the trailhead (it's a campground) so you have to park in the North Lake lots and walk ~.7 mi to the trailhead. 2. There are no signs for Grass Lake... the trailhead is for Lamarck Lake and then has a sign pointing to Grass Lake about a mile in. 3. The mosquitos were TERRIBLE. We should have had bugspray along. 4. Maybe it was the elevation, but we thought it was more of a moderate than easy hike (with 3 kids ages 7-12). Despite all this we were glad we did it and would still recommend it.

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Krista Cooper
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Easy beautiful hike and to get out into the wilderness! Great way to start the season of hiking. Looking forward to going up to Lamarck and other areas in the Eastern Sierra.

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Lee Mahannah
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Great hike....not much elevation gain in truth, but kicked my sea-level butt on the way up. Dogs enjoyed the run, and the swim. Be sure to park at the trailhead parking, not day use....added some unintented distance and time. Still, a great hike with gorgeous scenery...and no bugs!!!

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darren sandquist
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Pretty hike and lake. Only a few people on trail. Mosquitoes not too bad; worse around lake. Dog friendly. Beware that you have to walk ~1.0 miles from parking to trailhead.

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Bo Zhou
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Just came back a few hours ago. What a blast! The whole Aspendell area is a piece of heaven. It is so colorful. Wish we had more time to explore. Now, here’re two things you need to know if you’re planning to visit this time of year. 1. Wear water-resistant hiking boots! The trail gets muddy at places and I totally got my feet wet. 2. Bring a mosquito spray for your life! Oh, one more thing. It definitely felt more strenuous than easy for me. I’d give it a moderate, especially that I had to park almost a mile from the trailhead...

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Garrick Merrell
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Great little hike, with some good small brookie fishing

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Benjamin Archambeau
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Easy hike to a beautiful lake.

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Desertsand _
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Great hike, excellent scenic views. Note: 90% of the trail will be uphill. Trail is well marked an easy to navigate.

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Don Thomas
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This is a good beginner’s hike to introduce you to the elevation and the beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. For this hike you will need to park in the North Lake Hiker Parking lot. Next follow the dirt road southwest to the North Lake Campground and once in the campground locate the trailhead next to the public restrooms. This trail leads to Lamarck Lake also, but after about 0.75 mi. you’ll see the Grass Lake option on your left (south) and after .25 mi. you’ll arrive at the lake. Along the way, enjoy the great experience of the wilderness as you pass rolling streams serenaded by swaying branches… a great introduction to the area!

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Doris Lance
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Located off Hwy 168 west in Bishop, head toward Lake Sabrina and North Lake campground to the John Muir Wilderness, which offers hiking trails in the Eastern Sierras lined with aspens along Bishop Creek. Parking for the Grass Lake and Lamarck Lake trails is a half-mile from the actually trailhead, at the North Lake campground. At the trailhead there are port-a-potties and a signboard describing your options to strike out toward Piute Pass to the right or Grass and Lamarck Lakes to the left. The trail is well marked and elevation gain to Lower Lamarck is only 1,500'.

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Bridgette Barnsley
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Darrel Jordan
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April Armijo
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Marisol Garcia
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Larry Vietti
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Chris Baldwin
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Diana Hannah
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Chesha Banks
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Bryan Rojek
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Laurence Blocker Jr
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Keith Abercrombie
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Kimie VanVleet
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Don Lee
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Jason Claypool
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Evan Spotswood
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Tim Lam
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Julian Chavez
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