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Lone Pine Lake Trail to John Muir Trail

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John Muir Wilderness

Lone Pine Lake Trail to John Muir Trail is a 13.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lone Pine, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.

Length 13.4 mi Elevation gain 5,462 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Lake Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Snow No dogs
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Christy “CC” Cheung
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Gorgeous partially shaded trail with moderate incline to Lone Pine Lake.

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Geoffrey Moen
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Left at 5 from the parking lot. Reached Trail Creat around 11:45. Unfortunately ran into an unexpected storm with rain, hail, and some thunder, so decided to head back. This is a very tough trail to do in one day without a start at 2am or before I think. An amazing experience though. If I try again I might go for an overnight to break up the hike.

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Angie Lira
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I dream of being there again!

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Millet Rodulfa
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It's 3.3 miles from My Whitney Portal and 2.8 miles going down. it was a beautiful hike, good use of trekking poles, Rocky, and a lot of switch backs, dogs are able to use this trail.

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Liberty Morin
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beautiful

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Tim Klimowicz
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Got a late start around 10:30am, and felt slightly rushed as a result. Overestimated the difficulty/length, and surprised myself by making it to the pond from the portal in 2 hours despite plenty of small breaks along the way. First time hiking above ~6000 feet, and I started to feel the altitude in my breathing just a bit. Be sure to walk around the pond when you get there -- great views down the vallery from the rocks on the far side of the pond, and a nice perspective looking up the rest of the valley toward Whitney from that side as well. Took just about as long going down, so it was 5 hours round trip including the hour spent exploring and relaxing at the pond. Definitely recommend the hike, and can't wait to do it again.

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Brad Lewis
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About 2.5 hours up and 1.3 down. We'd do it again

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Wendy B
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Loved it!! Challenging, yes but was the best hike of my life so far!! Can't wait to do it again!!

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Laura Nuñez
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The trail was definitely worth it and the lake was lovely but it's straight up hill, no flat areas at all for the 2.5 mile climb. Also the instructions confused my hiking partner and I. For anyone venturing: you keep left at the first fork in the road (across the tiny "waterfall") and keep going up until you cross the log-bridge, then it's just up and over a few rocks to get to Lone Pine Lake (there's a sign) This is the furthest place you can hike without a permit at Mt. Whitney, and it's a great place to have lunch, took us 2 hours up and 1.25 down.

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Eric Johnson
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Did this hike with 5 kids in various levels of fitness. Was a good steady climb up to 10,000 ft just before it goes back down 8,890 at a beautiful Lone Pine Lake at the treeline. Great place to have lunch. About 2 hrs max up and 1.5 or better down.

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Gavin Swanson
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Scenic. Not in very good shape and this brought out muscles I didn't realize I had. I Almost quite half way up but I'm glad I didn't. My Girlfriend is in much better shape and had no problem with it. Our 17 pound Pug mix got a work out but had no problem.

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Rene Clausen Nielsen
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As we didn't have the necessary permit to go further, we just had our lunch at the beautiful lake before returning. We hiked at a very moderate pace and were at the lake an hour and forty-five minutes after we left the trailhead. The trip down took only an hour and fifteen minutes. This is a very easy hike although the change in altitude can obviously be felt if you pace yourself. It is a very beautiful hike and you should be able to spot some wildlife along the trail.

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Sarah Rubin
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Tommy Dalton
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Jenna Kuklinski
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Keshav Tyagi
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Xuandi Li
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Sajith Gopinath
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Andre Andreas
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Fermin Sanchez
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Carole E.
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Hiker Norm
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Mario Martinez
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Michael Rodriguez
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Jamie McElyea
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Shane Swiderek
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Zachary Fergot
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Michael Didier
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Dennis Karpuska
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Sarah D
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